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Panalpina will integrate long-time partner in Australia

Feb 1, 2011

Panalpina, the global transport and logistics Group, will fully integrate its partner Apollo in Perth, Southwest Australia. The set-up ideally complements Panalpina’s already existing office which focuses on industrial projects and the oil and gas business.

After the acquisition of Apollo Forwarding in Adelaide last year, Panalpina will now incorporate another long-time partner company, Apollo in Perth. Although having traded under the same name, the two companies have never been related to each other.

Panalpina Australia and Apollo Perth commenced their partnership in 1997, with Apollo Perth having acted as Panalpina’s agent both locally and globally. Jörg Granzow, Panalpina’s Area Managing Director Oceania, explains why Panalpina decided to deepen the partnership by acquiring Apollo: “Our existing office in Perth focuses on industrial project forwarding and services for the oil and gas industry. By adding Apollo to our organization, we can now offer the entire forwarding and logistics product portfolio under one roof and as one Panalpina unit. This refers particularly to local services such as customs clearance and distribution. Apollo Perth, whose management will stay on board, will benefit from Panalpina’s global network, and our existing Oil & Gas and PanProjects customers have one point of contact for all their needs, be it ocean freight, air freight, local services or tailor made industry solutions. With the acquisition we move closer to the customers and at the same time improve our processes” he says. The impact on the Group’s revenues and customer portfolio will not be substantial.

Karl Weyeneth, Panalpina’s Chief Operating Officer and member of the Executive Board, elaborates that “the Western Australian market is becoming more and more important, particularly due to the increasing oil and gas and mining business. Obviously, we are determined to take full advantage of this growth”, he makes clear. “As one Panalpina unit we can also use synergies when it comes to further develop our industry specific transport and logistics solutions, both for local and international customers”, he adds.

About Panalpina

The Panalpina Group is one of the world's leading providers of supply chain solutions. The company combines its core products of Air Freight, Ocean Freight, and Logistics to deliver globally integrated, tailor-made end-to-end solutions. Drawing on in-depth industry know-how and customized IT systems, Panalpina manages the needs of its customers' supply chains, no matter how demanding they might be. Energy Solutions is a specialized service for the energy and capital projects sector. The Panalpina Group operates a global network with some 500 offices in more than 75 countries, and it works with partner companies in a further 90 countries. Panalpina employs 15,000 people worldwide who deliver a comprehensive service to the highest quality standards – wherever and whenever.