Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Oil and Gas Sector Tempts Freight and Logistics Specialist to Expand Supply Chain Offering

Another New Hub with Others Planned to Exploit Energy Recovery Drive
Shipping News Feature

SINGAPORE – Geodis Wilson has announced the expansion of its global network of operating hubs dedicated to the Oil & Gas sector with the opening of its third such facility in Singapore to supplement its existing hubs in Houston and Vitrolles (near Marseille), The global freight management and logistics provider says it plans two such further projects before the end of the year, in Antwerp and Dubai, with two more at undisclosed locations in China and South Africa during 2015.

The company intends to increase freight volumes in that area of the business by 50% within a year of opening the new hubs. The expansion has grown from the original Houston facility which was opened in 2009 and the latest addition in Singapore is strategically located to service the Oil & Gas clusters in Southeast Asia. Vitrolles services the North African region whilst the new Antwerp hub will attend to the requirements of the North Sea region, Eastern Europe and Africa and Dubai will become Geodis Wilson’s Oil & Gas hub for the Middle East and Indian sub-continent.

Geodis Wilson works to the principal that companies within the Oil & Gas sector place complex and constantly changing demands on their supply chains, a point not lost on Philippe Somers, Senior Vice President of Geodis Wilson’s Industrial Projects Division, who said:

“As a primary provider of logistics and transport management services we must be flexible in our development. The strategy of developing a network of hubs allows us to implement enhanced solutions to these dynamic requirements.”

Familiarity with the tasks liable to arise are an essential for those working to keep the supply chain turning over and describing the customer-driven philosophy behind the dedicated global-hub network it is creating Steen Christensen, Global Head, Oil & Gas for Geodis Wilson, commented:

“Our strategy is to put a knowledge-based workforce in the centre that can work in close collaboration with our customers. Therefore the hubs are staffed by highly experienced personnel with particular knowledge and skills in the Oil & Gas sector. Flexibility in the provision of logistics services is undoubtedly a key characteristic of successful service providers, particularly in Oil & Gas. At Geodis Wilson the ability to customise solutions for each individual logistics challenge is ingrained in our culture; it’s what makes us stand apart in a highly competitive market.”