For decades, Militzer & Münch has been operating in numerous countries along the New Silk Road, with mainly the logistics market in China posing a big challenge. For cultural reasons, decision processes follow a different pattern than in Europe.
Militzer & Münch wanted to know more about these processes and commissioned the University of Applied Sciences in St. Gallen to draw up a logistics market study on the subject of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). In this interview, Dr. Lothar Thoma, CEO M&M Militzer & Münch International Holding AG, talks about the findings of the logistics market study on the Belt and Road Initiative and about decision processes in China.
One central result is that 80 percent of the logistics contracts in China in connection with the Belt and Road Initiative are awarded to Chinese firms. There is little chance for European logistics companies in China directly – opportunities present themselves mainly in those countries where China is not or just minimally active.
Since 1996, Olivier Antoniotti has been responsible for M&M Militzer & Münch Maroc S.A. as Managing Director. He has substantially contributed to the successful development of the company. In this interview, he talks about how he joined Militzer & Münch 25 years ago, and provides insight into the Moroccan logistics industry.
One year after an affiliate company was opened in Algeria, Militzer & Münch France launches regular groupage transports to Oran. Over the past four years, Militzer & Münch France’s transports to Algeria have increased by 300 percent.
For a leading Swiss manufacturer of rolling stock, Militzer & Münch Switzerland transports components to Belarus for the assembly of rail wagons, and to Hungary for interior fitting. The wagons are to be used for passenger transport on the Hungarian railway network.
For companies, international trade comes with a number of challenges – one of them is customs management. In order to simplify processes for its customers, Militzer & Münch France founded its own customs agency.
Relocation in Dubai: In October, the Militzer & Münch team moved from the airport to the sea port. Textiles can be trans-shipped here, too. The first new customers already benefit from these additional services.
Sliding through turns at high speed is a sport in its own right. In so-called “drifting”, the car’s rear goes into a skid and the car drifts through the turns at high speed. Militzer & Münch had the opportunity to take a close look at these special racing cars – when the cars were transported from Poland to the USA.