Tianjin, one of the municipalities under direct administration of the Chinese central government, is located in Northern China. To the east, it borders on the Bohai Gulf. Beijing is only one hour away by high-speed train. Tianjin’s geographical advantages and the comprehensive logistics infrastructure including ocean port, international airport, railway, highway and road networks as well as logistics parks, made Tianjin an obvious choice for Panalpina to set up a logistics center that serves as a hub for Northern China. In the next three years, Panalpina plans to set up many more new logistics centers in strategic locations in Greater China. “We are establishing a truly integrated supply chain network in China that combines international air and ocean freight with comprehensive Value-Added Logistics Services and Supply Chain Services,” explained Mike Wilson, Global Head of Logistics at Panalpina. “This is in line with our global strategy to extend our VAS capabilities throughout the world.”
In a first phase, the Tianjin logistics center offers 10,000 square meters. The facility uses efficient and environmentally-friendly technologies, has a CCTV monitoring system and 24/7 on-site security personnel to ensure the highest security standards. “In the next phases, we plan to develop Tianjin logistics center into a hub first for the whole Bohai Bay district and then for Northern China,” said Stefan Gustafsson, District Manager Yangtze and Bohai Bay, Panalpina Greater China. “The hub will serve multiple customers and provide VAS, together with cross-docking for air and ocean freight shipments,” he added.
The new Tianjin logistics center also reflects the on-going strategic partnership between Panalpina and Bosch Automotive Diesel Systems Co., Ltd. Today, 5,000 square meters are exclusively for the Bosch Automotive Diesel Systems Co., Ltd operation. “Bosch and Panalpina can look back at a long partnership that started more than forty years ago. Over the decades, Bosch grew together with Panalpina and we achieved excellent results through continuous improvement programs on both sides,” said Dr Hans-Henning Toepper, Vice President of Bosch Automotive Diesel Systems Co., Ltd. Panalpina is involved in all major Bosch markets and has a relationship with all global Bosch manufacturing, distribution and sales facilities.
Ribbon-cutting at the opening of the new Tianjin Logistics Center (from left to right): Mr. Xu Wen, Project Manager of Bosch Automotive Diesel Systems Co., Ltd; Mr. Stefan Gustafsson, District Manager Yangtze River and Bohai bay of Panalpina World Transport (PRC) Ltd; Mr. Jiang Ming, Vice Head of HeXi District Government; Dr Hans-Henning Toepper, Vice President of Bosch Automotive Diesel Systems Co., Ltd; Mr. Wei Guang, General Manager of Global Logistics Properties Tianjin; Ms. Abby Zhu, Business Unit Manager of Panalpina World Transport (PRC) Ltd Tianjin Branch.