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Kuehne + Nagel creates logistics hub in Singapore

Steve Rogerson
January 6, 2016
Kuehne + Nagel has opened a logistics hub in Singapore that includes a centre of excellence for developing logistics technologies with its customers.
The 50,000 square metre built-to-suit facility is in the west of Singapore. The facility is part of the Swiss-based logistics provider’s regional expansion plan to support its fast growing supply chain clientele operating within Singapore and the ASEAN countries.
“Singapore is located at the heart of major shipping lanes in Asia,” said Klaus-Michael Kuehne, honorary chairman of Kuehne + Nagel. “We identified its pivotal role to regional trade 46 years ago and it remains today an important part of our growth strategy in Asia Pacific. The Singapore logistics hub is Kuehne + Nagel’s largest investment outside Europe and represents our long-term commitment to the market. The new facility provides the necessary end-to-end, value-added supply chain capabilities to support our customers through Asia’s complex trade and logistics landscape.”
Located near pharma and healthcare hubs, major manufacturers and ports, the hub provides 46,000 square metres of warehousing space. Aside from the standard freight and warehousing service offerings, the facility will serve as a regional centre of excellence for high-tech, industrial, pharmaceutical and healthcare customers, offering supply chain optimisation and value-chain transformation.
More than 40 per cent of the logistics hub has been furnished with advanced chilled storage, redressing and postponement facilities to support the growing base of pharmaceutical and healthcare companies operating in Asia.
In line with its global strategy to drive logistics efficiency through supply chain innovation, the hub will include Kuehne + Nagel’s first centre of excellence for logistics innovation in the region.
“The centre of excellence for logistics innovation is an integral element of Kuehne + Nagel’s strategy to foster continual and operations-related logistics innovation through stronger collaboration with customers, partners and employees,” said Detlef Trefzger, chief executive officer of Kuehne + Nagel. “Global companies are realising that efficient supply chain management can be the differentiator in today’s dynamic business landscape. The centre of excellence will allow us to work alongside our customers and partners in developing technologies and business strategies that are pragmatic and enhance supply chain efficiencies.”
In a real-life environment, a collaborative platform between customers, industry partners, independent and Kuehne + Nagel experts will implement and test applied operations innovations. In this context, supply chain efficiencies and working capital improvements are the focus of the collaborative optimisation activities.
Kuehne + Nagel has invested in building up a robust human resource set-up leveraging on local and regional talents. The new facility will include a logistics learning hub focussing on driving talent development, training and succession planning to support business growth.
Over many years, Kuehne + Nagel has enjoyed a close and successful cooperation with the Singapore Economic Development Board (SEDB), especially in the fields of employee education and innovation.
“Asia presents many opportunities for companies to create new businesses and further differentiate existing ones,” said SEDB chairman Beh Swan Gin. “Innovation is therefore critical for the continued transformation of Singapore’s logistics industry and the strengthening of Singapore’s position as a world-leading logistics hub. We are pleased and honoured to have a long-standing partner, Kuehne + Nagel, travel with us on this exciting journey.”