Kuehne + Nagel acquires Asian logistics provider

Transport and logistics company, Kuehne + Nagel has agreed to acquire Apex International Corporation.

Founded in China in 2001, Apex has since expanded, becoming one of Asia’s leading freight forwarders.

With approximately 1,600 employees, Apex generates yearly turnover in excess of CHF 2.1 billion. In 2020, the company handled total air freight volume of approximately 750,000 tons and sea freight volume of 190,000 TEU.

“The combination of Apex and Kuehne + Nagel provides us with an opportunity to offer our customers a compelling proposition in the competitive Asian logistics industry, especially in e-commerce fulfilment, hi-tech and e-mobility,” said Kuehne + Nagel International AG CEO, Dr. Detlef Trefzger. “We are looking forward to welcoming the Apex colleagues to the Kuehne+Nagel family.”

Tony Song, Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of Apex, said: “With Kuehne+Nagel, we have found a strategic shareholder and logistics group with more than 130 years of heritage. We are sure that with this transaction, we will be able to add value for our customers’ supply chains and expand our global logistics network. We will complement Kuehne + Nagel’s existing global Air Logistics team while offering our management and key talents unique career opportunities”.

Dr Joerg Wolle, Chairman of the Board of Directors Kuehne + Nagel International AG, said: “In the past years, Kuehne + Nagel strategically and with great efforts expanded and developed its business in Asia Pacific. Today we are one of the leading players and are further accelerating our growth and impact in this region. Asia Pacific has consistently proven to be one of the most important drivers of global trade. The acquisition of Apex is a further important cornerstone in our strategy and significant fulfilment of the Group’s Asia Pacific ambition”.

The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, including merger clearance by the competent competition authorities. The purchase price will be financed by available liquid sources and, if needed, by available credit lines. Following closing of the transaction, a minor stake of Apex shares is to remain with the experienced and entrepreneurial management of Apex. Furthermore, the company will then continue to operate separately within the Kuehne + Nagel Group.

Both parties have agreed to not disclose any further transaction details at this time.

In recent news, Kuehne + Nagel formed a strategic partnership with a Chinese pharma specialist.