Dachser now acquires Azkar
Dachser has integrated its Iberian subsidiary Azkar Group into its European road network. The overland transport organisations will operate under the names of Dachser Spain and Dachser Portugal in the future. This was announced by Bernhard Simon, CEO, Michael Schilling, COO - Road Logistics and Juan Antonio Quintana, Managing Director, European Logistics Iberia, at the recently held Transport Logistic trade fair in Munich. This rebranding is the culmination of an integration process that began in January 2013, with Dachser’s acquisition of Azkar. The companies had already been cooperating since 2007, and one year later Dachser purchased a stake of 10 per cent in its then partner for Spain. Simon explains, “On this basis, we were able to advance quickly and smoothly with the integration. Simultaneously, we have achieved profitable growth on the Iberian Peninsula every year since the takeover.” Since the acquisition, Dachser has closely integrated its organisations in Spain and Portugal into its European groupage network. The 70-daily import and export lines that existed in 2013 have increased to 130 today, while the number of shipments from and to Europe grew by 40 per cent over the same period. Schilling emphasises the advantages of a standardised European groupage network. “In addition to integrated IT systems, standardised processes, workflows, and network rules are the foundations for reliability, safety, and quality,” he said.