Rhenus in brief 02/17
1. RHEVOlution through innovations
“Provide evidence of your creativity and entrepreneurship” – that was the invitation issued to all Rhenus employees during the spring to take part in the Rhevo innovation project. 260 workers from 28 different countries did not need to be told twice and developed ingenious ideas and solutions in order to enable the Rhenus world to move forward with the help of digital technologies. The best projects presented to a jury in July are now set to be implemented. The project was also introduced at the first digital summit organised by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology.
2. Internationalisation continues
Rhenus is opening new business sites in many Asian countries this year, including the Philippines, South Korea, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore. The logistics specialist also acquired the Australian freight forwarding company O’Brien Logistics in June. The goal is to achieve long-term growth. The same applies to Europe and South America, where the logistics specialist is also aiming to strengthen its presence. An air and a sea freight gateway were opened in Germany this year for this purpose.
3. Opening celebration in Bolesławiec
Operations have started at the newly constructed logistics centre in the southern Polish town of Bolesławiec; the facility has space measuring 60,000 square metres. Located about 60 kilometres from the German and Czech borders, the new logistics warehouse offers ideal transport links to European markets.
4. More short-sea shipping
Full steam ahead: the Rhenus Group took a 40 percent holding in the ARKON Shipping Group in March. The two companies set up the investment company known as Rhenus-Arkon-Shipinvest. ARKON Shipping manages a fleet of more than 120 maritime vessels and specialises in European coastal and container feeder services as well as global heavy lift and project shipping.
5. Professional document management
Rhenus Office Systems has expanded its archiving services. The document logistics specialist acquired Z.A.S. Zentral Archiv Service, one of the ten largest archiving companies in Germany with a special focus on the pharmaceutical sector, at the turn of the year. Rhenus set up the company known as Dockx Rhenus Archisafe with its high-security archives in Antwerp in conjunction with the Belgian logistics specialist Dockx Group in April.
6. New berth for Cuxport
A new multi-purpose berth with a quay wall that is 290 metres long, 8.5 hectares of space for warehousing and handling, heavy-duty platforms and a bay for a quarter ramp is being constructed in Cuxhaven and is due to be finished by mid-2018. Once it is complete, berth 4 will open up long-awaited, additional docking facilities for RoRo, multi-purpose and offshore vessels and enable Cuxport to expand its business.