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Dachser buys out Ireland’s Johnston Logistics

[ April 25, 2017   //   ]

Germany-owned logistics and forwarding company Dachser has become a majority shareholder of its partner in Ireland, Johnston Logistics. Founded by brothers Albert and Ivan Johnston in 1979, the company has become one of the key players in Ireland, specialising in dangerous goods and warehousing services from three locations at Rathcoole near Dublin, Cork, and Limerick. It also has a presence in England through three hazardous chemicals partner specialists. The company employs 150  and generated €24 million of revenue in 2016.

Since it entered into partnership with Dachser in 2007, family-owned Johnston Logistics benefitted from daily departures to Dachser’s European overland network. Dachser organizes Ireland shipments at its branch offices in Cologne, Germany and Zevenaar, the Netherlands. There are also daily connections between Ireland and the UK.

Albert Johnston will remain a shareholder and managing director of Dachser’s new subsidiary in Ireland.

Chief operating officer of road logistics at Dachser, Michael Schilling, said: “In Johnston Logistics, we’ve acquired a well-established family company that we’ve worked with and trusted for a long time, and we see this investment as an exciting opportunity to further enhance our all-important European network.”

Managing director of European logistics for North-Central Europe, Wolfgang Reinel, Dachser, added: “Ireland’s tremendous economic growth makes it a key logistics region. This purchase allows us to offer our customers the entire range of high-quality services that Dachser is renowned for.”

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