The Supply Chain and Global Forwarding divisions of DHL are investing a total of EUR 30.5 million (USD 38.06 million) in South Africa to develop state-of-the-art infrastructure, IT systems and offer world-class services to businesses operating in Africa. The funds are being used to open two new facilities located in Plumbago, close to the OR Tambo International Airport east of Johannesburg, to expand the company\'s logistics services and use its South African assets as a springboard into the rest of Africa. DHL Global Forwarding and Freight CEO Roger Crook said that \"Today, emerging market revenues contribute just over 20% of the group\'s revenues; by 2020, the group expects this figure to climb to 30.
For DHL Global Forwarding, the new EUR16 million facilities located at the Plumbago Business Park boasts 12,000 square meters of warehouse space for cargo handling and 5,500 square meters of office space. As a TAPA \"certified warehouse, the facility offers customers value-added-services (VAS) such as bonded storage and re-packing, and further grows its air freight and ocean freight export handling capabilities. \"We have seen particular growth in our robust intermodal road network, spanning 12 African countries - road freight volumes have more than doubled in the past year, spurred by increasing demand and economic growth on the continent. said DHL Global Forwarding country manager Twine Mtya.
The company also expects to reduce its CO2 emissions by 700,000 kilogrammes per annum by consolidating its Johannesburg operations into one facility. Emission reduction will be achieved through the use of solar power energy and more efficient material handling at the warehouses. DHL Supply Chain\'s EUR14.5 million 25,000-square meter multi-user warehouse facility has been purpose-built for the technology and consumer industries. Its design includes high density storage up to 16 meters in height for fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), optimised operational flows, a super flat floor necessary for such high-level storage and retrieval and the latest technology on reach trucks. Report 06/NOV/2014