Revenue for 2016 increases to 1.36 billion euros / 6.4 per cent rise / international expansion of full-service logistics

Gebrüder Weiss is continuing its positive business development trend of recent years. In the 2016 fiscal year, the international transport and logistics company generated preliminary revenue of 1.36 billion euros. This corresponds to a revenue increase of approximately 6.4 per cent in comparison to the previous year (2015: 1,278 million euros; 2016: 1,360 million euros). "Considering the volatile economic situation, we are extremely pleased with these figures. We have laid important groundwork for achieving our corporate aim of Service Excellence, and we have continued to expand our services, enabling us to consolidate our position as an international full-service logistics provider," states
Wolfgang Niessner, CEO of Gebrüder Weiss.

Main topics: High-tech, automotive, B2C and the Silk Road
The company's focus of the last year has been the ongoing development of the Gebrüder Weiss range of services for the high-tech and automotive sectors and the establishment of logistics solutions for producers of consumer and brand items. In the home delivery segment, Gebrüder Weiss solidified its position as the market leader for end-customer delivery (B2C) in Austria through its two-man handling and assembly services and continued to expand its services in various countries throughout Eastern Europe. In 2016, DPD Austria increased its share of private customers to 17 per cent for parcel shipping services. With a total volume of around 43.8 million packages transported, this marked an increase of approximately 2.5 million compared to 2015 for DPD, whose co-partner is the Gebrüder Weiss parcel service (GWP).

Gebrüder Weiss took further strategic measures with the continued development of its service portfolio towards Central Asia – along the former Silk Road. In order to reach the regions even more efficiently, the company introduced air and sea transport services as well as intermodal solutions to China and groupage freight services to the Caucasus and Iran. New locations in Russia, Kazakhstan and Turkey ensure that consistently high standards of quality are maintained locally. The logistics capacities of existing branches in southern Germany were also expanded.

The land transport and logistics business areas of Gebrüder Weiss increased its revenue by 5 per cent to 900.7 million euros (2015: 857.7 million euros). In 2016, the Air & Sea business area recorded a revenue of 285.6 million euros, which equates to a decrease of 2.9 per cent (2015: 293.9 million euros). In the parcel service (CEP) division, revenue increased by 4 per cent, while New Business recorded growth of 31.8 per cent. The equity ratio rose slightly to around 57.5 per cent, thereby guaranteeing the company substantial financial independence (2015: 56.5 per cent). At 33.10 million euros, the investment volume reflected the long-term average. The number of employees increased to approximately 6,500 (FTE) in 2016.

Outlook
In 2017, Gebrüder Weiss is planning to continue its international growth strategy, in particular in Asia and North America, and to open new locations. "Key factors in terms of competitiveness include reliability, speed, a high degree of digitisation and highly qualified employees. We are investing specifically in the further development of these fields in order to convince our customers with an even more appealing range of services – and this all over the world,” states Wolfgang Niessner.