Contargo acquires Wincanton’s container activities
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Container logistics network Contargo secures more capacity – Rhinecontainer continues operating as an independent brand
With effect from 3 January 2012 Contargo has taken over six terminals of Wincanton and acquired interests in three more locations. "These sites are now integrated into Contargo’s trimodal container network, although the legal transfer may be delayed due to technical reasons," the company announces. After completing the transaction Contargo has a total of 25 container terminals in Germany, the Netherlands, France and Switzerland and employs about 800 people.
"Through these acquisitions we are gaining way more capacity and frequency," says Henry Kerstgens, Co-CEO of Contargo. "Our container logistics becomes even more flexible and we can offer our customers more space at the terminals, more cargo hold and additional departures by ship, rail and truck."
Contargo joins the new locations in Mainz and Frankfurt-Ost, and the Contargo terminal Koblenz as Contargo Rhine-Main. The Contargo Terminal Ludwigshafen is joined with the Mannheim terminal into Contargo Rhein-Neckar. The Contargo terminal Worth and the former Wincanton terminal in Karlsruhe are to find a bundling into Contargo Worth-Karlsruhe. In addition, the company integrates three container terminals in the existing network – they operate under Contargo Neuss, Weil am Rhein, and Worms.
In Zwijndrecht near Rotterdam the Rhinecontainer BV remains an independent brand. In Ridderkerk near Rotterdam Contargo Network Services strengthens the Contargo Network Trucking BV and thus receives more capacity for container truck traffic (direct-truck).
Due to the acquisition, the Contargo GmbH & Co. KG, expanded its management by 10 February 2012: in addition to Thomas Löffler and Heinrich Kerstgens now also Konrad Fischer is responsible for the company. Trained as a forwarding merchant, he held a senior position at Wincanton since 1987. Most recently he was responsible for the intermodal activities of Wincanton in Mannheim.