The new 10,000 meterstwo the airport hub is ready to support Africa’s growing life sciences and healthcare (LSH) industry with safe, reliable and efficient transportation and consolidation solutions; Both the warehouse and the head office meet the highest sustainability standards and will be powered almost entirely by green electricity from photovoltaic panels.
DHL Global Forwarding, the leading international provider of air, ocean and road freight services, has opened a new transshipment hub and head office in Johannesburg, South Africa. The sustainable complex, mainly powered by solar energy, was officially opened on Thursday, September 22, 2022. Located in the Sky Park Industrial Estate, it offers easy access to the “OR Tambo International Airport”. The facility’s temperature-controlled chambers and staff trained in Good Distribution Practices (GDP) allow the new center to meet the unique needs of Africa’s rapidly advancing life sciences and healthcare (LSH) sector. The opening of the facility marks an important addition to DHL Global Forwarding’s extensive logistics network, further strengthening its position on the African continent and in South Africa, while enabling the group to handle its customers’ requirements more efficiently.
Amadou Diallo, CEO of DHL Global Forwarding Middle East & Africa, said: “We are proud that this new facility has been built to the highest standards of sustainability and energy efficiency in line with DHL Global Forwarding’s goal of achieving net zero emissions. related to logistics. by 2050. Already, our climate protection initiatives and COtwo Emissions reduction programs have had a positive impact on logistics supply chains globally and building sustainable infrastructure like this solar power facility brings us closer to our goal.”
The new EUR 7 million (R127 million) facility includes offices and 10,000 mtwo Deposit. It will serve as a hub for transportation, logistics and warehousing solutions, as well as international transportation expertise for different industries. This includes a strong focus on Africa’s life sciences and healthcare (LSH) sector, which with an expected annual growth rate of 6.3% and projected revenue of €7.1bn by 2023, is a of the country’s booming industries. To serve the needs of the MSM sector, the site has been designed to meet DHL Global GxP Pharma standards and the highest security standards of the Transported Assets Protection Association (TAPA A).
At the facility’s groundbreaking ceremony, Clement Blanc, DHL Global Forwarding’s CEO for South Africa (SA) and Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), said: “A new facility in Johannesburg is a natural next step in our efforts to support growth. economy and accelerate the pace of supply chain transformation taking place in South Africa. This facility extends global connections to Africa, ensuring sectors like LSH can operate smoothly, access an efficient and reliable logistics network, and continue to grow.
Blanc continued: “The strategic location of our new facilities at ‘OR Tambo’ will allow us to improve our service offerings to customers. We are excited to be able to transport time- and temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals and healthcare products, among other services. I am confident in our ability to help our clients develop and expand their businesses and continue to help the socio-economic growth of South Africa and the greater sub-Saharan Africa region.”
The new facility will also create skilled jobs in Johannesburg. DHL Global Forwarding has expanded its total workforce in South Africa by 11% since 2021. The company also has a strong commitment to supporting and driving the participation of SMEs in the economy and ensuring they have a place in global supply chains.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Deutsche Post DHL.
Notes to editors:
At the same time as the warehouse opened, DHL saw the inaugural class of 17 students graduate from its Sustainability Leadership Mindset Development (SALAM) programme. The program was launched as part of DHL’s social impact initiatives that support the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). To date, the SALAM program has successfully implemented community outreach projects in Egypt, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe.
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