Ecotrans from Vorden and transport company Nijhof-Wassink have expressed their intention to merge their activities. All activities, branches and employees of Ecotrans will soon be incorporated and welcomed into the Nijhof-Wassink Group. The proposed acquisition is subject, among other things, to the approval of the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM).
“Nijhof-Wassink and Ecotrans are both specialists in the transport of feed and additives for the animal feed industry. We operate in a competitive market where quality, reliability and flexibility of transport is crucial. Nijhof-Wassink has a good position in this market. The acquisition of Ecotrans will enable us to serve the market even better. We invest substantially in new technologies and make every effort to ensure a good, pleasant and safe working environment for our drivers and planners. This is the primary condition to ensure we are the best possible partner for our clients. Merging the resources of both companies will create interesting synergy for our clients. It will considerably boost the number of specialists in our company, for example. New colleagues who already understand the language of our clients and their final customers. The DNA and focus of Ecotrans on quality perfectly fit with the DNA of our company. With more than 200 new colleagues and an additional 110 truck trailer combinations, we can offer our clients even greater flexibility. Nijhof-Wassink is a specialist in the transport of bulk goods for the chemical and animal feed industry with 1,300 employees in five countries," said Erik Schiphorst, CEO Nijhof-Wassink Group.
“The Feed Logistics division supplies 5,000 farmers across Europe every week. With the acquisition of Ecotrans, we can now also distribute bagged and break bulk goods in addition to bulk supplies to customers. This total concept will take even more pressure off our clients and expand our full-service provision," adds Martin Schoemaker, Managing Director Feed Logistics at Nijhof-Wassink.
“At Ecotrans, we examined the current market circumstances and various scenarios to identify how we could remain a healthy business in the future. An acquisition was one of the options, whereby decisive and crucial factors were the future, security and care of our employees. During discussions with Nijhof-Wassink we felt a special connection, and the right feeling. Despite it being a company with 1,300 employees, it is a tight knit family business with a strong focus on its people. In this new structure we will become a division of the Nijhof-Wassink Group, under the name Ecotrans. We will mainly utilise the time ahead to inform all our people about the new situation and ensure that everyone soon feels at home in the Nijhof-Wassink organisation. When the transfer period is complete, I will be leaving the company, but apart from that little will change. The company and locations will stay, and Ecotrans will still be displayed on the trucks and trailers," says Roel den Hollander, General Manager and owner of Ecotrans.
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