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CEVA Logistics Expands Global Automotive Logistics Reach with Three-year VW deal in Argentina


CEVA Logistics Expands Global Automotive Logistics Reach with Three-year VW deal in Argentina

CEVA Logistics will connect critical supply chain elements in transmission production for Volkswagen’s global product line under a new three-year contract logistics agreement at the Córdoba Industrial Center for Volkswagen Argentina SA, a subsidiary of German automaker Volkswagen Group.

 The CEVA team in Argentina will manage inbound logistics, direct the parts warehousing, control inventory line processes and part picks, and supply the parts to their point of use on the production line.

 Volkswagen has operated production sites in Argentina since 1980, and the Córdoba facility represents one of VW’s most important facilities outside of Europe. The plant manufactures transmissions for a range of well-known models in the company’s range of models including Polo, Polo Vivo, T-Cross, Taigo, Ibiza, Arona, Gol, Voyage, Saveiro, Virtus, Nivus, Tiguan, Taigun, Kushaq, T-Roc, Caddy and transmission components for Transporter T6.

Global presence and capabilities enable local execution

As a leading global automotive and tire logistics provider, CEVA has extensive experience and capabilities to support VW’s operations. CEVA’s direct presence in all key manufacturing markets offers end-to-end solutions for automotive manufacturing and aftermarket services around the world. CEVA supports the VW Group with logistics services at other sites in Brazil, China, Germany and the U.K.

The company’s solutions include inbound domestic and International transportation, air, ocean (short-sea and international) and rail Ro-Ro. The company can handle shipments from supplier to manufacturer, including aftermarket, finished vehicle, yard management and transportation to dealers including eCommerce B2B.

About CEVA Logistics

CEVA Logistics, a world leader in third-party logistics, provides global supply chain solutions to connect people, products and providers all around the world. Headquartered in Marseille, France, CEVA Logistics offers a broad range of end-to-end, customized solutions in both Contract Logistics and Freight Management thanks to its approximately 98,000 employees at more than 1,000 facilities in 170 countries worldwide. With pro forma 2021 annual revenue of US$12 billion, CEVA Logistics is part of the CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics.

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Sustainability continues to underscore operations and initiatives in logistics. Last year, the industry saw even more attention on reducing carbon emissions, specifically for airfreight transportation–from commercial airliners to leading logistics companies. As seen with the maritime industry with IMO 2020, reducing the overall carbon footprint is the primary goal, but the logistics industry is taking a piecemeal approach to cover all bases. Notable companies linking arms to fight the issue of carbon emissions in the airfreight logistics sector include DHL, Yusen Logistics, Bollore Logistics and, of course, CEVA Logistics. In April 2021, CEVA Logistics announced its position on the issue through the joining of United Airlines’ Eco-Skies Alliance as an official partner (along with the other aforementioned companies). 

Known for being the world’s leading supply chain management organization headquartered in Marseille, France, CEVA is no stranger to stepping up in the name of sustainability. As part of parent company CMA CGM Group’s mission, CEVA is committed to acting for people, the planet and responsible trade–and that’s exactly what the logistics company is accomplishing through initiatives such as switching to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), for example. Not only does this move support the Group’s mission, but it also supports collaboration along the supply chain. 

“One long-term benefit and advantage of SAF is that it is a concrete opportunity for shippers, freight forwarders and carriers to work together to improve the air freight industry,” explains Peter Penseel, chief operating officer of Air Freight at CEVA Logistics. “This type of collaboration can extend beyond SAF and environmental topics to ones like safety. As an example, we were recently the first company to receive IATA’s new CEIV Lithium Certification for the safe air transport of lithium batteries, so we’re encouraging other industry participants, whether freight forwarders, ground handlers, or carriers, to support this important safety topic as well.”

The leaders behind the CEVA mission capitalize on what can be done now to reduce problems for the future. This proactive approach differentiates the business from competitors while creating a competitive advantage for customers. This serves as a primary driver behind the CMA CGM Group’s goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050.

“The Group aims at becoming carbon-neutral by 2050 and is significantly investing in research and development to help the emergence of future energy sources and technologies to reduce the impact of transport and logistics on the planet,” Penseel adds. “Encouraging the use of SAF in air transport is a direct outflow of this corporate commitment. Whether or not SAF is the long-term answer in air freight logistics, CEVA is taking tangible action today, with an eye on the solutions of tomorrow.”

What some logistics organizations might misunderstand that CEVA does not is the critical blending of customer needs and environmental needs. And in the modern world, it seems all players in the logistics arena are feeling the pressure to support sustainability more now than ever.

“Reducing emissions in the supply chain requires alignment with customers,” said Penseel. “We work alongside them to offer and encourage the right products and services, including alternative fuel options. We must embark on this journey together with a common vision and roadmap. To that end, we are a part of the Sustainable Air Freight Alliance (SAFA), which advocates for responsible transportation. The organization is made up of shipping companies, airlines and freight forwarders that are committed to measuring and reducing their carbon dioxide emissions.”

These changes do not come without their own set of unique challenges, however. Penseel adds that the current infrastructure landscape poses specific roadblocks that could potentially impede progress in the pursuit of carbon neutrality, warning that careful planning and collaboration along each step of the shipping process is critical and shouldn’t be compromised. 

As an air freight industry, we need to be conscious of the production and infrastructure capacities for SAF,” he says. “As we ramp up the use of this alternative fuel, we need to ensure that we can deliver on our commitments. If the industry offers more SAF options, we need to work closely with the entire upstream environment to ensure the needed supply and infrastructure will be there to meet the demand we as an industry are creating.

“Estimating carbon footprint and planning accordingly is the first step toward a more sustainable supply chain. For example, we offer an eco-calculator on our website and through our MyCEVA digital booking platform to estimate the logistics carbon footprint of a shipment via ocean, air, or ground.”

Looking to the future, CEVA has more carbon-neutral tricks up its sleeve. Penseel confirmed the organization is currently discussing additional SAF options and programs with numerous air carriers to confront and resolve near-term environmental concerns. 

2022 has officially greeted the industry with CEVA taking it by the horns with customer and environmental needs at the forefront of its dedicated solutions. The organization capped off 2021 with its latest acquisition of Ingram Micro’s Commerce & Lifestyle Services business, representing another feather in the CMA CGM Group’s hat in the ecommerce planning and omnichannel sectors, further positioning them as leaders in all things shipping and supporting the goal of becoming a name among the top five global third-party logistics players. 

“The acquisition of Ingram Micro CLS is strategic for the CMA CGM Group,” Rodolphe Saadé, chairman and CEO of the CMA CGM Group, said in a December release. “After completing its turnaround this year, our subsidiary CEVA Logistics will accelerate its development and join the world’s top four in contract logistics.”

Customers can continue to look forward to maximizing their opportunities in meeting their own customer needs while playing an active role in contributing to a cleaner, greener and more eco-friendly way of conducting business. 

“We look to help our customers make the best decisions when planning their logistics and freight transport operations to reduce environmental impact as they balance the business and timing needs of their supply chain processes and shipments,” Penseel concludes. 

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Peter Penseel is chief operating officer at CEVA Logistics.


Goodman Group Doubles Down on Sustainability with New Multi-Story Industrial Development on Seine Axis

Today HAROPA PORT announces the creation of a major river and seaport complex. It is the outcome of a call for logistics projects initiated by the Port of Gennevilliers (French département 92). Goodman has been selected for the development of a 90,000 sqm multimodal logistics platform – unique in Europe. The platform will be constructured over four levels, linked directly to the Seine and targeting the development of river transport and urban distribution for the Greater Paris region. The project is a perfect illustration of the new river and seaport’s positioning and ambitions for the development of decarbonised logistics.

Key features include;

+90,000 sqm of logistics space including 10,000 sqm of offices

+16 units of 5,000 sqm

+Four levels accessible to all vehicle types

+11,000 sqm solar PV

+17,000 sqm rooftop urban farm, of which 7,000 sqm is  greenhouse space

+BREEAM Outstanding certification, BiodiverCity and Low-Carbon labels

+One river transhipment dock

Named GREEN DOCK, this cutting-edge logistics project will be ideally located in the port of Gennevilliers, the leading port facility for the Greater Paris area by size and activity and only five kilometres from Paris and 20 minutes from Roissy – Charles de Gaulle airport. 250 companies from a diverse range of sectors have already chosen the area due to the ports location and multi-modal offerings, which include a combination of river, sea/rail, oil pipeline and road transport modes. GREEN DOCK will allow urban distribution businesses to provide “final-kilometre” delivery and to develop river-based transport deep into the French capital.

The vision for river transport is becoming increasingly important for many operators. STEF, DB SCHENKER and CEVA Logistics have already expressed interest in GREEN DOCK, providing input for its design. GREEN DOCK will be developed, held and managed directly by Goodman.

Goodman’s approach utilized a multi-disciplinary team to conceptualise this prime multimodal site combining modularity and a contemporary eco-design. The modern architectural lines of its façade will be constructed in natural, recycled materials including wood and concrete to integrate the site into its Seine riverbank surroundings. The building’s structure has been conceived for total flexibility and will allow its working areas to evolve in line with the needs of the occupants. Lastly, its roofing will be home to the largest urban farm in Europe, run by Cultivate it will cover 17,000 sqm, including 7,000 sqm of greenhouse space.

GREEN DOCK also sets out to be a model of economic land use and sustainable development, aiming for BREEAM certification at Outstanding level plus the BiodiverCity and low-carbon labels. Covering 90,000 sqm over four levels, supplemented by an access zone and underground parking, the project will have a density four times higher than standard. Energy management on the site will also benefit from innovations unparalleled in terms of scale: a solar PV plant covering 11,000 sqm of roof area intended for the site’s own supply, a heat exchanger connected to the Seine for heating and cooling the building and a geothermal plant. The dock, a key component of the site’s multimodality, fully funded by Goodman, provides a direct link between the project and the river. It will offer users direct, functional access to river transport, both upstream and downstream.

“We are honoured to have been awarded the project initiated by HAROPA PORT for the Gennevilliers flagship site. Green Dock, our multimodal project design is the outcome of a year of studies and discussion and embodies the firm belief that river transport will be central to tomorrow’s urban distribution. Its vertical design is inspired by our completed projects in Asia, but its functional architectural quality and environmental performance make Green Dock unique. It exemplifies the level of excellence we aim for in each of our developments.” says Philippe Arfi, Director of Goodman France.

“It is with pleasure that we sign this commitment to working with Goodman on this highly auspicious day on which HAROPA PORT comes officially into being. This project for a multimodal platform is an innovation for Europe and confirms the role of the new HAROPA PORT in ambitious, decarbonised logistics. This agreement is a perfect illustration of our ability to offer end-to-end logistics solutions right from the maritime terminals of Le Havre and Rouen up to the final kilometre and to pursue alongside our partners projects on a scale and of a quality never before seen in our ports” confirms Stéphane Raison, CEO of HAROPA PORT.



Since 1 June 2021, the ports of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris, already united under single banner of HAROPA since 2012, form the “major Seine Axis river and sea port authority”. As the fifth largest north-European port complex, HAROPA PORT has connections to every continent based on an international maritime offering in the very first rank (calling at nearly 700 ports). It serves an extensive hinterland centred on the Seine Valley and the Paris region, together constituting France’s biggest consumer catchment area. From Le Havre to Rouen, the port complex can point to 2.5m sq. m. of logistics warehousing currently in service and over 1m sq. m. of available warehousing space. Today in France, HAROPA PORT provides a transport and logistics system capable of proposing holistic, end-to-end service offerings. It generates annual maritime and river traffic in excess of 130m tonnes and its activities represent approximately 160,000 jobs.

For more information, please contact:

Marie HERON T +33 2 32 74 72 87 – +33 6 79 69 36 09

Nicolas BOUDET +33 1 40 58 29 81 – +33 6 74 35 22 17

About Goodman

With assets under management totalling A$52.9 billion and 366 properties under management, Goodman is the largest listed industrial property group in Australia and one of the largest managers of listed specialist funds worldwide. Its market vision and its specialised teams in each country, create solid investment opportunities and develop spaces and working environments that meet the individual needs of each customer.

With over 900 staff and 26 offices in 14 countries, Goodman has the global reach to meet the needs of its clients as their businesses expand or develop. In Europe, Goodman is present in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Spain, Italy, and the United Kingdom.

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