Kuehne + Nagel takes over Drude Logistik in Bad Hersfeld

Company headquarters of Drude Logistik will play a major role in Kuehne + Nagel’s European groupage network as of mid 2012:

Taking over a company in Germany, Kuehne + Nagel follows its strategy to further expand its European groupage network. In a press release the enterprise announces the signing of an agreement to acquire the logistics company Carl Drude GmbH & Co. KG, located in Hauneck/Bad Hersfeld in Hesse. The transaction is subject to approval of the antitrust authorities. Kuehne + Nagel and Drude have been maintaining a longstanding partnership in overland transport.

This transaction is in line with the further expansion of the international overland transport business and to establish a Eurohub. As of mid 2012, Kuehne + Nagel will operate daily lines to 50 European economic centres via this central platform.

The core business of Drude Logistik, founded in Bad Hersfeld in 1894, is hub operations for international groupage networks. To this end the company operates a logistics centre in Hauneck, which accomodates a 7,200 m² transshipment terminal with 105 loading bays. 150 employees organise cargo throughput at the central hub. In addition, the company has around 11,500 m² warehouse space under its management.

“Through the acquisition of Drude Logistik we get access to a highly capable hub operation for our international groupage activities. Drude Logistik fully meets our requirements regarding expertise, geographical position and infrastructure”, said Dirk Reich, Executive Vice President, Kuehne + Nagel International AG, responsible for Road & Rail Logistics. “Acting as our new Eurohub, it enables us to increase the number of departures, reduce lead times and achieve a better capacity utilisation due to a consistent consolidation and overnight transshipment operations.“

Currently, Kuehne + Nagel’s European groupage network has established line services between 38 countries across Europe, routed via its central hub in Haiger. Due to capacity constraints, this location does not allow any further expansion of international groupage activities.

In Germany, Kuehne + Nagel will continue to partner with the German groupage network IDS, covering 11 of its franchise areas. The national IDS hub is located in Neuenstein-Aua.

Quelle: LogEastics
Portal: www.logistik-express.com

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