Tuesday, May 7, 2013

New Logistics Hub and Industry Award for Freight Forwarding Group

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UK – SWITZERLAND – WORLDWIDE – DB Schenker Logistics has been busy of late with the extension of its portfolio in France and Ukraine and now the news of a new freight terminal for the forwarding group in the Zurich area offering services to industrial and trade customers for contract logistics, land transport, air and ocean freight, and customs clearance. The Schenker brand has been prominent at all the major trade shows of late and will be present at the AP&M Europe show, at Olympia, London running from the 7-9th May 2013.

Schenker also received a nod from the industry when it collected the award for Global Freight Forwarder of the Year at the end of April as voted for by the readers of Air Cargo News. The Swiss development sees Schenker Schweiz AG breaking ground on its new logistics hub, which will include office buildings, on a 38,500 square metre property in Pfungen, Canton Zurich. Nearly 11,600 square metres of building space will house cutting-edge infrastructure for storage, production supply, and other sophisticated value-added services for logistics. The new location is close to the highways A1 and A51 as well as Zurich Airport providing fast, strategic links to the surrounding area and beyond. Jörg Eggenberger, CEO of Schenker Schweiz AG, commented:

“Logistics space continues to be in high demand in Switzerland, and we are very much looking forward to this project. This is a milestone for Schenker Schweiz AG. We’re sending a strong signal and clearly committing to growth. Our Pfungen hub will create an optimum connection to the worldwide DB Schenker network. With this project, we are not only expanding our logistics space in Switzerland – we’re also merging our Embrach and Kloten locations, thus becoming even more powerful and efficient.”

The property on the Töss River will soon boast over 4,600 square metres of handling space, 7,000 square metres of logistics space with 66 ramps, and approximately 2,400 square metres of office space designed as a low-energy structure. This new logistics terminal will meet the highest safety requirements and will be equipped with an access authorisation system, a closed-circuit camera security system, and a sprinkler system. Commissioning is planned for early 2014.

Photo: The Air Cargo News award for Global Freight Forwarder of the Year sees Helgi Ingolfsson (centre), Managing Director of DB Schenker’s UK arm Schenker Limited, accepting the trophy from Dan Parker (left), General Manager Commercial, Virgin Atlantic Cargo, and host Gyles Brandreth writer, broadcaster, and former Conservative Member of Parliament.