Rhenus in brief 01/17
1. From old to new
Maxx Intermodal Systems is now called Rhenus Intermodal Systems. The companies belonging to Maxx have been gradually renamed, a process that started at the beginning of 2017. The background to this is the strong growth of the Rhenus Group in countries where Maxx has operated with its own brand name in the past. The change of name aims to highlight even more clearly the shared identity and network integration of the container specialist within the Rhenus Group.
2. Piece by piece
The subsidiary Rhenus Alpina welcomed 149 members of staff during the summer of last year: it took over the break bulk business of the Swedish Loomis Group, known as MAT, on 1 July 2016; the Loomis Group is a specialist for high-security solutions in the valuables logistics sector. The acquisition strengthens the market presence and is also designed to enable an expansion of services, according to Rhenus Board Member, Andreas Stöckli.
A celebration mood at Rhenus Freight Industry Solutions: the business unit was presented a prize for its special solutions in Industry 4.0 by the state of Baden-Württemberg in November 2016. Its concept for the intelligent management of supply chains for customers attracted the award – for this system can reduce logistics costs.
4. The wishing table
Ranging from food processors to baking accessories and knives and even barbecues and spirits: the online shop Springlane offers its customers 15,000 different products for cooking, baking or barbecuing. Rhenus has been handling the warehousing and picking operations for the goods at its logistics centre in Duisburg since June 2016 – and the centre has been expanded by 20,000 square metres. Rhenus convinced the customer with its IT expertise and experience in e-commerce.
5. On an expansion course
The Rhenus Group is continuing to expand. Rhenus Media, the full-service provider for publishing houses and other media companies, extended its services in the field of customer relations management by taking over KundenProfi in July 2016. However, that was not all. The document logistics specialist, Rhenus Office Systems, acquired IOS in order to be able to offer its customers even more solutions for the digital age.
6. Big in Asia
The growth of the Rhenus Group in Asia continues to proceed at a rapid pace: the logistics specialist established a national organisation in the United Arab Emirates in June and opened a business site in Dubai. Just one month later, Rhenus and Sankyo, which is part of the Fujiki Group, launched a joint venture in Japan.
7. Strong together
Rhenus has expanded its transport services between Finland and Central Europe by working with the family business Blue Water Shipping. The groupage freight services mainly operate via central Rhenus business sites in Germany, the Netherlands and Spain. The goods in Finland are delivered from Blue Water Shipping’s distribution terminals.