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New sales high for the vehicle logistics specialist Hödlmayr.

In the 2016 financial year, the Ho?dlmayr team in sixteen countries grew to 1,800 employees and achieved sales revenues of €265m. Consequently, CEO Johannes Ho?dlmayr can reflect upon twelve months that will enter the company annals as the most successful in its 63-year history. He is also clearly proud of his workforce for as he says: "In spite of truly demanding general conditions, we were able to raise our sales by 8% over the previous year." Indeed, during 2016 innovative logistical concepts again served to convince numerous automotive manufacturers of the competence and performance potential of the company from the "Mu?hlviertel" region.

Ho?dlmayr is already operating as a trusted releasing agent at six automotive plants and this autumn will see the addition to this list of Jaguar at the Magna plant in Graz. In 2016, Ho?dlmayr handled a total of 1.75 million vehicles of which an increasing number were transported by rail as, apart from 740 special transports, fifteen block trains were also in operation.

One of the company's current investment focal points relates precisely to the expansion of such rail capacity and as Johannes Ho?dlmayr reveals: "With five new block trains, we are increasing our transport potential in this area by more than 30%. The new wagons also have infinitely adjustable upper loading beds, which permits the problem-free transport of SUVs." Furthermore, the expansion in rail logistics hardware is being accompanied by the addition of personnel resources.

Ho?dlmayr is therefore moving at speed to equip itself for the fresh challenges that the head of Ho?dlmayr International AG sees as not only emanating from the concentration processes among manufacturers, such as that involving the PSA Group's takeover of Opel, but above all the four major future themes of connectivity, autonomous driving, shared and services, and e-mobility (CASE).

However, Johannes Ho?dlmayr regards the above as also requiring homework on the part of others, especially with regard to the IT sector and the development of super-fast broadband infrastructure for automated and networked driving.




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