Friday, January 17, 2014

New Freight and Supply Chain Hub for European Logistics Group

Switzerland Sees Development of Latest Premises
Shipping News Feature

SWITZERLAND – Having secured a win in the Staff Development category of the annual BIFA Awards in the UK, principally for the excellence of its new training facility, Bavarian headquartered group Dachser has announced the development of its latest logistics hub in the Bern region. This will be the ninth Swiss site for the group which has had a presence in the country since 1967 and will occupy an area of 12,200 square metres, creating around 40 new jobs in freight forwarding and supply chain operations for the region.

The construction site for the new premises in the Lyss industrial park witnessed Marcel Meier, President of the Board of Directors for Dachser Switzerland, in attendance, along with Urs Häner, Country Manager and Andreas Hegg, Mayor of Lyss for the ground breaking ceremony, and transport operations are due to begin in September 2014. From 2015 on, Dachser will have a presence in the Canton of Bern in addition to its already existing locations in the Cantons of Zurich, Basel-Land, St. Gallen, and Waadt and the proximity to Western Switzerland will shorten runtimes as much as an entire day.

The first phase of construction entails a 2,260 square metre warehouse for industrial goods, where 18 trucks can be loaded and unloaded. Each floor of the two-story office building is 680 square meters. In addition, a 4,000 square metre area has been reserved for a possible building expansion currently planned to proceed in 2019.

Mayor Hegg welcomed the development saying Dachser was broadening the mix of job types for the region, with the expansion of logistics services benefitting local small industries and skilled trades and manufacturing plants. Urs Häner commented:

“The new site will enable us to develop our operations in the Bern region and, at the same time, to relieve the pressure on Birsfelden. With its nine branch offices, Dachser now has a presence in Switzerland’s most important economic centres.”