Neu-Isenburg (near Frankfurt am Main)/Milan/Oslo, October 15, 2008 – Following the opening of its fifth European branch office in Belgium just a few weeks ago, the logistics company time:matters (Neu-Isenburg near Frankfurt am Main) has announced the opening of two additional international branches: the special service provider for courier, sameday and emergency logistics which is part of the Lufthansa Group, has had its own offices in the Norwegian capital Oslo and the Italian economic metropolis Milan for a short time now. Within the scope of its internationalization strategy that was introduced two years ago, time:matters is in addition to its German headquarters, now represented in seven European countries with branch offices: in Austria, Switzerland, Poland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and Norway. Furthermore, the company operates a branch in the city-state Singapore and an office in Shanghai (China), which are responsible for its activities and customer relations in the Asia-Pacific region.

Both of the new foreign offices combine time:matters’ special expertise in the international time-critical spare parts logistics area; this growth segment within the logistics industry is currently the focus of time:matters’ business operations in Italy and Norway. “In addition to spare parts services, we naturally also offer our customers in Italy and Norway sameday services and emergency logistics solutions,” explains Hans-Peter Hommel, Vice President Spare Parts Logistics at time:matters. The spare parts logistics customers, as well as customers from other areas of time:matters’ service portfolio, benefit from the establishment of both new branch offices in Milan and Oslo: time:matters already dense Air-Rail-Road transport network is subsequently linked even more closely together, enabling an even quicker transport of particularly urgent or especially important shipments to and from Italy or to and from Scandinavia.

Especially companies from the medical technology, high-tech, engineering and automotive industries, as well as these companies’ respective logistics service providers, belong to time:matters’ main target audience in Italy and Scandinavia – this against the backdrop of the steadily increasing need for customized flexible, but at the same time quick and reliable solutions in all logistics segments. Therefore spare parts, which are stored in the Rhine-Main region and are urgently needed at a hospital in Kongsvinger (located around 100 km northeast of the Norwegian capital Oslo), reach their destination in less than twelve hours. This is accomplished by picking up the goods at the equipment manufacturer’s World Distribution Center located near Frankfurt am Main at 18:30 and delivering them directly to the technician before 7:00 the next morning. If the emergency is extremely critical, time:matters can even carry out a delivery from the German central warehouse to Scandinavia within three to five hours.

“As is the case with all of our foreign branches, the offices in Milan and Oslo are also staffed with local experts, who are well familiar with their respective domestic market,” emphasizes Franz-Joseph Miller, CEO of time:matters Holding GmbH. According to Miller, the logistics expert Nadia Romano will manage the branch in Milan, and the logistics expert Stefan Wallenberg will be responsible for the branch in Oslo.