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Forecasting October 23, 2017

Dachser founds Enterprise Lab at Fraunhofer IML

Dachser logistics experts and Fraunhofer IML researchers have joined forces to work on research and development projects

Dachser is excited to announce the beginning of a tight-knit research partnership with the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML. At the newly created 'Dachser Enterprise Lab' in Dortmund, Dachser employees will be working together with researchers from Fraunhofer IML on specific research and development projects that flow into Dachser's two business fields of Road Logistics and Air & Sea Logistics. The team's aim is the targeted further development of pioneering technologies for across-the-board application in practice.

"For many years now, collaboration with a range of universities and development partners has been a mainstay of our corporate strategy. The Dachser Enterprise Lab adds key competencies to our internal research and development capacity, and gives us flexible access to specialists," says Dachser CEO Bernhard Simon. He points out that Fraunhofer IML possesses outstanding expertise, state-of-the-art laboratories, and a wide range of motivated and creative researchers. When coupled with the longstanding experience of Dachser's logistics experts, he believes that this will further accelerate the company's rate of innovation.

"We have set up our Enterprise Labs to transfer research results over to products or new business models as quickly as possible. By embracing new and interdisciplinary forms of collaborative development that shorten the distance between us, we can achieve a high degree of exchange between research and industry," says Prof. Michael ten Hompel, managing director of Fraunhofer IML. "This partnership puts us in a position in which we can flexibly and speedily put new technologies, trends, or business strategies into practice, and efficiently determine our priorities. This is an enormous competitive advantage for a globally connected logistics business such as Dachser, with its complex networks and data structures. Our new Enterprise Lab together with Dachser sets a clear benchmark in collaborative logistics and technology development."


About the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics: Fraunhofer IML is said to be first address for all questions with respect to holistic logistics, its employees work on all fields of internal and external logistics. At the Institute, founded in 1981, there are at the moment 260 employees as well as 250 post-graduates and students, supported by colleagues in workshops, laboratories and service areas. Made-to-measure arranged teams create cross-industry and customer-specific solutions in the area of materials handling, warehouse management, supply chain management, simulation supported business and system planning and also traffic systems, closed loop economy, resources logistics, building logistics and e-business. Not least, the Fraunhofer IML is acting as general coordinator for the multi-institute central theme Ā»Internet of ThingsĀ« within the entire Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. If necessary, Fraunhofer IML can draw on 24,000 employees in 67 institutes of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Further locations beside Dortmund are Frankfurt/Main, Hamburg, Prien at lake Chiemsee, Lisbon and Beijing.

About Dachser USA Air & Sea Logistics: Founded in 1974, Dachser USA Air & Sea Logistics Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of German-headquartered Dachser SE. The company is a leading global logistics provider employing 26,500 professionals in 428 locations and handling 78.1 million shipments annually. Dachser USA Air & Sea Logistics is headquartered in Atlanta with branch offices in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Phoenix and St. Louis. Dachser USA Air & Sea Logistics offers optimal access to international markets and ensures seamless integration of all import and export activities via air or ocean to and from Europe, Asia and South America. For more information, visit

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