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DHL invests over €30.5m in new South Africa facilities


JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa  — DHL, the global market leader in the logistics and transportation industry on Thursday announced investments totalling EUR 30.5 million by both its Supply Chain and Global Forwarding divisions in South Africa.
The investments signal the group’s long-term growth plans for the region as it brings state-of-the-art infrastructure, IT systems and world-class services to support businesses operating in Africa.

The company launched two new facilities located in Plumbago, located in close proximity to the OR Tambo International Airport east of Johannesburg. An excellent location for logistics services, the facilities offer the twin benefit of both freeway access and high visibility.

Reinforcing the importance of Africa and the emerging economies for the Group’s future, Roger Crook, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding and Freight, Member of the Board of Management, Deutsche Post AG, said “Part of our global three pillar Strategy 2020 is to focus  on further expansion of logistics services in the world’s emerging markets. Today, emerging market revenues contribute just over 20 percent of the Group’s revenues; by 2020, the Group expects this figure to climb to 30 percent(1).”

For DHL Global Forwarding, the EUR 16 million new facility located at the Plumbago Business Park boasts 12,000 square meters of warehouse space and 5,500 sq meters of office space.  The efficient layout of the new facility greatly improves cargo handling with an enhanced flow of goods in and out of the facility.
The new facility also increases the company’s ability to offer customers a full range of Value-Added-Services (VAS) such as bonded storage and re-packing, and further grow its Airfreight and Ocean Freight export handling capabilities.

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