CEVA Logistics has created a dedicated Finished Vehicle Logistics (FVL) organisation as part of its integration of automotive logistics specialist, GEFCO.
This follows the CMA CGM Group’s purchase of the French automotive logistics specialist in July 2022.
CEVA Logistics offers a full range of global logistics and supply chain services, including contract logistics and air, ocean, ground and finished vehicle transport.
With the acquisition and integration of GEFCO, CEVA is reported to be the largest France-based logistics company and a global leader in automotive logistics solutions.
GEFCO’s remaining business, mostly in contract logistics and ground transportation, is being integrated into CEVA’s existing operations. CEVA plans to finish integration activities and replace the GEFCO brand worldwide in 2023.
The new product organisation will be under the direction of former GEFCO COO, Emmanuel Cheremetinski. As the global product leader for finished vehicle logistics, Cheremetinski will lead a global team of approximately 4,000 employees.
GEFCO traces its roots back to 1949, when it was created by French automaker Peugeot.
GEFCO’s former FVL division transported approximately four million vehicles a year using its fleet of 1,600 trucks, nearly 3,000 vehicle transport wagons and more than 100 vehicle compounds.
CEVA’s existing FVL solutions in limited geographies have been integrated into the new product organisation.
Prior to the GEFCO acquisition, CEVA already supported 14 of the top 15 global automotive manufacturers and many global automotive parts suppliers with logistics solutions, including inbound to manufacturing, component and aftermarket services. With the addition of full vehicle distribution and transport, CEVA can offer full lifecycle solutions to the global automotive industry.
“Our promise of Responsive Logistics requires high levels of industry know-how, so we are growing in both scale and expertise to co-create value with our customers,” said CEVA Logistics CEO, Mathieu Friedberg.
“With our new CEVA colleagues who came from GEFCO, we are able to offer extensive global capabilities to a wide range of industries, including the automotive industry.
“Backed by the CMA CGM Group, we expect our growth to continue as we target becoming a top three global 3PL.”
Guillaume Col, Deputy CEO, Regions and Products, CEVA Logistics, said: “With the automotive industry undergoing significant transformation, integrating a mature finished vehicle organisation puts CEVA in a very strong position. With a unique depth of expertise and solutions at all stages of the automotive supply chain, we are already developing comprehensive, end-to-end solutions for this sector.”