Panalpina has opened a new 25,800 sqm, purpose-built logistics centre in Singapore where 96 of Panalpina’s top 100 global customers have a presence.
The new facility, built over six floors with container storage on the roof top and strategically located at Pioneer View in the west of Singapore, will see Panalpina offering air and ocean freight services including value-added logistics services to companies, particularly in the energy, healthcare, high tech, manufacturing, consumer and retail, as well as fashion industries.
Stressing the importance of Singapore to the Swiss logistics and forwarding giant, Panalpina CEO Stefan Karlen highlighted the fact that 96 of Panalpina’s top 100 global customers have a presence in Singapore.
“We will also service customers such as global telecom equipment manufacturers, sporting goods retailers and medical equipment companies. These are industry verticals that Panalpina specialises in and where we can add value to our customers to maximise their profits and stay ahead of the competition,” Karlan added.
“Singapore is a very important consolidation hub for ocean and air freight,” Karlen said at the official opening of the facility. “The nation-state is investing in the expansion of its ports, and a fifth runway is under construction at Changi Airport.”
Two-thirds of the space of the multi-purpose facility is already rented out to customers, and Karlen was keen to underline the importance of technologies to the Singapore facility, as well as to the company as a whole.
Panalpina plans to test and use many new technologies in Singapore, including the Internet of Things (IoT) to further optimise inventories using sensors on goods, augmented reality, automation and Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) systems. The new facility could also run 3D printers on behalf of customers, meaning it could one day become a hub for distributed manufacturing, he said.
“The steady advancement of 3D printing technology, to the point today where it is possible to print complex products in a huge variety of materials and colours, is making it increasingly attractive for industrial manufacturing.
“In fact, this facility could potentially host industrial 3D printers for customers. Our job would be to run the machines, print products, do post-production and distribute the finished products. The facility you are standing in could become a regional hub for distributed manufacturing,” Karlen said.