Globalisation has tremendously accelerated international transactions and the movement of goods from port to port. Responding to the demand for swift quality service, competitive logistics companies have evolved into one-stop businesses that provide various interlinked services.
The duisport Group owns and manages the Port of Duisburg, the world's largest inland port situated at the heart of the Rhine-Ruhr region where over 300 logistics companies are located. With a capacity of 4 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEU), the port posted 4 per cent growth in 2012 compared to 2011 and handles 2.6 million TEU. It has more than 360 weekly rail services to more than 80 direct destinations throughout Europe and Asia, including Moscow, Istanbul and Chongqing.
"As a solution provider, we offer integrated logistic services along the entire supply chain and value-added services in close partnership with our clients," says Erich Staake, CEO and president of duisport Group.
As the leader in the German specialised industrial packing market, duisport packing logistics (dpl), a subsidiary of duisport Group, provides customised packing and transport for various cargo - from hazardous products to complete industrial plants. dpl has facilities, inter alia, in Duisburg, Hamburg, Antwerp, Mumbai and Shanghai.
The logistics specialist has maintained a robust presence on the mainland through its facilities in Shanghai, bolstered in 2012 by the opening of a second branch in Wuxi. This expansion has boosted dpl's activities in one of the mainland's bustling industrial regions. Their development makes the duisport Group optimistic about growth potential in Asia. In addition, the existing railway connection between Duisburg and Chongqing will further advance trade between Europe and Asia, thus strengthening duisport's prominence as a central hub in Europe.
"The company will continue to increase its activities on the Asian continent while serving as the gateway to European markets," Staake says. "Asia and especially China will remain the key growth markets in the near future."