UTi News & Notes
Global Operations Hub Serving Energy, Mining & Projects Opens in Houston
UTi has opened a global center of expertise for oil and gas, mining, and projects coordination at a new facility in Houston, Texas.
“We expanded our presence in Houston because we understand the special requirements of oil and gas clients and wanted to be in close proximity to better service the major players in this sector,” says Bruce Hulings, UTi Global Vice President, Energy, Mining and Projects. “We also established regional offices in key markets where energy exploration and drilling is centered. Our expertise in managing oil and gas supply chains is among the best in the industry.”
Close to Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), UTi’s unique facility was designed with specific emphasis on features suited to oil and gas clients. The new TSA-compliant facility, triple the size of its predecessor, features hazmat-trained employees, best-in-class security technology and a laydown yard for staging oversized equipment.
“We built out this multi-purpose logistics facility to bring together the best of our project logistics, air, ocean, and brokerage operations under one roof,” says Ed Feitzinger, UTi Executive Vice President, Global Operations. “We also located our Global Ocean Charter Desk at this location to serve our clients enterprise-wide and interface efficiently with our Energy, Mining and Projects team since the need for special ocean charters is greater for these clients.”
UTi Earns ‘Leader’ Designation in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant Report
UTi earned a spot in the Leader quadrant of Gartner’s latest annual Magic Quadrant report on global third-party logistics providers. The report assesses the capabilities of 3PL providers and is an instrumental tool in the supply chain decision-making process.
“We believe this is a tremendous accomplishment for UTi, as Gartner’s Magic Quadrant report is recognized as the definitive source for rating 3PLs and is used by procurement departments to evaluate companies’ services,” says Eric Kirchner, UTi Chief Executive Officer.
UTi, the only U.S.-based company in the Leader quadrant, improved its position compared to last year’s report and earned high marks from Gartner for its client focus and customized solutions.
Cummins Names UTi a Top U.S. Supplier
UTi is proud to have received the Cummins Supplier Diversity Development award, an achievement that also earned UTi a spot on the Cummins 2014 Top U.S. Suppliers list.
“These suppliers have demonstrated and exceeded the qualities that we expect of all of our suppliers -- high quality, on-time delivery, innovation, service and commitment to our values,” said Lisa Yoder, Cummins Vice President, Supply Chain and Manufacturing.
“They understand what it means to be a true partner to Cummins, helping us to be successful so that we, in turn, help our customers succeed. It’s called winning at the hand-offs.”
Ocean Charter Service Centers Speed Response to Our Clients
UTi recently established ocean charter service centers to coordinate the fastest possible response for energy, mining and construction industries clients. The UTi client services teams are strategically located in Amsterdam, Johannesburg and Singapore, with a global hub in Houston.
These locations are major centers for gas and oil exploration, drilling, mining and large projects construction. Each regional center is manned by experts who understand the special needs of these industries, says Bruce Hulings, UTi Global Vice President of Energy, Mining and Projects (EMP).
“UTi’s EMP team members have specific skill sets to analyze and drive the execution of specialized services that include heavy and break bulk transportation services, including cargo and project supervision,” he says. “Our regional centers will help UTi’s local offices offer seamless implementations by providing guidance and oversight.”