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Van den Bosch acquires Swedish Willis Larsson Transport AB

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Van den Bosch is strengthening its position in Northern Europe by taking over the Swedish transport company Willis Larsson Transport AB. This acquisition results in a further expansion of the logistic activities in the dry bulk segment.

Willis Larsson Transport AB was founded in Lidköping, Sweden, in 1961 and has acquired a strong position in the intermodal transport of dry bulk goods. With its own modern fleet of trucks and 40FT pressurised containers, Willis Larsson serves Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Poland, Benelux, Germany, Austria and the UK. The acquisition will result in a further growth of the dry bulk division of Van den Bosch, which will grow into more than 1400 modern silo trailers and silo containers.

Rico Daandels, CEO of Van den Bosch, said: “The acquisition of Willis Larsson represents the next step in the company’s international growth strategy. As a logistics coordinator, Van den Bosch wants to become a European top player in bulk logistics. With the use of data and the right equipment, the company can provide intermodal solutions for its customers – both in the field of dry and liquid bulk transport for the food and chemical industry. By taking over Willis Larsson, the company’s logistic network in the Nordics will be strengthened, as well as its position in the transport with pressurised containers field.”

Sverker Larsson, CEO of Willis Larsson Transport, added: “Joining Van den Bosch connects the company with the extensive European transport network, and provides access to the knowledge and experience of modern data systems. The company has noticed that digital solutions have become increasingly important for its clients. The strong reputation of Van den Bosch ensures that Willis Larsson can continue to be a high quality partner in the future, both to its employees and its customers. Moreover, Van den Bosch will also bring its knowledge in the field of liquid bulk transport to the Nordics, which will result in a further extension of current activities.”

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