Skyways Group, a major player in the logistics sector founded in 1983, celebrated it’s 40th Founders Day on 8th August in Chennai, which also coincided with the company’s 20 years of operations in the city. At the press conference, the logistics major highlighted its South India expansion strategy.
Chennai is an important city for the logistics players in India as it sits in one of the most industrialized states in the country, Tamil Nadu, having the highest number of industries country-wide. Moving forward, Skyways will expand its operations in Chennai, Tamil Nadu and the entire South India.
We would like to express our gratitude towards everyone who has been a part of this glorious journey. Skyways Group’s 40th Founder’s Day is a historic milestone, built on the bedrock of ethics, values and trust. The group is now looking to expand its services further to the manufacturing cities in South India. We also wanted to take advantage of the growing sea trade in the region to expand our ocean logistics under our Forin Container Line, our Group Company.”Mr. SL Sharma, Chairman, Skyways Group
Skyways Group is eying the South Indian market as many cities including Trichy, Madurai, Coimbatore, Vellore, Mysore, Mangalore, Calicut, Trivandrum, Vizag, Vijayawada, Sri City etc. are anticipated to have outsized manufacturing industries in the next few years. With government initiatives and plans such as the PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan and PLI scheme, these cities in South India will further get a boost as this will incentivise manufacturing.
“Given the economics of the regions, we believe there is a sizeable scale to grow our headcount and operations. We currently operate in 4 cities in Tamil Nadu and 8 cities in overall South India. Chennai is a significant city for Skyways from a business perspective. We feel it’s the perfect time to further expand our business to the southern part of the country.”Yashpal Sharma, Managing Director, Skyways Group
With Skyways having its presence in South India, we will usher into boosting air freight opportunities as a leading Air Freight Forwarding company in this region as well by bringing in new products capacity enhancement initiatives, added Yashpal.
He also said that through sKart Global express, which is their express and e-commerce logistics company, there is a big push to empower MSME in the region by giving them access to technology and global network and connect them to the 7+ billion people around the world. They vision that their training wing, the SLS Logistik Academy will skill the region’s workforce and enable them to be industry-ready, thereby, adding strength to the PM Gati Shakti programme. Skyways Group plans to expand to 12-15 cities in South India and add a workforce of approximately 500 personnel over next 3 years.