Ger­many’s DHL an­nounces it will in­vest ad­di­tional NT$337 mil. in Tai­wan

The China Post - - TAIWAN BUSINESS - BY ENRU LIN

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.

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Global ‘Strat­egy 2020’

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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.

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(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.

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