22 BULKDISTRIBUTOR Logistics September/October 2016 CH Robinson acquires Warrens takes first Krone logistics provider liners consignment Down Under W C H Robinson continues to grow its global presence after acquiring APC Logistics, a leading provider of freight forwarding and customs brokerage services in Australia and New Zealand. The two companies had a long-standing exclusive agent relationship for business in Australia and New Zealand. The agreement is subject to certain customary closing conditions, including regulatory approval. “This acquisition allows us to add great talent to our Global Forwarding team and advances the strategy to expand our global network,” said John Wiehoff, Chairman and CEO of CH Robinson. “We will work hard to successfully integrate the valued employees, customers and suppliers of APC.” APC Logistics is a privately held international freight forwarder, providing ocean, air, customs brokerage and consultancy services, currently serving over 3,000 customers and suppliers. Founded in 1974 and headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, APC Logistics employs approximately 300 people and has seven offices in Australia and two in New Zealand. APC had $334.2 million AUD (approximately $251 million USD) in total revenues for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016. CH Robinson intends to purchase APC Logistics for approximately $300 million AUD (approximately $225 million USD) in cash. The acquisition is expected to be accretive in 2016 and 2017 and will be financed through cash and funds drawn from CH Robinson’s existing revolving credit facility. “By joining CH Robinson, we are building on the business we have done together for more than 16 years,” said Tony Considine, CEO of APC Logistics. “We are extremely excited to have our business be part of CH Robinson, a leading global company, and believe this will position us to better serve our customers and foster growth by leveraging CH Robinson’s vast network and core service offerings.” CH Robinson’s Global Forwarding business currently serves four continents and 37 countries, with approximately 3,500 employees and 109 offices worldwide, and is the number-one non-vessel operator from China to the US. Global forwarding clients leverage CH Robinson’s considerable freight volumes to access available capacity at competitive rates. “APC Logistics is a high quality company with a proven track record of success. Combining their expertise and strong customer and carrier relationships with CH Robinson’s service offerings and network will create more robust capabilities for our customers and add scale to our business,” said Mike Short, President of CH Robinson’s Global Forwarding division. Once the deal closes, CH Robinson will integrate APC Logistics into the division and single global technology platform Navisphere. arrens Warehousing Group has taken delivery of its first consignment of Dry Liner box trailers from Krone which, says the company, will join its 200-strong European trailer fleet and carry bread and cake products for a number of leading supermarkets. Manufactured in Herzlake, Germany, the Dry Liner is designed to work in both the UK and European markets: Its slim, 100mm neck affords additional load volume and with a fifth wheel height of 1,250mm, a total height of 4,000mm is achieved – which allows an internal height of 2,615mm. “We evaluated the Dry Liner against similar trailers and found it to be best in terms of strength, availability and overall value for money,” said Warrens’ Fleet Manager, Steve Parker. “Furthermore, the bodywork construction is accredited with code XL, which has now become widely accepted as a quality standard for trailer bodies throughout Europe. Add that to the 10-year anticorrosion warranty and you get a trailer with excellent long-life potential and high residual value. Basically, good for us and our customers in turn.” Launched by Krone in the UK during 2015, the Dry Liner is fast becoming the default choice for operators across a number of transport sectors, owing to its build quality and load security. Krone Sales Manager Jason Chipchase explained: “The Dry Liner body construction allows a variety of cargos to be ‘form-fitted’ without the need for internal strapping. This saves turn-round time and ensures safe and secure loading. “The sidewalls retain around 40% of the load, while the steel front bulkhead, which is lined with a tough phenolic guard plate, retains 50%. For additional load security and fitted as standard, there is full length, twintrack surface-mounted load restraint. The flush-fit steel, container-type rear doors are also designed for maximum security and feature a unique security protection for the locks. All-in-all, for UK, Ireland or Europe, this is a premium trailer, designed for versatility and strength but with affordability and low-cost-ofownership in mind.” Warrens was established in 1960 and is now a leading third party UK logistics business, providing over a quarter-of-a-million square foot of dedicated and shared user warehousing and distribution throughout the UK and continental Europe. The company operates upwards of 140 tractor units and a mixed trailer fleet including curtainsiders, dry freight boxes and double-deckers. Eurteam welcomes QualitAir&Sea as new partner A unique alliance of European transport and logistics specialists for the chemical sector has significantly bolstered its market proposition with the appointment of a new partner. QualitAir&Sea International Logistics, the leading independent freight forwarder in France, has joined Eurteam, bringing in-country knowledge and client focused expertise to the alliance. Established in 1986, the company is a dynamic niche player in the pharmaceutical, oil and gas, aviation and automotive sectors with a growing reputation for managing hazardous and dangerous products. Luis Cleminson, CEO of Asta Logistik and President of Eurteam, said: “QualitAir&Sea’s reputation as a leading independent freight forwarder in France with a dedicated team and considerable industry experience made them a natural fit for Eurteam.” Eurteam is an alliance of market leading European logistics and freight forwarding companies, providing solutions on a global scale for the chemical sector. It includes Leschaco in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland, Del Corona Scardigli in Italy, Asta Logistik in Spain and Warrant Group in the UK. Eric Hennet, Managing Director of QualitAir&Sea, which employs 200 people based at 14 locations throughout France, said they were excited to join the chemical alliance to enhance their customer portfolio through Eurteam’s global coverage of chemical expertise. “Joining Eurteam is a great step forward for QualitAir&Sea. We bring detailed knowledge and widespread coverage of the French market to the collaboration. “QualitAir&Sea is located at all the major French ports and airports and with a customer-focused approach, we have invested significantly in our teams to deliver exceptional expertise and dedicated resource.” HOYER expands its services in the Far East L ogistics company HOYER is expanding its business in the Far East – the Hamburg full-service provider is taking over the logistics services in the SCIP (Shanghai Chemical Industrial Park) in Caojing (Shanghai) for Covestro, one of the world’s leading polymers manufacturers. A three-year contract with an extension option was signed at the beginning of June. The German chemicals company Covestro (formerly Bayer MaterialScience), headquartered in Leverkusen, employs 15,800 staff at around 30 locations. One of the main products made at Covestro Integrated Site Shanghai (CISS) at Caojing is MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate), an important intermediate in the manufacture of polyurethanes, which are used among other things as foams in the automobile and building industries. With around 70 employees from the Supply Chain Solutions (SCS) business line at this site, HOYER takes care of tank containers loading, fully and semi-automatic drum filling, cold storage of drums, dispatch handling of palletised and non-palletised goods, and the servicing and maintenance of the logistics installations. New office equipment, workshop equipment, a forklift truck fleet, IT and a warehouse management system will be installed for the contract. HOYER already operated as a national and international transpo rt services provider for Covestro. The two companies are now expanding their successful collaboration in the SCS area. Felix Bossmeyer, Director Supply Chain Solutions Asia Pacific at HOYER, says “We are pleased with the contract, and we hope our work for Covestro will open the door to other projects and new clients in China. We want to establish our SCS services here on a long-term basis.” The logistics company was already represented in the Far Eastern country through its Shanghai branch. When undertaking the on-site logistics in Caojing, which had previously been operated by another service provider and represents HOYER’s first SCS commitment in China, the colleagues in Shanghai were able to provide valuable support. Bossmeyer stressed that: “This help is important for a successful implementation during ongoing operations, especially with regard to the different cultures and different ways of working.” Thus the company is successfully continuing its further expansion into Asia.