Dachser is slowing down “investment speed” in Europe

Internationalisation through company acquisitions increased shipments volume and sales of Dachser in 2013

As transport volumes do no longer rise as strongly as in the past, the Dachser group decided to reduce investments into the physical logistics infrastructure in Europe. In 2013 they made real investments of EUR 119 million, mainly into new buildings and expansion of locations as in Langenau, Schönefeld, Northampton or Lyss near Bern, Switzerland. EUR 110 million are budgeted for 2014. „For the coming five years, we plan to adjust investments to a total of about EUR one billion“, says CEO Bernhard Simon in the frame of a media discussion in Munich.

In 2013 the globally operating transport and logistics provider drew strength from internationalisation, resulting in an increase of the gross consolidated group turnover by 13.2 per cent year-on-year, to EUR 4.99 billion. Including turnover from interests, total turnover exceeded the benchmark of EUR 5 billion, finally making Dachser a global player, Bernhard Simon emphasised.

While the Food Logistics division saw sales rise by 8.2 per cent to EUR 620 million from its own resources, the European Logistics (+13.5% to EUR 3.02 billion) and Air & Sea Logistics (+7.7% to EUR 1.4 billion) sectors were growing primarily through the acquisitions – keyword Azkar and TransUnion. The number of shipments rose considerably, specifically by 37.5 per cent to 69.6 million as a result of the strong market position of the Spanish Azkar Group in the industrial parcel business. The group tonnage without TEU was 32.9 million tonnes (+9.3%).

By the end of the year the number of employees was 24,900 persons, with 48 per cent of the staff working outside Germany. Dachser runs a network of 471 locations, in 42 countries worldwide now (+ 5).

As to the year 2014 Bernhard Simon explained to the press that he was expecting “value-driven growth based on an expansion of the international traffic and high-quality contract logistics services also outside Europe“. The group has been able to take momentum from the Q4/2013 to the new year, benefiting from the mild winter.


Quelle: LogEastics
Portal: www.logistik-express.com

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