DHL Global Forwarding, the Deutsche Post DHL Group’s air and ocean freight specialist, has extended its long-term partnership agreement with the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and will continue as Official Logistics Partner until 2021.
The new contract was recently signed at the DHL Innovation Center in Bonn, Germany and present at the signing were Thomas Nieszner, President and Global Head of Motorsport of DHL Global Forwarding, Steffen Vollmer, Station Manager DHL Global Forwarding, Pascal Dimitri, Operations Director of the WEC and Stéphane Andriolo, Marketing Director of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest.
The 2019-20 season will feature eight rounds, of which five are at tracks across Asia, the Middle East, Latin and North America. Working together with the WEC, its automotive partners and competitors, an extremely important element makes this feat of logistics not only possible but also efficient and effective – DHL.
DHL Global Forwarding is responsible for shipping all of the teams’ motorsport materials and equipment to the overseas events. This includes delivery of 34 race cars, two safety cars, TV equipment and assorted organizational equipment, as well as 10,000 tires, 198,000 litres of fuel and all associated equipment to race tracks around the world.
“We are delighted to have renewed our partnership agreement with DHL”, said WEC Operations Director, Pascal Dimitri. “Being at DHL’s Innovation Center has confirmed to us that we have the perfect partner to work alongside. Endurance racing has always looked towards tomorrow’s technologies on and off the race track, as DHL is doing at their Innovation Center. The trends they have identified, and the logistical innovations and products already introduced could be used at race tracks in the future, and will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the WEC’s logistical operations as we move forward together into the future.”
Since 2012, DHL has been responsible for the WEC’s logistics from the organization and booking of chartered freight aircraft, sea freight and truck transports to the processing of all documents and the coordination, monitoring and management of all ad-hoc shipments at the race tracks.
“We are proud to be a logistics partner at all races from the beginning of the WEC. Every racing season we look forward to our challenging task anew,” adds Thomas Nieszner, President and Global Head of Motorsport, DHL Global Forwarding. “Our motorsport logistics team ensures that everything is in place for every race. For each overseas race of the WEC, DHL carries more than 800 tonnes of sea freight plus around 50 ad hoc shipments.”