AsstrA's turnover for the first half of 2017 amounted to more than 105 million euros, a 39% increase compared to the same period last year. The number of customer orders processed was 26% higher at 57.5 thousand.
Road transport remained the most sought after shipping mode, with 45 thousand full truck load (FTL) orders processed. There were also shipments of 4,404 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) containers, 2,606 transport tanks, and more than 2,500 carloads. Also, AsstrA fulfilled 1,616 air shipments and handled 850 oversized cargo orders. The total amount of cargo shipped stood at 2.3 million tons.
Since the beginning of the year, the company has concentrated on strengthening its position in the Asian market and continued to develop its container trains service between East Asia, the CIS, and Europe.
Another key goal of the multinational is to increase turnover in Eastern markets by at least 40%. Results from 2016 amounted to 8.5 million euros, and by the end of 2017 a turnover of at least 12 million euros is targeted. The 2016 opening of an AsstrA office in Istanbul has contributed the company's stronger position in the Asia. Comparing AsstrA's results in Turkey in the first half of 2016 to that of 2017, there have been 1.8 times more overall transportation orders, 2.2 times more customers, 2.5 times more turnover, and 2.7 times more orders specifically from Turkish customers.
AsstrA and the JSC United Transport and Logistics Company (UTLC), a consortium of the Russian, Belarussian, and Kazakh national railways, signed a 5-year business development agreement regarding rail transit service between China and Europe via Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus.
AsstrA's Steel Logistics division completed 4,126 metal shipments weighing a total of 137,000 tons and accounting for 7% of all orders completed during H1 2017. The division has more than 10 years of experience specializing in this type of cargo, which includes sheet metal, piping, rebar, and of course steel.
And in June 2017, AsstrA formed a Pharma Logistics division to serve the unique demands of the pharmaceutical industry. The new division will ensure strict compliance with temperature regimes and customs clearance procedures, efficient storage at specialized warehouses, appropriate packaging, and prompt distribution to final recipients.
"The company is successfully implementing the chosen strategy. We are not only achieving good numbers and KPIs but also receiving great feedback from customers about the quality of completed orders. I'm proud to say that we're on a track,” says Dmitry Lagun, AsstrA General Director. “Our whole team is constantly working on improving technologies, developing new offerings, and driving business growth. I am grateful to the staff who, despite the challenging market situation, are implementing the company's plans, even though the objectives can be quite ambitious and innovative. This company's positive results don't just happen – they are thanks to the coordinated work of each employee and the company as a whole."