How to start on the Silk Road
Erik Groot Wassink
Director special products at Nunner Logistics
Erik Groot Wassink is because of his 30 years of experience in logistics services, a familiar face in the Netherlands and abroad. As Director Special Products he is responsible for Global Supply Chain solutions and Special Projects at NUNNER Logistics. Erik is an authority in the field of rail transport to Russia and the Central Asian republics. When some years ago the first containers from China came via rail to Europe, Erik was one of the first to see what this offered European logistics and NUNNER. Since then, traffic on the new Silk Road is one of the core business of NUNNER. NUNNER is one of the largest players on the railways in Russia and Kazakhstan for both conventional and container transport. In 2016 it was even the largest player for conventional transshipment at the Polish-White Russian border in Małaszewicze.
Nunner is a leading provider of logistics services is headquartered in Helmond in The Netherlands and it has 24 branches in Europe. Poland has proven to be an important part of NUNNER’s growth in Central Europe. In Poland Nunner operates 4 locations; in Sosnowiec, Wroclaw, Mirkóv, Grodzisk (Warsaw) with a total warehouse surface of 50.000m2. Warehouse and crossdock set up and distribution from these locations all over Poland as well as project business to Kazakhstan and China.
Head of China Rail / Multimodal, Europe, DHL Global Forwarding GmbH
DHLs development since the start of the New Silk Road/OneRoad&Belt Initiative, the opportunities and challenges and key actions to grow the attractiveness of this service in the future.
Thomas is responsible for the Chinarail/Multimodal Service at DHL for the European Region. He is 50 years old, married and father of 2 sons. Since 30 years in the Logistics Industry he built up a broad expertise with various roles in International Freight Forwarding and CEP/Parcel/Express working since over 20 years for the DPDHL Group. His first projects with Chinarail started in 2010 and the kickoff of first the DHL Blocktrain from Chengdu to Lodz in May 2013. Since 2015 he is in charge of the Chinarailservice at DHL in Europe.