Mobilitas-AGS inaugurates its biggest multimodal logistics platform in Africa
May 24, 2017
The Gauteng logistics hub's goal is to improve Mobilitas-AGS' services delivered to its clients, increase its competitiveness and support the growth of its activities across Africa
The Mobilitas-AGS group's new multimodal logistics platform in Gauteng province, South Africa has officially been delivered. The facility is built on a 90,000 m2 site near the O.R. Tambo International Airport, the largest on the African continent. The Gauteng logistics hub's goal is to improve Mobilitas-AGS' services delivered to its clients, increase its competitiveness and support the growth of its activities across Africa.
The site is as a key international platform for the operations of each Mobilitas-AGS group brand, including the Laser Transport Group, the South African leader in logistics. It comprises four warehouses devoted to archive storage and document digitisation, with 150 km of archiving capacity, fine art storage and management and a bonded warehouse.
The site is also equipped with two special areas: one storage area for wine and another for sensitive products.
The Mobilitas-AGS group has invested 260 million rand (around EUR 18 million) in the construction and outfitting of the first tranche of the logistics site. "The inauguration of the logistics complex is an important step for the continuing development of Mobilitas-AGS activities in Africa. Moreover, because of its ultra-modern design, a complex such as the one we have just inaugurated improves the competitiveness of our businesses in southern Africa", says Alain Taïeb, Chairman of Mobilitas-AGS' Supervisory Board.
Infrastructures are a major issue for private-sector actors in Africa. Businesses can see their competitiveness reduced by 40% by inadequate logistical infrastructures. This situation increases the costs of goods by 30% to 40% when they are traded in Africa. By optimising the logistics chain, Mobilitas-AGS is meeting the market's needs, which is a strategic development pillar.
The Gauteng logistics complex is in line with Mobilitas-AGS global strategy aiming at building multimodal logistics infrastructures. Similar projects have been completed over the last few years in France and Germany, and others are planned in Africa. Thus, Mobilitas-AGS continues to demonstrate its ability to implement major international projects.