Tuesday, July 10, 2018

New Warehouse and Distribution Centre Could Use New Technologies to Manufacture for Clients  

Freight Forwarding Group Paints a Vision of Future Logistics Services

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Shipping News Feature SINGAPORE – Panalpina, the Swiss based freight forwarding and logistics company, has opened a new, purpose-built logistics centre in Singapore. Strategically located at Pioneer View, the new facility is constructed over six floors and offers 25,800 m2of usable warehouse space, which, using a current reference, is equivalent to 3.5 FIFA-standard football pitches. Speaking at the official opening of the facility, Panalpina CEO Stefan Karlen said:

“Singapore is a very important consolidation hub for ocean and air freight. The nation-state is investing in the expansion of its ports, and a fifth runway is under construction at Changi Airport. Against this backdrop, Panalpina plans to offer Air and Ocean Freight services including value-added logistics services to companies, particularly in the energy, healthcare, high tech, manufacturing, consumer and retail, as well as fashion industries.”

The majority of the space of the multi-purpose facility is already rented out to customers, and Karlen was keen to underline the importance of incoming technologies to the Singapore facility, as well as to the company as a whole.

Panalpina has plans to test and use many new technologies in Singapore relevant to the logistics sector, including the Internet of Things (IoT), augmented reality, and various automation systems. The new facility could also run 3D printers on behalf of customers, meaning it has the potential to one day become a hub for distributed manufacturing.

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