DHL Supply Chain will invest 140 million euros ($180 million) in its Southeast Asian operations, adding seven new facilities among other projects, by 2015.
The seven new facilities will be located in parts of Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam and will all be open by the end of the year. The company has already completed a 17,000-square-foot facility in Cimanggis, Indonesia.
In addition to new developments, the company plans to invest in new information technology solutions, employment training and upgraded transportation. In the next two years, DHL will increase its regional staff by 25,000 people.
“We plan to double our size in the next two to three years,” DHL’s chief executive officer for South and Southeast Asia, Oscar de Bok, said in a statement. “We’re already off to a strong start – by the end of 2013, we will have opened seven best-in-class multi-user facilities across strategic locations in Southeast Asia. These investments in quality, facilities, transport capabilities, IT and people are necessary to meet the needs of our customers in the region.”
According to data supplied by DHL, the region’s middle class will rise from 2010’s mark of 95 million people to 145 million people. The expected trade resulting from this increased in middle-class consumers requires DHL to bolster its services in the region. - Jon Ross