Alphatrans acquisition will extend DFDS’s reach

Shipping and logistics group DFDS will acquire all the shares in Dutch logistics company Alphatrans Group BV following the signing of an agreement signed with Martin Bos, owner of Alphatrans.

The deal, which is subject to approval by competition authorities in Germany, will add new countries to the DFDS network, expertise in special transports and create synergies within the Group.

Alphatrans specialises in the transport of long, wide, high and heavy loads. With 197 employees and a fleet of 720 trailers and 125 trucks, it is one of the largest flatbed trailer operators serving mainland Europe, the UK and Ireland.

The Netherlands-based company has offices in the UK (including at Killingholme on the Humber) Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Ireland as well as in Hungary, Romania and Portugal where DFDS has not previously been represented.

"Alphatrans is a very well operated company with a good customer base and a strong and good reputation and is a perfect match for DFDS. The deal reinforces DFDS's specialist transport business and enables us to offer customers transport to and from new countries, which is in line with DFDS strategy of extending our network through growth and acquisitions," said Eddie Green, Executive Vice President and Head of DFDS’ Logistics Division.

"In addition, it will provide us with further exciting opportunities for growing our customer services and offering through-market synergies in the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe. With Alphatrans’ transport operations to and from the UK, we will be able to further develop our network in the UK-Continent trade to benefit customers.

"I am very pleased Martin Bos has agreed to continue managing the business and look forward to getting to know and welcoming our many new colleagues to DFDS and to developing Alphatrans’ and DFDS’ offers and services into an even more customer-focused efficient network covering almost all of Europe. I am confident that we will get the most out of the combined skills and experiences which the two companies can offer for the benefit of DFDS and our customers."