161110_icono_product_teaser Shape Shape 161110_icono_product_teaser icon-arrow-left icon-arrow-right icon-first icon-last 161110_icono_product_teaser 161110_icono_product_teaser location-pin 161110_icono_product_teaser 161110_icono_product_teaser contact-desktop-white careers-desktop-white Flag of HaitiFlag of Swaziland

DB Schenker Logistics marks 50th year of business in Australia


50th Year of Business

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.”

The timeline of 1962 - 2012 and beyond

A snapshot of the past 5 decades of DB Schenker in Australia.


A note from Ron Koehler, CEO Australia & New Zealand

"We are very proud of many enduring relationships that have helped DB Schenker navigate the path to achieving this important 50 year milestone in Australia."

Half a century ago we offered basic freight forwarding services. Today, we provide sophisticated supply chain solutions across many industry sectors: electronics, industrial, automotive, healthcare, consumer, arts and retail transportation. And proudly on our résumé are landmark projects like the Sydney Olympics and the Commonwealth Games, as well as billion dollar resource and infrastructure projects in Western Australia.

Reaching this milestone has been made possible through the commitment and support of a great many people: our loyal customers, dedicated employees, business partners, suppliers and stakeholders. We are very proud of many enduring relationships that have helped DB Schenker navigate the path to the achieving this important 50 year milestone in Australia.

DB Schenker's  past 50 years in Australia is a story of the enduring inspiration of our people, past and present. Their dedication, even during challenging times, is the reason for our success today.

Yet, we are not dwelling on the past - DB Schenker is looking forward to an exciting future. Our past gives us faith that we can embrace new challenges, open new doors and do new things. If our story describes what we have achieved in 50 years, then what are the future possibilties?

I invite you to celebrate with us the journey so far, and join us on the journey to come.

Ron Koehler

CEO Australia & New Zealand
Schenker Australia Pty Ltd