Friday 28th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

DB Schenker restructures UK rail freight business

Rail freight operator is DB Schenker Rail (UK) is restructuring its business into three operational segments from the existing four segment model.

The new segments are:
* Industrial – providing services to the energy generation and industrial markets
* Construction – providing services to the construction and infrastructure markets including Network Rail
* Logistics – providing terminals and logistics services

The group says the new structure, which will be launched later this summer will enable it to offer more added value services.

The previous four segments were: Construction, Energy, Industrial and Network.

Chief executive Alain Thauvette said:  “By developing Industrial, Construction and Logistics we have led the market by adapting to the new needs of our customers with the right products and services in the post-recession environment.  This is the new future of rail freight in Britain.”

The group said the foundation of the new structure lay in the actions DB Schenker took two years ago to manage the economic downturn. As a result of the recession the needs of customers had changed.

“The result of this period of change is that DB Schenker faces a very different market to the one it had when the recession started.  Rail freight might be about operating trains but to be truly successful the ability to provide innovation and added value is the key to success now,” it said.