September 5 - Panalpina has merged its Panprojects and oil & gas activities to create Panalpina Energy Solutions, a specialised service that designs tailor-made transport solutions for the world's most ambitious energy projects.

Industry veteran, Hans Toggweiler, who joined Panalpina in June as global project and oil and gas consultant will head the new entity.

Readers with long memories will recall that he previously worked for Panalpina for over 32 years in various functions in Zurich, New York, Houston and Morristown.

In 1998, he joined Deutsche Post DHL as ceo of forwarding for North America & Americas and in 2010 he assumed the position of ceo for the global operations of DHL Industrial Projects and Oil & Energy which he held until retiring in 2013.

Chris Kent, who was global head of Panprojects division has decided to leave Panalpina after 12 years of service with the company.

The company says that Panalpina Energy Solutions will give customers access to a global force of skilled professionals with the knowledge, experience and resources at their disposal to deliver on the most demanding logistics needs.

The new entity will have more than 2,200 staff, and will be able to create tailor-made, end-to-end transport solutions for each individual requirement across the entire lifecycle - from exploration to decommissioning.

"Bringing our resources together makes us even stronger, and gives our customers a service with the scale, breadth and capability that matches the ambition of their projects," says Peter Ulber, ceo of Panalpina.

"The new group builds on Panalpina's heritage and combines our strengths in large-scale industrial projects work and the oil & gas industry. It will create synergies, strengthen operations, increase efficiency and improve the service delivered to customers," says Toggweiler.