ALS Acquired by Wallenius Wilhelmsen
Wallenius Wilhelmsen has taken an important next step towards becoming a true “One-stop-shop” for customers by further strengthening its end-to-end logistics offerings in the asset-light segment. ALS is well known for delivering innovative logistics solutions for oversized, exceptional, and heavy lift cargo including transportation, port handling, storage and customs. After acquiring 60 per cent of ALS back in 2012, Wallenius Wilhelmsen is now building a strong asset-light capability with the full acquisition of ALS, to expand and complement its asset based services and offer full door-to-door solutions for their customers.
Michael Hynekamp, COO Logistics at Wallenius Wilhelmsen, “This decision is well founded. We have been in a partnership with ALS for ten years already,”.
“During the past decade, we have seen firsthand how ALS delivers premium services to customers. We have a good understanding of how we can operate together “as one” and realize synergies. We see great benefits not only for our customers, but also for employees and both our businesses,” says Hynekamp who underlines that this acquisition is an important step in the Wallenius Wilhelmsen’s long-term strategy of becoming a true global end-to-end logistics service provider.
ALS will continue to operate under a separate brand under the Wallenius Wilhelmsen group umbrella and will be responsible for delivering asset-light services for customers in the EMEA region. In addition, ALS will continue to serve and expand its current customer base with asset-light only services. The acquisition does not have an impact on ALS’s current customers and suppliers, but down the road the goal is to offer customers new opportunities through a closer partnership with Wallenius Wilhelmsen.
René Van De Vin, who continue to run the ALS operations as managing director, said, “We will continue to focus on a combination of contracted business and spot requests in terms of our sales approach. By joining forces, we will capitalize both on the decades of experience with specialized abnormal cargo logistics and the global reach and network of Wallenius Wilhelmsen. The key is to optimize the customers’ experience across breakbulk, high and heavy and the auto cargo segments and enhance joint product delivery across the supply chain.”
Source Wallenius Wilhelmsen