The duisport Group keeps increasing
Duisburg, 09.04.2013 | Total output in 2012 financial year increases to 160 million euros / Important relocation successes
In the 2012 financial year the duisport Group achieved total sales of 160 million euros. Thus output including sales rose by 8.1 per cent on the previous year. It was possible to exceed the high level of earnings before interest, taxes and depreciation (EBITDA) from 2011 (27.8 million euros) once again with 29 million euros. The earnings before taxes on income improved by 13 per cent compared to the previous year (10.7 million euros) reaching 12.1 million euros. “All business divisions contributed to the result. Being able to offer the classic port business combined with multi-facetted logistics services has made this stable development possible,” said Erich Staake, Chief Executive Officer of Duisburger Hafen AG at this year’s annual results press conference.
Without the pro rata sales from strategic investments, the consolidated sales (including changes in inventories) of the duisport Group reached 149.8 million euros – a plus of around 8 per cent ompared to 2011 (138.4 million euros). While the division infra- and suprastructure at 40.2 million euros (2011: 38.2 million euros) and packing logistics at 51.8 million euros (2011: 49.4 million euros) increased their sales, the division transshipment and logistics services at 43.5 million euros had sales slightly below the previous year’s level (2011: 43.9 million euros).
Increase in output despite decline in handling
Total goods handling in the ports of the duisport Group in 2012 just missed the result from the record year 2011. The goods volumes handled during the year of 63.3 million t were 1.3 per cent elow the previous year’s level (2011: 64.1 million t). In 2012 a total of 32 million tonnes of goods was handled in the ports of the duisport Group by rail and ship – after 32.9 million tonnes in 2011. Each mode of transport had a share of 16 million tonnes. While ship handling remained 7 per cent below the previous year’s level, handling by rail rose by 1 per cent.
In addition, the result in combined transport (CT) increased once again. Container handling by ship, railroad and truck, the most important goods segment, grew by a further four per cent to 2.6 million TEU (2011: 2.5 million TEU), thus reaching a new high once again. “The acquisition of new customers in contract logistics and the associated container volumes were the main drivers of growth. Furthermore, through the targeted development and new construction of terminal capacities, we have created the conditions for further growth,” explained Erich Staake. Thus, for example, the DIT Terminal and the adjoining space for CT traffic on logport I have been expanded by almost 50,000 m² to make space for future container growth and to optimize traffic flows. In 2013 the new CT terminal logport III, which the duisport Group is building in Duisburg-Hohenbudberg, is starting operations.
Due not least to the positive figures in container handling, duisport Group has been able largely to compensate for the declines in coal and steel handling caused by the economic conditions. Total turnover for all Duisburg ports in the last financial year fell by twelve per cent to 110 million t (2011: 126 million t). The decline is attributable to lower steel, ore and coal quantities in the company ports.
Successful relocations and expansions
With regard to marketing space in the Port of Duisburg, it was possible to achieve important successes in the 2012 financial year.
Thus the automobile manufacturer Audi will have 800,000 m³ of automobile components exported via the Port of Duisburg in the near future. For this purpose the duisport Group is investing more than 25 million euros in a new logistics center on the logport II site located directly on the Rhine. The 106,500 m² plot of land, directly next to the trimodal container terminal “Gateway West”, has been configured especially for Audi. It will be built in two construction phases by the duisport Group with a total of around 53,000 m² storage area for the automobile logistics provider Schnellecke Logistics, which has been commissioned by Audi.
From mid-2013 car parts for the models A4, A6, Q3, Q5 and Q7 will be packed and stuffed into containers, han- dled and exported to the growth markets China, India and Mexico via the new CKD hub (Completely Knocked Down) for Audi AG. Alongside the construction of the logistics center, the duisport Group is also organizing conventional goods delivery by railroad, the adjoining terminal operations and container transport to the sea ports. Transport by ship will save around 13,000 truck movements a year between Duisburg and the North Sea ports. “I am very pleased about Audi’s trust in the logistics expertise in the automotive division. It also confirms us in our integrated full service approach. We make suitable space and real estate vailable to industrial and logistics partners and supplement this range with individual transport and services from our network”, said Erich Staake.
The advantages of the Port of Duisburg as a logistics turntable and value added platform were also decisive for new and extension buildings in the 2012 financial year.
Thus duisport built a new 22,000 m² logistics center on logport I site for the worldwide operating Kühne + Nagel Group in just seven months. After what is already the fifth extension at the location since 2003, Duisburg is now the company’s largest handling location in the world with almost 200,000 m² of logistics space. On behalf of a large customer from the consumer goods industry, Kühne + Nagel will carry out the picking, storage and distribution of cleaning agents and care products for the markets in Germany, the Netherlands and Austria from the new facility.
The Port of Duisburg is also one of the most important company locations for the worldwide active NYK / Yusen Logistics. The company, which has been located on the logport I site since 1999, is extending its space by a new 26,000 m² logistics complex to a total of around 70,000 m². The new logistics center, which also includes a 6,000 m² integrated dangerous goods warehouse, will start operations at the beginning of 2014.
Greiwing logistics for you GmbH, a long standing customer on logport I, is also planning a capacity extension at the location. The company, which specializes in silo logistics and supplies well-known plastics manufacturers, food and chemicals groups, has extended its operating area by 37,500 m² and is building an additional logistics complex with extra silo facilities. The logistics service provider covers part of the value added chain of Evonik and Lanxess from the Duisburg location. “The networking with the most important chemicals locations of Bayer, Evonik and Rüttgers in the Rhine-Ruhr region makes duisport a reliable partner for the chemicals industry and specialized logistics companies,” emphasized Erich Staake.
With these and other smaller relocations, in the last financial year duisport was able to market 250,000 m² of logistics space in the port. “To supplement the space still available in the port we are developing additional commercial and logistics space in the surrounding region with strategic partners. This is a central focal point of our strategic orientation,” says Erich Staake. He added it was planned to develop up to 200 ha for logistics and industrial relocations in and around Duisburg in the coming five years. In doing so special attention was being paid to combined transport and job-intensive uses.
International range of services developed further
The development of international activities to expand the range of services was also pursued consistently in the last financial year. “We have to commit ourselves where industrial production is increasingly being carried out and qualitative logistics and consultancy services are needed,” explained Staake.
Primarily the area of packing logistics was pushing the company to tap international markets for its customers. After the location in China, duisport packing logistics (dpl) has established duisport packing logistics India Pvt. Ltd. – dpl India – a company that started operations on January 1, 2013 and has already carried out initial orders for customers. As the parent company, Duisburger Hafen AG has started a strategic cooperation with an Indian logistics service provider. This company is a specialist in heavy cargo and project logistics and is represented at more than 30 locations in the economic metropolises of the subcontinent.
At the Pune location near Mumbai, dpl India is in the middle of the so-called “German triangle” located around the West Indian economic metropolis. Many German industrial companies are represented there with their own plants and offices.
In China duisport industrial packing Service (Shanghai) Co. Ltd – dpl China – offers its German and international customers packing and logistics services for export and the Chinese domestic market at the two locations Wuxi and Shanghai.
The business prospects for China and India are promising. Experts estimate that the number of components, originating primarily from the mechanical and engineering sector, which cannot be transported in containers due to their dimensions and consequently have to be transported individually packed, add up to 500 million tonnes worldwide a year.
This positioning has been supplemented by a strategic investment in the French packing logistics service provider E.I.L.S from Strasbourg, which has a total of two locations in Alsace. E.I.L.S. serves customers from France, Switzerland and South West Germany.
With a further strategic investment in the Weinzierl Group of Companies from Sinzing near Regensburg, Bavaria, the dpl Group has also expanded its range of services in Bavaria. Furthermore, it will also offer specialized packing, transport services and crate production in the future.
In 2012 the decisive preparations were also completed that allowed dpl, as the first large logistics service provider in North Rhine-Westfalia, to receive official certification as a “Regulated Agent”. Now it is also possible for the duisport subsidiary to pack industrial goods in accordance with the strict statutory regulations for export by air freight.
“Despite the current weakening we are convinced of the growth perspectives in the port and logistics sector. As a consequence we will invest more than € 100 million in the 2013-2015 period,” said Erich Staake.