UK-based logistics company, Culina Group, acquired a European transport business earlier this month.
International Road Ferry is, according to Culina Group, a major player in the transport market with offices in Rotterdam, Grubbenvorst (Venlo), Felixstowe and Thetford and specialises in full and partial load transportation between Great Britain, the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland.
“International Road Ferry and Culina Group are complementary businesses, both are strong organisations with well-earned reputations in the industry and hold similar values,” said Culina Group CEO, Thomas van Mourik.
“This is a great fit which is going to be beneficial for both our staff and for our clients, whilst making Culina Group a key player in European transport.
“It goes without saying that we are acquiring some excellent people, contracts and facilities. This move significantly expands our European network and will enable us to benefit from synergies and efficiencies that will improve our service offer to customers even further.”
Going forward it will be business as usual for International Road Ferry which will sit within Culina Group’s Stobart Intermodal operation headed up by Arthur Koutstaal as Managing Director.
Raff Hustinx, Stobart Europe Managing Director, will be assisting with finance and reporting.
“Culina Group recognises that it is investing in a highly successful business with its own great spirit,” said International Road Ferry CEO, Antoine Ligtvoet.
“Our aim is to now support our growth trajectory with the added infrastructure and resources of the overall Culina Group. The combining of our two businesses will create major opportunities for significantly growing market share.
Earlier that year, the fleet received an order of 127 new trailers from Schmitz Cargobull.