Panalpina invests in facility in Singapore
May 22, 2017: Panalpina is investing in warehousing to expand its logistics business in Asia-Pacific. “As we celebrate 40 years of doing business in Singapore, this is Panalpina’s largest ever warehousing investment outside Europe in the company’s history,” says Matthew Gallagher, country head of sales, Singapore. The building features a unique yard and container storage on the rooftop, state-of-the-art automation and air conditioning on all floors.
The investment will help Panalpina to expand its Logistics business in Asia-Pacific by offering customers an ultra-efficient and tailored solution for their specific logistics needs. Construction is currently under way, and the facility will be ready for customers in early 2018. The new 30,000 square meter facility is being built at Pioneer View, next to Jurong Bird Park in West Singapore, where the city-state is developing a new deep-water port to keep up with ocean freight growth.
“Singapore is a very important consolidation hub for the ocean and air freight. We plan to offer our services in this area including value-added logistics services to new customers particularly in the healthcare, technology, manufacturing, consumer and retail as well as fashion industries. And, of course, we will continue to service existing customers including global telecom equipment manufacturers, sporting goods retailers and medical equipment companies,” says Matthew.
Mark Fitzpatrick, country head of Logistics in Singapore, said, “Not being tied to a lease agreement opens up many opportunities that are not always available in leased premises. This freedom allows us to offer the best possible solutions for our customers.”
Each of the building’s six floors and the rooftop will be serviced by dedicated loading bays and cargo lifts. Upon completion, the facility will also be air-conditioning ready, meaning the ducts will already have been built into the structure of the building, allowing for multiple temperature settings on all floors.
“We will run this facility as a multi-user site with a variety of customers, each with different needs, on each floor. Having air conditioning ready when needed, will save cost and time when we take a new customer on board,” explains Mark.
Sustainability is another key feature of the new facility, which has been designed to meet the highest standards as measured by LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and Greenmark Platinum.
“The collective features of the building, including the special rooftop, are unusual to have, and since 96 out of our top 100 customers globally have a base in Singapore, it makes perfect sense to extend our capabilities here,” adds Matthew.
Together with Panalpina’s other facilities at Changi Airport, the Asia-Pacific LCL hub, as well as the multi-user facilities in Changi North and Jurong, the company’s warehousing footprint in Singapore will soon increase to 100,000 square meters.