Morgan Olausson, Vice President of BU North Sea North, recently had the pleasure of attending a valuable strategic meeting in China with David Pansinger, Vice President of Logistics Asia Pacific, and Lars Krafft, Industrial Strategy Director from Volvo Cars in Sweden.
The five-day visit included a presentation of our mega vessels which are currently under construction at the Jinling Shipyard, a visit to the Lynk & Co factory in Luqiao, part of Geely Corporation, which is the owner of Volvo Cars and a strategy meeting to discuss future industrial structures, logistics needs and how to best support developments in the future.
“With the four new mega vessels being constructed in Jinling and the acquisition of the U.N. Ro-Ro shipping company in the Mediterranean, a lot of opportunities have opened for extending and developing our automotive supply chain services, which is just one of the many reasons to have this strategy meeting with Volvo Cars,” says Morgan Olausson.
The new mega vessels are being designed and constructed with extra car capacity, the newest environmental standards and very high loading and discharging efficiency. This will give DFDS potential solutions for future transport of new cars from factory to port, including opportunities for using electric and autonomous vehicles as part of an increasingly efficient supply chain.
“I am happy to see the progress of the new ro-ro mega vessels being built in Jinling. We have a valuable long-term partnership with DFDS and the new ships will contribute to supporting Volvo Cars’ increasing expansion and need for further ro-ro capacity,” says Lars Krafft.
DFDS and Volvo Cars also visited the Geely/Volvo Cars plant in Luqiao, where Lync & Co cars and soon also Volvo Cars XC40 will be produced
“It was a very rewarding trip to China and a great opportunity to spend so much time exchanging ideas and knowledge about the future of our respective companies. It has been very exciting to follow Volvo Cars positive development in recent years and following the strategy meeting with their owners in China, I realize that this is just the beginning of an exciting future,” concludes Morgan Olausson.
July 19, 2018