CHINA: Panalpina to expand Asian presence

Swiss logistics provider Panalpinaintends to further expand its Asiannetwork, especially in China because"this is where the future key markets are and where a growing number of our customers are building production sites or plan to establishing new offices," Panalpina’s CEO, MonikaRibar said. As a globally acting logistics firm it isa must for her company to […]


Swiss logistics provider Panalpinaintends to further expand its Asiannetwork, especially in China because"this is where the future key markets are and where a growing number of our customers are building production sites or plan to establishing new offices," Panalpina’s CEO, MonikaRibar said.

As a globally acting logistics firm it isa must for her company to follow wheretheir clients move, she added.Another region Panalpina is focusingon is the CIS countries and Siberia.There, the oil and gas business is soaringand as a consequence the supplyof drilling equipment, spare parts andtools, has become a vital issue to keepthe wells running. "We already had andstill have a number of projects in thatarea and more are certainly to come,"said Ribar.

To feed the central Asian drillingholes with machinery parts and otherneeded equipment, Panalpina managesthe flow of the drilling goods with itsown controlled airfreight network fromHouston via its hub in Luxembourgand its sub-hub at Baku Airport in Azerbaijan.There, local carriers like AzalAvia Cargo take on the transit goods tocarry them to their final destinationswithin that region.

Meanwhile, another project thathas caught the interest of Panalpina’stop executives is the participation intranscontinental cargo trains that areplanned to link China with Germany.The idea stems from Deutsche BahnAG logistics arm Schenker, which experimentedwith this mode of transportabout a year ago. The outcome is that"running these freight trains is feasibleif the border controls by the customsauthorities and some other technicaland bureaucratic hurdles can be eliminated,"said Deutsche Bahn’s head oflogistics, Norbert Bensel.