Rhenus Alpina AG once again delivered decent growth of around 4% in financial year 2017. The Rhenus Group’s Swiss companies achieved sales of just under CHF 314 million (2016: CHF 302 million).
The sales growth generated by Rhenus Alpina AG in 2017 testifies to the Group’s ability to generate key stimuli for business development in a challenging market environment. In financial year 2017, Rhenus Alpina AG pressed briskly ahead with the integration of the companies acquired the previous year and the bundling of activities in the Freight and Contract Logistics areas. In addition, Rhenus Alpina AG invested in pioneering digitalization initiatives across the group, which also involved the creation of new jobs. The globally active Rhenus Group employs 1,380 people in Switzerland.
The business model was further optimized with the integration into Rhenus Logistics AG of Rhenus Freight Logistics AG, Rhenus Contract Logistics AG and MAT Transport AG. The concentration of competencies within Rhenus Logistics AG opens up new possibilities for innovative outsourcing solutions in warehouse and transport logistics. Our clients all along the supply chain will therefore have the opportunity to fully explore their specific needs in the areas of modern logistics and digital process requirements.
Capacity utilization at our logistics centres was increased in 2017 with both new business and existing client business.
In the forwarding area, a challenging year was successfully concluded with the takeover and restructuring of the former MAT activities. The organization is therefore set up to develop the global forwarding business and client requirements in a positive way.
The Swiss market leader Cargologic AG tapped into the positive development of the air freight market in 2017 and booked a year-on-year increase in air freight volumes of some 13 percent. In the forwarding area, the company generated an additional freight volume of around 10 percent. An important project initiated last year to use RFID technologies will be continued in 2018 with a view to achieving medium-term efficiency gains in the handling process.
Despite a fire in Rhenus Port Logistics AG’s soy meal warehouse which necessitated extensive clean-up work, the company continued to grow in financial year 2017. New business in the railway sleeper disposal, steel, and bulk goods (track ballast) areas together with stable volumes in the aluminium business helped to increase annual sales and ensure optimal utilization of all storage/transshipment capacity in the port of Basel.
Contargo AG was confronted with a number of major challenges in 2017: Following the outage of the gantry crane and a low-water phase at the start of the year, the protracted interruption of rail transport at Rastatt from mid-August onward had unplanned repercussions. While domestic waterway transport benefited from this development in the short term, transported consignments overall declined significantly in the final quarter of the year, particularly in the rail area. Thanks to the redimensioning and restructuring of rail production initiated in 2017, Contargo AG began the year in consolidated form. The structural problem of the existing infrastructures remains, particularly the ongoing shortage of space. Only with the urgently required realization of Gateway Basel Nord will competitive parameters be in place for a trimodal transshipment terminal.
Rhenus Traffic Solutions AG, a Group company which specializes in services relating to the management of construction logistics, was able to increase business volumes slightly in 2017.
With the foundation of Rhenus Secure Logistics AG as per 1.1.2018, the valuables activities of Rhenus Alpina Group were spun off into a stand-alone area. The focusing of activities around Zurich Airport is helping to establish a more solid footing for our services in the market. Overall, this area has grown more strongly than the market in recent years.
“In 2018, Rhenus Alpina AG will accentuate its focus on client benefits and invest in the digitalization of processes and modern infrastructures”, explains Andreas Stöckli, CEO of Rhenus Alpina. This will enable us to produce innovative offerings, increase the efficiency of supply chain processes, and open up attractive growth opportunities for the entire Rhenus Alpina Group and its clients.”
The Rhenus Group is a global logistics service provider with annual turnover of EUR 4.8 billion. Rhenus employs over 28,000 employees at more than 580 locations. Its Contract Logistics, Freight Logistics and Port Logistics business areas manage complex supply chains and provide a wealth of innovative value-added services.