Excelling with personal advice
The electric car market, which is currently under development, promotes progress in the new field of business. “Particularly when it comes to electric vehicles produced in Asia, no customer relationships have been established yet for overseas export,” says the branch manager. Due to capacity shortages on RoRo ships, there is a high demand for good alternatives to the established transport options. “And that’s exactly what we can offer, with a great deal of flexibility and personal advice.”
But business in the field of automotive logistics is very volatile. “The demand for storage capacities increased drastically during the COVID-19 pandemic, as vehicles could not be delivered to end customers. Logistical needs fell again considerably due to a significant drop in production resulting from a semiconductor shortage.” But the level of production has been solid again since the middle of last year.
In addition, special transports are currently in very high demand. As no investments were made during the pandemic, there is a lack of capacity on the rails for hinterland transport, which are important for the automotive industry, as well as on the road. That is why MOSOLF is investing in lorry capacity in Germany as a whole and in northern Germany. “Our advantage is that we’re positioned to be very flexible,” says Wenhold. “For example, our workshop is mobile, meaning we can use it in Wilhelmshaven and Cuxhaven.”
At the beginning, for instance, the company performed delivery inspections, including a light test and charging level check, and equipped all the vehicles with winter tyres for a renowned car rental company that had imported 1,200 electric vehicles from China. “With this spot deal, we were able to prove that it works, as well as acquire long-term business,” emphasises Wenhold.
MOSOLF handled nearly 4,000 TEU in Wilhelmshaven in August, with a medium-term goal of around 50,000 vehicles a year. But that will not be the end of the story by any means. According to estimates, the number of vehicles produced in China, which are then sold and transported to Europe are likely to nearly double by 2025 compared to 2022. That is a lot more potential for MOSOLF. (ch)