DB Schenker Logistics marks 50th year of business in South Africa

DBSCHENKER125(Essen/Berlin/Johannesburg, November 8, 2012) DB Schenker in South Africa is looking back on fifty years of successful growth. The journey began in Johannesburg on October 11, 1962. Today, the company has grown from a small office for air and ocean freight to one of the country’s leading providers of logistics services.
Schenker South Africa (Pty) Ltd is present in Johannesburg, Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria and Cape Town with its own facilities. About 1,000 employees actively serve the needs from trade and industry.

The company has multi- and single user warehouse facilities countrywide. Main customers include the international automotive industry and its suppliers, aviation, entertainment electronics, the retail and consumer goods industry as well as pharmaceutical and chemical industries. DB Schenker offers the full range of freight forwarding, contract logistics services and supply chain management, national distribution as well as customs clearance. Schenker South Africa (Pty) Ltd was an official service provider of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in the country.

The company will move into a new Corporate Office next October that will include not just offices, but also a new Shared Logistics Centre that will expand the storage capacity by more than 50 per cent. The 40,000 square-meter facility will include 4,300 square meters of offices for both the regional main office and Johannesburg branch as well as 35,000 square meters of warehouse. The new buildings are being constructed along a new access road for Johannesburg’s Oliver Tambo International Airport, speeding deliveries and making employee commutes simple. Construction started earlier this year.

“Our success shows that good performance and a high commitment makes it possible to win and keep customers, even in an environment that is not always an easy one,” said Dr. Thomas C. Lieb, Chairman of the Management Board and CEO of Schenker AG.

South Africa is also the home of the Regional Head Office for the network of DB Schenker in Sub-Saharan Africa, coordinating the activities in 19 countries, amongst others, Botswana, Ghana, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Bernd Weiler
Head of Transportation and Logistics / International Communications
Tel. +49 (0) 30 297-54020
Fax +49 (0) 30 297-54029

SOURCE: Submitted by DB Schenker

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