Dachser’s 2011 revenue jumped by 13 percent from a year ago to more than $5.6 billion as the German logistics group handled record volumes of air and ocean freight.
The company expects to record double-digit growth again in 2012 and plans to invest around $1.7 billion over the next five years, mainly in its European overland transport network.
Family-owned Dachser, which employs 21,000 staff, did not publish earnings figures.
“Following the crisis and a period of recovery, the markets stabilized again somewhat last year. Dachser was thus able to return to the growth corridor we have defined as being ideal for long-term organic growth,” said Bernhard Simon, head of the Dachser management board.
Dachser handled 49.3 million consignments, weighing a total of 37.1 million metric tons, in 2011.
The European logistics business booked revenues of $3.4 billion, or 61 percent of group sales. The pan-European trucking network was strengthened in 2011 with groupage freight consolidated at hubs in Slovakia, Germany and France.
The air and sea logistics unit boosted revenue by 17 percent to $1.45 billion and Dachser said it plans to double sales by 2017.
Food logistics revenue grew 16 percent to $727 million.
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