DHL is revamping its logistics offering for the semiconductor industry by bundling individual solutions under DHL Semiconductor Logistics, covering the entire value chain from inbound to manufacturing facilities through to final distribution to end users. Additionally the new service offering provides end-to-end visibility of products, full compliance with international regulations and maximum security of sensitive and high value goods, according to DHL.
“With more than 3,000 dedicated employees and 50 facilities worldwide, we have built extensive infrastructure and expertise for the semiconductor industry,” said Rob Siegers, president, DHL Technology Sector. “With our new offer, we connect DHL’s broad capabilities, enabling us to individually service our customers along their complete supply chain in a cost-efficient way. This becomes crucial for an industry that requires special logistics to be a competitive differentiator,” he said.
The semiconductor industry is undergoing significant changes due to the increased demand created through trending digitisation and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. After a moderate growth in 2016, the market is expected to grow by 16.8 per cent in revenue surpassing a market value of US$400 billion for the first time, mainly driven by supply shortages in the memory segment, according to Gartner. In combination with increased merger and acquisition activities, growth coming from automotive and industrial applications as well as wearable consumer devices, changes in manufacturing and supply networks are common. DHL’s new suite of semiconductor logistics services addresses this development and is designed to improve flexibility and agility of semiconductor supply chains.
As part of DHL Semiconductor Logistics, DHL is launching a Global Capital Support Center with dedicated teams in Europe, Asia Pacific and the US. These teams are experienced in the unique handling and transportation requirements for the movement of capital equipment. Key features include 24/7 proactive monitoring supported by a specifically designed IT solution leveraging the latest IoT developments.
Intel’s Christine Boles, general manager of the Internet of Things, Industrial & Energy, Smart Building Division, stated: “The support and insight provided by DHL as we developed the Intel Connected Logistics Platform has been very valuable. Our Logistics operations have in turn been providing input into the development of DHL’s Global Capital Support Center. We look forward to reaping the rewards of a more advanced transportation visibility solution and a support center designed specifically for capital shipments.”
“In light of the challenges the industry is facing when it comes to supply chain management, the new center allows us to provide our customers with a truly holistic view of their supply chain and effectively manage their logistic needs,” explains Doug Whaley, Semiconductor Business Development, DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation. “Together with the data on our customers’ logistics movements, we can identify potential issues early and consistently optimise logistics costs.”