April 14, 2015. Dachser reports an increase in revenue of 5.2% in 2014. Including revenue from corporate holdings, the two Business Fields Road Logistics and Air & Sea Logistics grew by 5.0% and 8.0% respectively.
"A lively spring was followed by an extraordinarily strong fall," says Bernhard Simon, CEO of Dachser, in summarizing the year's events. "The trend toward outsourcing internationally complex logistics tasks in particular has made a contribution to the organic growth."
Simon considers integrated supply chain solutions for multinational customers to be one of the major sources of growth in upcoming years: "Our efficient European groupage network, customized contract logistics solutions in Europe, Asia, and the U.S., as well as our own air and sea freight network allow us to create complete supply chains."
According to Simon, growth through expansion of networks is finished except for enhancements here and there. Dachser will now be able to leverage its interlinked logistics services to achieve particularly sustainable growth.
In the Dachser European Logistics (EL) Business Line within Road Logistics, in addition to the traditionally strong performance of the 'EL Germany' Business Unit, the consistent export strategy of the European subsidiaries has paid off. For example, the 'EL North Central Europe,' 'EL France & Maghreb,' and 'EL Iberia' Business Units made significant contributions to the 5.3% growth in revenue. Shipping figures increased by 5.5%; tonnage rose by 6.3%.
The second Business Line of Road Logistics and Dachser Food Logistics (3.7% growth in revenue), profited from such factors as strong use of capacity in consumer goods contract logistics. In addition, rising demand for cross-border food shipments in the European Food Network had a positive effect.
Finally, the Air & Sea Logistics Business Field also continued its global growth trend in 2014. The positive trend in sea freight was the decisive factor in the successful fiscal year.
Dachser started off 2015 by changing its legal form to an SE (Societas Europaea). "By taking this action, we have created maximum legal security for our future growth as an international company and at the same time secured our independence as a 100% family-owned company," explains Simon.
The new management structure, which was created in the process, has eight operational Business Units under the globally active Executive Board. "This reinforces our decentralized business strategy, which gives us the ability to make decisions flexibly and quickly. In this way we can ensure proximity to our customers, and write the next chapter in our success story."