DHL Supply Chain gears up for growth in Asia Pacific
DHL Supply Chain has announced a push for growth in the Automotive, Engineering and Manufacturing sectors in Asia Pacific.
Following a shift in the top management for Asia Pacific, DHL announced the appointment of Jeroen van Oekel to the role of Vice President of Business Development in Asia Pacific for the Automotive, Engineering and Manufacturing sectors.
Reporting to David Christmas, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Asia Pacific, DHL Supply Chain, Mr. van Oekel will focus on expanding the organisation’s footprint in these sectors across key markets in Asia Pacific.
Mr. van Oekel was succeeds Suzie Mitchell who, after three years of delivering strong growth in this position, has been appointed to the role of Country Manager for DHL Supply Chain Philippines.
Paul Graham, CEO of DHL Supply Chain in Asia Pacific commented:
“We are delighted to welcome Jeroen, a sector specialist with vast experience in providing industry solutions for the Automotive, Engineering and Manufacturing sectors. DHL will benefit from his expertise as the region’s automotive industry continues to grow on the back of expanding domestic demand and increasing development of export bases.
“It has been reported that between China, India and ASEAN, there will be 2 billion people by 2020 that are of driving age and sufficient earning power. We are gearing up to meet this demand and hiring leaders such as Jeroen, who understand the pain points of customers in these sectors and can bring optimal value to them by providing theright best-in-class, tailor-made solutions,” he added.
DHL Express Invests in Electric Cargo Plane Fleet
DHL Express has ordered 12 fully electric cargo planes to supercharge efforts in reducing carbon emissions across its US delivery network.
The Alice eCargo planes are manufactured by Seattle startup Eviation, and are designed specifically to be configured for either cargo or passengers. The first planes are expected to be delivered to DHL Express in 2024.
“We have found the perfect partner with Eviation as they share our purpose, and together we will take off into a new era of sustainable aviation,” said John Pearson, CEO of DHL Express.
The purchase forms part of DHL’s €7bn investment in reducing CO2 emissions by 2030, with a zero emissions target set for 2050.
“We firmly believe in a future with zero-emission logistics,” Pearson added. “On our way to clean logistics operations, the electrification of every transport mode plays a crucial role and will significantly contribute to our overall sustainability goal of zero emissions.”
What is Eviation's Alice Aircraft?
- Manufacturer: Eviation
- Capacity: 1,200kg
- Range: 815km
- Charge time: 30 minutes
- Launching: 2024
Eviation’s Alice aircraft enable cargo and passenger airlines to operate zero-emission fleets. The plane can be flown by one pilot and is capable of carrying 1,200kg, with a maximum range of 815km.
The aircraft can be fully charged in 30 minutes, which can take place while the vehicle is loaded and unloaded between flights. Eviation says that, because the aircraft has fewer moving parts - or points of failure - than traditional aircraft, they are more reliable and reduce maintenance overheads and downtime.
“With Alice’s range and capacity, this is a fantastic sustainable solution for our global network,” said Travis Cobb, EVP Global Network Operations and Aviation for DHL Express. “Our aspiration is to make a substantial contribution in reducing our carbon footprint, and these advancements in fleet and technology will go a long way in achieving further carbon reductions.”
How Does Alice Compare with UPS’ eVTOLs?
DHL Express is not alone in electrifying the skies. In April, UPS announced a new fleet of eVTOL (Vertical Takeoff and Landing) aircraft, from Beta Technologies, which will enter service in 2024.
UPS’ vehicles can carry 635kg with a 400km range and cruising speeds of up to 170mph. The eVTOLs can carry cargo to several short-hops or one long route on a single charge, and are aimed at healthcare organisation, SMEs and businesses in small or remote communities.
“These new aircraft will create operational efficiencies in our business, open possibilities for new services, and serve as a foundation for future solutions to reduce the emissions profile of our air and ground operation,” said Juan Perez, UPS Chief Information and Engineering Officer.
The first 10 eVTOLs will be delivered in 2024, with the option for UPS to order up to 150 more.