Shipping and logistics group DFDS will acquire all the shares in logistics company Alphatrans Group BV. This is the result of an agreement signed today with Martin Bos, owner of Alphatrans.

Alphatrans is a Netherlands-based company specialised 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 company has offices in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, the UK and Ireland and furthermore in Hungary, Romania and Portugal where DFDS is not represented.

“Alphatrans is a perfect match for DFDS. It is a very well operated company with a good customer base and a strong and good reputation. It will reinforce our special transport business and enable us to offer our customers transport to and from new countries. This is in line with DFDS’ strategy of extending our network through growth and acquisitions,” says Eddie Green, Executive Vice President and Head of DFDS’ Logistics Division.

“In addition to this, 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. And with Alphatrans’ transport operations to and from the UK, we will be able to further develop our network in the UK-Continent trade to the benefit of our customers,” says Eddie Green.

“I am very pleased that Martin Bos has agreed to continue managing the business and I am looking forward to getting to know and welcoming our many new colleagues to DFDS and to develop Alphatrans’ and DFDS’ offers and services into an even more customer-focused efficient network covering nearly 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,” says Eddie Green.

The DFDS Group employs about 7,000 people delivering shipping and logistics services in all of Europe and has an annual turnover of nearly EUR 2 billion.