The demand for specialist logistics services for high-tech products is increasing in the digital age. The managers of Rhenus Midi Data and the TecDis international distribution network spoke about the logistics and technical services provided in the high-tech logistics sector at a press conference held on the opening day of this year’s “transport logistic” exhibition. Eighteen months after the Rhenus Group took over Midi Data, the press conference covered the following issues: an explanation of the fundamental principles involved in the integration process, discussions of success stories in expanding the business and upcoming projects, and a presentation to introduce the cooperation that is available within the TecDis network across Europe.
Rhenus Midi Data has been the high-tech logistics division within the corporate group since January 2012 after Rhenus acquired the continental European business activities of Wincanton. “Based on the enhanced opportunities available to us since we have been part of the Rhenus Group, we’ve been able to reinforce our market position in Germany and actively expand our business activities elsewhere in Europe,” says Michael Boos, Managing Director of Rhenus Midi Data, commenting on the change of ownership that was completed at the beginning of last year.
During this period, the vehicle fleet operated by Rhenus Midi Data has been modernised and the range of products for technical services expanded to pay greater attention to the needs of the customers. “We’ve been able to improve the efficiency of our network with better logistics facilities at Hamburg, Stuttgart and Berlin and new business centres at Dortmund and Ratingen,” Michael Boos emphasises. “Our expansion plans have also included opening new branches in the Benelux countries and Central and Eastern Europe – at Mechelen, Zaltbommel, Luxembourg, Budapest, Wroclaw and Bucharest.”
Additional warehousing space was created at the Rhenus Midi Data branch in the western part of the Romanian capital during the 2nd quarter of 2013 because business is developing so positively. The high-tech logistics specialist is also planning to introduce new IT systems and set up a national company in the Asian city state of Singapore in this summer.
Rhenus Midi Data has been instrumental in founding the TecDis international distribution network in Europe and its ongoing expansion. The network now has twelve members, some of which are the local market leaders in their countries. “We look after customers at industrial and trading companies by using the resources available within our network in a more efficient manner; we achieve this by means of a central coordination process, which we call the ‘control tower concept’,” says Erik van Engelen, Managing Director of TecDis, summarising one of the main purposes of the pooled operations. “We’re able to provide identical security standards all over Europe thanks to the voluntary commitment made by the TecDis members and this offers consistency for our customers. In our opinion, there’s still plenty of potential in the national markets to enable us to increase the concentration of our business centres and continue expanding our range of services.”
The Rhenus Group provides logistics services around the globe and has annual turnover amounting to EUR 4 billion. Rhenus employs over 24,000 people at more than 350 locations worldwide. The Rhenus business areas – Contract Logistics, Freight Logistics and Port Logistics – manage complex supply chains and provide a wealth of innovative value-added services.
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