Globalisation and remain key growth drivers for our company, which will benefit from these trends as a logistics provider with extensive reach and outstanding expertise in complex global supply chains. If the economic upswing continues, we will be able to stabilise and expand our business and increase revenue.
Although mail market liberalisation is progressing in the various European countries at different speeds, we have an opportunity to gradually expand our presence in selected markets across Europe. There are further opportunities for us in the North American and Asian mail markets.
On 8 November 2007, we presented our new Roadmap to Value capital markets programme, which we view as a further pillar of our future business success.
Our broad range and large geographical reach already make us the logistics provider of choice for discerning and in many cases globally operating customers. Our goal is to become the world’s preferred logistics service provider. Through our programme, we aim to enhance customer loyalty and also attract new customers.
In the MAIL Division, we have significantly enhanced our competitive focus and brought our portfolio clearly into line with customer needs in recent years. We are thus well prepared for full liberalisation of the German mail market. We aim to hold our market position as far as possible. As a full-service provider in international mail logistics, we are simultaneously pursuing profitable expansion in open markets.
The EXPRESS Division relies on strong regional units linked by a global network. We are optimising this network on an ongoing basis to secure our competitive position and hence our future success. Current major projects include the relocation of our central European air hub from Brussels to Leipzig/Halle and the construction of a new air in Shanghai to serve the northern Asian region. Our presence in countries with high rates of growth presents a further opportunity for future success.
The LOGISTICS Division is excellently positioned now that the integration of Exel has been successfully completed. Through close co-operation between our business units, we offer customers a comprehensive portfolio in air, ocean and road transport as well as in from a single source. We are further extending our international market position by expanding in rapidly growing logistics markets such as China, India, Mexico and Brazil.
Postbank, whose core business includes retail banking, anticipates rising demand for asset accumulation and protection, mortgage and consumer loan products. It plans to use this trend to further expand its business and increase earnings per customer on a long-term basis.
In our unit, we are intensifying co-operation within the Group for major customers in order to meet changing market conditions and customer needs. We see this as an opportunity to deploy our global expertise as a sustained competitive advantage and to translate it into commercial success.
Opportunities are also presented by the Global Business Services unit. We will increase efficiency through continuous improvement of organisational structures and processes in internal services such as procurement, property management and IT.
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