Global logistics: Penske Logistics opens up new office in Germany
January 26, 2012 - LM Editorial
Penske Logistics, a subsidiary of global transportation services provider Penske Corporation, recently announced it has expanded its European presence with a new office in Düsseldorf, Germany.
According to company officials, Penske Logistics Europe provides transportation management, distribution center management and lead logistics services to leading companies in the automotive, healthcare, manufacturing, and chemical sectors. They also noted that the European headquarters of Penske Logistics remains in Roosendaal, The Netherlands.
Penske Logistics Europe Managing Director Brian Ruprich told LM that Penske Logistics already had existing on-site operations in Cologne and Eisenach, Germany and has been planning on extending its presence within the country for about two years.
“It was a logical next step for the company,” he explained. “Germany is an important market for Penske and the new office will have a dedicated sales staff that will primarily support Penske Logistics’ growth in Central Europe and Germany. Simultaneously, Penske Logistics will centralize our German operations management and European product management in the new branch.”
While Ruprich declined to disclose a specific number for how many customers Penske Logistics will serve out of this office, he said that Penske Logistics serves German customers in industries such as automotive, healthcare, diversified manufacturing and chemicals, with a few examples of customers including Daimler, Ford and Truck-Lite, as well as transportation management flows for DSM (chemicals) and several other large health-care and pharmaceutical customers.
The Dusseldorf office will allow Penske Logistics to better coordinate commercial activities, execute regional engineering operations, and offer better service and support to existing customers based in Germany, according to Ruprich.
In terms of the competitive advantages this office provides for Penske Logistics, Ruprich said that “Düsseldorf is in Nordrhein Westfalen, in the center of Germany where a majority of the logistics industry is located. Being in the heart of our target market, and developing a dedicated German team, will allow Penske Logistics to better connect with what drives German decision makers when selecting a global logistics partner.”
Ruprich said that Penske Logistics has offices in Cologne, Eisenach and now Düsseldorf in Germany, as well as its European headquarters in Roosendaal, The Netherlands. It also has automotive operations supporting Ford in the UK, he said.
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