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Global supply chains, cost pressures and fluctuating demand require efficient logistics, and
sustainability is playing an increasingly important role in logistics. We asked Günter Waibel
(Thorn/GW), Helmut Kuhlmann (Zumtobel/HK) and Bernd Fink (Tridonic/BF), Logistics Managers
in the Zumtobel Group, how they are facing up to these challenges.
Sustainability is an important issue. Does that also apply
to logistics and transport?
Yes, there is growing awareness of the impor-
tance of sustainability in logistics as well. The issue of
sustainability is omnipresent both within the logistics
division and in discussions with our partners. When
we are looking at rail shipments from China to
Europe, for instance, we consider CO
efficiency as
well as transit times and costs.
What do you feel are the greatest challenges your division
faces from a sustainability perspective?
Like almost every division in the Zumtobel
Group, transport, too, is being affected by tech-
nological change, e. g. by the geographical shift in
procurement markets. However, because we use
logistics partners to provide all transport-related
services, we are already extremely flexible and we
can respond nimbly to changes. We are already able
to adapt capacity flexibly in line with market needs
or respond to changed environmental circumstances
through organisational measures. One challenge is
to manage this partner network and integrate it into
our way of thinking with a view to ensuring sustain-
able development.
What does “sustainable development” mean in this
It means working, for instance, with our service
providers on new concepts intended to optimise
transport and warehousing services. Warehousing
activities in Scandinavia, for instance, were out-
sourced to a service provider in 2012/13, which gives
us the ability to adapt our capacity at any time: this
means economically sustainable further develop-
ment of distribution services for our customers.
In the long term we aim to carry on cutting the
proportion of airfreight by optimising our planning
and consolidating collective shipments. In this con-
text, integral projects involving the entire Group’s
procurement, production and logistics are already
under way. The objective is to cut inventories and
throughput times, bundle shipment volumes by con-
solidation and improve the transport mix (air and
sea). This will also have significant ecological benefits.
What aspects of sustainability are taken into account
when choosing a transport service provider?
Service providers are selected on the basis of
criteria that safeguard our quality aspirations, ensure
efficient logistics and take into account sustainability
aspects. Although economic and deadline factors are
usually prime considerations, the arrangement that is
the most economically sensible is often also the best
form of transport in ecological terms. Shipment by
sea is less expensive than airfreight and also produces
fewer emissions. Giving preference to service pro-
viders who are certified according to ISO 9001 and
14001 or Ökoprofit, for example, the exhaust emis-
sions standard for vehicles, etc. also comes into play.
Keyword “emissions”: in 2012/13, the Zumtobel Group
completed a project aimed at surveying CO
What is the reason behind this?
The CO
emissions hitherto determined in the
Zumtobel Group consisted of “direct emissions”
(consumption of oil and gas) and “indirect emissions”
(consumption of district heating and electric power).
The CO
emissions produced by the transport of
products were not actually surveyed at that time.
The project has now closed this gap.
The project was carried out together with the
By air
Zumtobel: 4%
Thorn: 3%
Tridonic: 5%
By sea
Zumtobel: 2%
Thorn: 5%
Tridonic: 18%
By road
Zumtobel: 83%
Thorn: 90%
Tridonic: 77%
By rail
Zumtobel: 11%
Thorn: 2%
Tridonic: *
* all local transportation to and
from overseas ports