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Panalpina said project division “fastest growing area”

BASEL, Switz.–Panalpina’s specialized division for large-scale projects is one of the fastest growing areas of its business, the company noted.

Known as Panprojects, the division experienced 20% year-on-year turnover growth in 2013 and now has over 400 dedicated staff. One of its latest and largest projects involved work on an offshore oil platform section for energy giant BP in Azerbaijan, the company said in a release. 

The ceiling transport and logistics cost for a single industrial project is expected to cross the $1 billion mark in the near future, such is the growth of this increasingly important aspect of business. 

Panprojects was established in 2002 to directly address the logistics needs of the world’s most ambitious industrial projects. The service creates tailor-made, end-to-end transport networks for each project, said Panalpina.

Chris Kent, global head of Panprojects, attributes the division’s growth to its vast experience and flexible approach to these large jobs that mean it can tailor its workforce and global set-up to suit specific projects.

 “We’ve spent years developing the people and processes that improve efficiency on major projects,” he says. “Our people around the world have the local expertise and the global support to establish new routes and continually develop better ways of working on a single project. Their health and safety, together with that of our subcontractors, is a top priority for us and they work in a framework that demonstrates full compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.”

Many of the world’s largest industrial projects are located in landlocked, isolated areas, which often require upgrade work to ensure that local road and rail links can carry regular and oversized loads safely. Panprojects conducts detailed route and site surveys along the entire supply chain, being sure to account for limitations imposed by seasonal, climate and even political changes. Moving unusual and oversized loads generally requires authorization and customs clearance at several stages of a journey, noted the company.