Hellmann acquires overnight express specialist

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics is expanding its overnight express capabilities in Europe.

As part of its expansion strategy, Hellmann is acquiring Czech and Slovakian-based business, OptimNet Solutions.

The shareholder Ondřej Zíta remains Managing Director and will seamlessly carry on the operational business together with Wilfried Hesselmann (Head of CEP Europe, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics) to continue business relationships with all customers as usual.

OptimNet, the overnight express specialist founded in 2016 in Prague, has developed very successfully in recent years, both in the Czech Republic and, since 2018, in Slovakia. Hellmann has already tapped into the Hungarian and Romanian markets with the acquisition of Innight last year. With the latest takeover of OptimNet, Hellmann will further expand its overnight express services, particularly for the agricultural and automotive sectors, and will thus meet the steadily growing demand for a smooth and fast supply of spare parts in this strategically important core customer segment.

“With the expansion of our overnight express service in Eastern Europe, we are taking another consistent step in our growth strategy, which we initiated at the beginning of last year and have successfully developed in the meantime,” said Hellmann Worldwide Logistics Chief Operating Officer Road & Rail, Jörg Herwig.

Wilfried Hesselmann, Head of CEP Europe, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, is pleased the business is bringing all 37 OptimNet employees into the fold.

“On the one hand, this will secure jobs, and, on the other hand, we will be able to smoothly build on the business relationships that have already been successfully established in the Czech Republic and Slovakia in recent years, to continue growing here and beyond Eastern Europe,” said Hesselmann.

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics Managing Director CEP CZ/SVK, Ondřej Zíta, said: “As a new member of the Hellmann family, I look forward to working with our new colleagues to further develop the Eastern European market and drive expansion into new industries.”

In other news, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics closed 2021 as the most successful financial year in its 150-year history.