Scan Global Logistics (SGL) has added an office in Gqberha (Port Elizabeth) to the three it already has in South Africa in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.
The expansion down south follows after SGL opened its first office in Kenya, all part of what appears to be an aggressive growth path for the multinational freight forwarder.
Apart from its offices in South Africa and Nairobi, SGL is particularly well represented in West Africa, with offices in Togo, Benin, Mali, Côte d’Ivoire, and Senegal.
Commenting on the office serving the deep-water port of Ngqura, SGL’s chief executive for EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), Lars Syberg, said: “‘We already offer a warehousing and distribution solution in Port Elizabeth for one of our key customers, so extending our capabilities and local expertise through an office is only natural.”
He added: “The port includes the Coega Industrial Development Zone, a world-class infrastructure and logistics business hub, enabling us to offer our comprehensive supply chain solutions to our customers, including warehousing and distribution. Our global flexibility builds on our local presence; it’s what enables us to uncomplicate our customers’ worlds whenever, wherever.”
SGL’s South African director, Jerome James, said: “‘Within the automotive industry, Port Elizabeth is often called the ‘Detroit of South Africa,’ as it’s home to a significant number of major car manufacturers and parts suppliers with operations in and around the city.
“Similarly, the port is a vital part of the pharmaceutical supply chain of the country and continent. Two industries that are a part of our strategy in South Africa and suit our capabilities very well.” – SOURCE: LUA