DHL Global Forwarding announced as the official logistics and freight sponsor of the 2022 Sasol Solar Challenge

The Sasol Solar Challenge (SSC) is proud to announce that DHL Global Forwarding (DGF), the global leader in the logistics industry, has joined the event as the official logistics and freight sponsor and also as a sponsor of the DHL Global Forwarding/Sasol Solar Challenge prize competition.

The organisation’s global presence and industry-leading logistics expertise will add significant value to the 2022 Sasol Solar Challenge, which will see more than a dozen professional and amateur solar car teams from around the world compete to travel the furthest distance in an entirely solar-powered vehicles of their own design and construction.

“We are delighted that DHL Global Forwarding has joined the Sasol Solar Challenge. This is an exciting opportunity to work alongside one of the world’s leading logistics companies,” said Robert Walker, director of the Sasol Solar Challenge. “DHL Global Forwarding has demonstrated a commitment to supporting major events across the world. The partnership with the Sasol Solar Challenge will ultimately help grow the event on a local and global scale.”

As part of the agreement, DHL Global Forwarding will fund four logistics vouchers - valued at R100,000.00 each - for international participating teams to help cover most of the costs associated with competing in South Africa. Each solar car will be safely and timeously delivered to the country, enabling teams to focus on other important aspects of the event without concerning themselves with international shipping. Additionally, DHL Global Forwarding will provide teams with logistical support and advice on freight, customs, shipping and more throughout the event.

DHL Global Forwarding will also provide local and international teams with a one-stop, full-service shipping experience, a major value-add for the competition.

“We are delighted to contribute our expertise and capabilities to the Sasol Solar Challenge again this year. Our forwarding experts, global reach and local knowledge equip us to safely transport important cargo such as the participating solar cars. This frees the solar car teams to focus on performing their best in the competition,” said Clement Blanc, managing director of DHL Global Forwarding South Africa.

To win the DHL Global Forwarding prizes, teams will have to get creative and grab the attention of both the Sasol Solar Challenge and DHL Global Forwarding on Facebook and Twitter and explain why their team decided to participate in the 2022 Sasol Solar Challenge.

“At DHL Global Forwarding, we strive for clean operations and work hard to do our part to protect the climate. Our collaboration with the Sasol Solar Challenge reflects our efforts to get logistics to net-zero by 2050,” said Blanc. “Mobility is inseparable from logistics, and the solar car teams working on these innovative vehicles today play an important role in shaping the future of sustainable mobility.”

Sasol senior manager for group brand and sponsorships, Nozipho Mbatha also welcomed DHL Global Forwarding on board for the 2022 Sasol Solar Challenge, saying: “We are delighted to welcome a world leader in the logistics industry to the Sasol Solar Challenge. Their expertise offers an efficient and easy solution for our international participants to compete in South Africa.”

About Sasol Solar Challenge

The Sasol Solar Challenge is in its fourteenth year. It is a biennial competition that strives to be the ultimate test of technology and innovation. Local and international teams conceptualise, design and build solar-powered vehicles to drive across South Africa in an eight-day event while competing against each other, demonstrating and showcasing their design, manufacturing, and strategy skills. The challenge runs on public roads, sharing space with trucks and regular traffic, and passes through multiple small towns.

About DHL

DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. Our DHL divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfilment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With about 380,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global sustainable trade flows. With specialised solutions for growth markets and industries including technology, life sciences and healthcare, engineering, manufacturing and energy, auto-mobility and retail, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The group generated revenues of more than 81 billion euros in 2021. With sustainable business practices and a commitment to society and the environment, the group makes a positive contribution to the world. Deutsche Post DHL Group aims to achieve zero-emissions logistics by 2050.

About Sasol

Sasol is a global chemicals and energy company based in South Africa – operating in 23 countries across the world. Sasol is also the title sponsor of the Sasol Solar Challenge since 2012.

The company supports events which inspire creativity and innovation, including sporting and artistic initiatives, as well environmental and educational organisations and events.

Date: 
Monday, April 11, 2022