Dachser opens two new branch offices in Greater Paris
International logistics provider Dachser is repositioning itself in Greater Paris with two new locations in Wissous and Pantin. Paris Wissous, located near Paris-Orly International Airport, serves as a transshipment point for industrial goods. The new Pantin location, northeast of the French capital, is in charge of supply to downtown Paris.
“With our new Wissous and Pantin locations, we are integrating Greater Paris into our seamless network in an ideal way, and at the same time putting ourselves in the most strategic position for city logistics,” explains Michael Schilling, COO Road Logistics at Dachser. The company already has a presence in the region through branch offices in Cergy-Pontoise, Villeparisis, and Vemars at the edge of the city. In addition, there are three warehouses and a branch office of the Air & Sea Logistics Business Field at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport.
Gateway to European markets
A 7,000-square-meter, 70-dock transit terminal and 1,500 square meters of office space have been available in Paris Wissous since June. With approximately 100 employees, the terminal is located near several long-distance transit axes that head south or are near the Paris Ring highway. Approximately 170 tons of goods enter the DACHSER network every day from Wissous. In the medium term, the volume is expected to rise to 280 tons, with a strong focus on goods export. The new branch office is replacing the former Vitry-sur-Seine location, which had reached the limits of its capacity.
In Greater Paris equipped for the future
The new branch office in Pantin lies in direct proximity to the city’s “boulevard périphérique” freeway. The company now has a 5,800-square-meter, 39-dock transit terminal there with 542 square meters of office space. The Pantin site is taking over supply to all of downtown Paris, and replaces the former Paris-based Aulnay/Unic and Sentier locations. Pantin employs a staff of 45 workers.
Dachser operates in France with a total of 72 locations and has approximately 3,000 employees. In 2014, revenues from Dachser France totaled approximately EUR 793 million.
Dachser, a family-owned company headquartered in Kempten, Germany, is one of the leading logistics providers.
Dachser provides comprehensive transport logistics, warehousing, and customized services in two business fields: Dachser Air & Sea Logistics and Dachser Road Logistics. The latter is divided into two business lines, Dachser European Logistics and Dachser Food Logistics. Comprehensive contract logistics services and industry-specific solutions round out the company’s offerings. A seamless shipping network—both in Europe and overseas—and fully integrated IT systems provide for intelligent logistics solutions worldwide.
With a staff of around 25,000 employees at 437 locations all over the globe, Dachser generated revenue of EUR 5.3 billion in 2014. The logistics provider moved a total of 73.7 million shipments weighing 35.4 million tons. The firm is now represented in 42 countries with its own country organizations.
For more information about Dachser, please visit www.DACHSER.de
Elon Musk's Boring Co. planning wider tunnels for freight
Elon Musk’s drilling outfit The Boring Company could be shifting its focus towards subterranean freight and logistics solutions, according to reports.
A Boring Co. pitch deck seen and shared by Bloomberg depicts plans to construct wider tunnels designed to accommodate shipping containers.
Founded by Tesla CEO Musk in 2016, the company initially stated its mission was to offer safer, faster point-to-point transport for people, particularly in cities plagued by traffic congestion. It also planned longer tunnels to ferry passengers between popular destinations across the US.
The Boring Co. completed its first commercial project earlier this year in April. The 1.7m tunnel system is designed to move professionals between convention centres in Las Vegas using Tesla EVs. It says the Las Vegas Convention Centre Loop can cut travel time between venues from 45 minutes to just two.
Boring Co.'s new freight tunnels
The Boring Co.'s new tunnel designs would allow freight to be transported on purpose built platforms, labelled as “battery-powered freight carriers”. The document shows that, though the containers could technically fit within its current 12-foot tunnels, wider tunnels would be more efficient. Designs for a new tunnel, 21 feet in diameter, show that they can comfortably accommodate two containers side-by-side, with a one-foot gap between them.
The Boring Co.’s new drilling machine, dubbed Prufrock, can tunnel at a rate of one mile per week, which is six times faster than its previous machine, and is designed to ‘porpoise’ - mimicking the marine animal by ‘diving’ below ground and reemerging once the tunnel is complete.
Tesla’s supply chain woes
Tesla is facing its own supply chain and logistic issues. The EV manufacturer has raised the price of its vehicles, with CEO Musk confirming the incremental hike was a result of “major supply chain pressure”. Musk replied to a disgruntled Twitter user, confused as to why prices were rising while features were being removed from the cars, saying the “raw materials especially” were a big issue.
Car manufacturing continues to be one of the industries hit hardest by a global shortage in semiconductor chips. While China’s chip manufacturing levels hit an all-time high in May, and the US is proposing a 25% tax credit for chip manufacturers, demand still outstrips supply. Automakers including Volkswagen and Audi have again said they expect reduced vehicle output in the next quarter due to a lack of semiconductors, with more factory downtime likely.
Top Image credit: The Boring Company / @boringcompany