DB Schenker Logistics marks 50th year of business in Australia
Schenker & Co Australia was established with one employee in Sydney in 1962. “Schenker Australia now employs up to 1200 people at 18 locations and is a major link in DB Schenker’s global chain,” said Dr. Thomas C. Lieb, CEO of Schenker AG.
(Sydney, 23 November 2012) One of the world’s leading logistics and transportation companies is marking 50 years in Australia this week - but its Down Under connection runs much deeper.
Former Schenker was a growing European shipping company when it won a contract to be a supplier to the Melbourne Centenary Fair in the then colony of Victoria, in 1888. The Centenary Fair was staged in the Royal Exhibition Hall, which went on to be the venue for the first sitting of the Commonwealth Parliament of Australia in 1901. Heavy goods were freighted to the colony by ship in a journey taking weeks.
Schenker & Co Australia was established with one employee in Sydney in 1962. By 1966 it had six staff but was its future was uncertain as it was losing money. The local company only found itself in the black two years later and has since gone on to become a powerhouse.
“Schenker Australia now employs up to 1200 people at 16 locations and is a major link in DB Schenker’s global chain,” said Dr. Thomas C. Lieb, Chairman of the Management Board and CEO of Schenker AG.
Lieb marked the anniversary with a visit to the Australian business this week. Highlights included a field visit to the Gorgon LNG Project at Barrow Island, WA, the opening of a new Distribution Centre at Erskine Park with NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell in Western Sydney and a celebratory dinner at the Sydney Opera House.
Schenker Australia Pty Limited has multi- and single user warehouse facilities countrywide. Main customers include the international automotive industry and its suppliers, aviation, entertainment electronics, the retail and consumer goods industry as well as pharmaceutical and chemical industries.
Schenker Australia offers the full range of freight forwarding, contract logistics services and supply chain management, national distribution as well as customs clearance. Schenker Australia was an official service provider for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
“In Australia, we are at the edge of a local boom in resources that has driven exponential growth in our Perth business,” Lieb said. “We are also playing a significant role in bringing Australian businesses closer to their customers and suppliers in Asia. Our success shows that high performance and dedication to customer needs makes it possible to grow, even in a global environment that is often difficult.”