Germany’s DHL announces it will invest additional NT$337 mil. in Taiwan
Deutsche Post DHL Group, a global mail and logistics company headquartered in Geramny, yesterday announced a 10-20 million euro ( NT$337 million to NT$674 million) investment in Taiwan as part of its “Strategy 2020.”
In Taipei yesterday, Deutsche Post DHL Group CEO Frank Appel outlined the group’s investment program in the coming five years and said he is upbeat on growth prospects in Taiwan.
“We will continue to invest in Taiwan — we expect in the next years a 10 to 20 million euro investment in service stations, in new warehouses, in vehicles,” Appel said.
“Definitely we will continue to invest as long as business continues to grow as fast as it has in the last years.”
One of the group’s business divisions, DHL Express, opened for business in 1973 as the first in Taiwan to offer international express services. It currently serves more than 30,000 customers with a fleet of two dedicated aircraft and more than 310 vehicles.
“Our ground network has expanded quite a bit. This year, you’ll be able to see some facilities,” said Chee Yaw Chek ( ), managing director of DHL Express Taiwan.
DHL Global Forwarding, another operating division, is the first global logistics provider in Taiwan to be certified as an authorized economic operator by the Finance Ministry. DHL Supply Chain, which entered the Taiwan in 1976, is currently No. 1 in the market.
Addressing challenges in the Taiwan logistics industry, Appel said key issues are attracting talent, driving technology innovation and, most importantly, “maintaining a commitment to foster free trade and global connectedness.”
But overall, Deutsche Post DHL Group is optimistic about its Taiwan operation.
“We are very happy with our business in Taiwan. We are 300 million euro in revenue combined and more than 10,000 employees. That’s a sizeable ready,” Appel said.
Global ‘Strategy 2020’
This year at all of its locations, Deutsche Post DHL Group will begin a five-year development plan - “Strategy 2020” - that places a priority on growth drivers like e-commerce and emerging markets.
According to the latest financial reports, the group’s revenue rose by 3.1 percent to 56.6 billion euros (NT$1.9 trillion) year-on-year in 2014.
“At present, emerging market revenues contribute just over 20 percent of the group’s revenues. By 2020, we expect this figure to climb to 30 percent,” Appel said.
The group is also on track to reach its environmental targets by 2020, he said.
In 2008, Deutsche Post DHL Group said it would improve carbon efficiency by 30 percent by 2020, based on 2007 figures.
(Left) From left to right: Kenny Mok, managing director of DHL Global Forwarding Taiwan; Chee Yaw Chek, managing director of DHL Express Taiwan; Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL Group; and Michael Lai, country manager of the DHL Supply Chain Taiwan pose at a media event in Taipei, yesterday. (Right) Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL Group, is shown in Taipei, yesterday. Deutsche Post DHL Group is a leading postal and logistics services group based in Bonn, Germany.