DFDS acquires Dutch logistics company Alphatrans

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.




We are exhibiting at London Build 2017

This week sees us at London Olympia for the yearly London Build exhibition. Along with hundreds of exhibitors, speakers and workshops Alphatrans will be on stand B73, so why not stop by and speak to one of the team about how we can help you with all your construction movement’s needs.


Alphatrans chooses MAX yet again

Alphatrans expands the fleet by once again choosing for the quality of the MAX trailer from Importer
Hertoghs Carrosserieën. This time Alphatrans has placed the order for the extendable MAX100 semi low loader!

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Job as truck driver for Alphatrans NL?

Job opening for Truck Driver in the Netherlands

Do you have the C/CE and Code 95 drivers’ license?
Do you have any international experience as a truck driver?
Are you prepared to spend several weekend per year, away from home?
Do you have any experience concerning exceptional transport or are you willing to learn?

If this appeals to you, come join our amazing company and send your CV to mschotsman@alphatrans.eu


4 Portakabins for youth complex Sparta Rotterdam

This week, Alphatrans was in charge of delivering 4 Portakabins to the youth complex of Dutch football team Sparta in Rotterdam. The need for these Portakabins is the upcoming European Championship of Women’s Football.

2 of the Portakabins are 14 meters long and 4 meters wide, and the other 2 are 18 meters long and 4 meters wide, which makes this collection a very interesting transport to pass through the streets of Rotterdam! Considering that the drivers of Alphatrans had to take extreme caution when driving towards the end destination, past several football fields, they had done an excellent job! Now these Portakabins will serve their purpose as medical post, office or study-area surrounding the current complex.

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Job opening in the Netherlands

Our Alphatrans b.v. office in Botlek-Rotterdam in the Netherlands is looking for job applicants for a back-office job opening.

This concerns a full time position in the Netherlands.
For more information (only in Dutch) please check out the following job offer:

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Rating of 4 stars for Alphatrans by ECOSTARS

Alphatrans BV is proud to announce that it has recently received a rating of 4 stars in the ECOSTARS programme.


The European Union launched the ECOSTARS programme in 2009. Seven European cities and regions took part in the programme. Besides Rotterdam, these included South Yorkshire (England), Cantabria (Spain) and Parma (Italy). This project is now being continued with the support of the city of Rotterdam. It is a programme for all national and international freight and passenger carriers in the Netherlands. Whether they are in the public sector or small independent carriers. Freight transport includes vans and trucks, while passenger transport includes buses, touring cars and minibuses.

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6 new trailers from Hertoghs

To expand the fleet, Alphatrans has purchased 6 trailers. All 6 of them the semi-trailer type.

Yesterday the order was placed for the construction of 5 trailers, 4-axle sliding semi-low loaders with two steered axles and a bed height of 76 cm. read more

32 Pacton flatbeds for Alphatrans

Source: Transport Online

Pacton will be delivering an order of 32 flatbeds to Alphatrans within the next few weeks. Pacton is very excited that this year Alphatrans has decided to choose Pacton flatbeds from Ommen, the Netherlands, yet again.  read more

5 Special Faymonville Inner Loaders for Alphatrans

Alphatrans is working on expanding its fleet by purchasing 5 brand new Faymonville inner loaders from the company Hertoghs Carrosserieën.  read more