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DFDS to buy Dutch special transport specialist

[ November 14, 2017   //   ]

DFDS has acquired Netherlands logistics company Alphatrans. The Danish-owned shipping and logistics company said it would add new countries to its network along with its expertise in special transport.

DFDS will acquire all the shares in the Dutch Group following an agreement signed with owner, Martin Bos, who will continue to manage the business.

Alphatrans specialises in the transport of long, wide, high and heavy loads and has 197 employees and a fleet of 720 trailers and 125 trucks. It is also one of the largest flatbed trailer operators serving mainland Europe, the UK and Ireland, with offices in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, the UK and Ireland and furthermore in Hungary, Romania and Portugal where DFDS is not represented.

Executive vice president and head of DFDS’ logistics division, Eddie Green, said: “Alphatrans is a perfect match for DFDS. It is a very well operated company with a good customer base and a strong and good reputation. It will reinforce our special transport business and enable us to offer our customers transport to and from new countries. This is in line with DFDS’ strategy of extending our network through growth and acquisitions.”

He added that it would also provide will opportunities for “market synergies in the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe. And with Alphatrans’ transport operations to and from the UK, we will be able to further develop our network in the UK-Continent trade to the benefit of our customers.”

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