Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) has acquired a 60 percent stake in the Dutch firm Abnormal Load Services
(ALS) Holding B.V, a specialist in "out-of-gauge" cargo, including construction and agricultural machinery.
WWL said the deal will allow it "to offer an improved product to existing and new customers." ALS, based in Ittervoort, the Netherlands, has subsidiaries in several locations including Hull, Engand, and will become an integrated part of the WWL product offering, adopting the name Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics Abnormal Load Services.
Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) today are "forced to look at the supply chain in a fragmented fashion due to a lack of integrated service providers," said Erik Noeklebye, WWL's head of the European region. "Ocean transport, land transport, technical services, plant handling, etc., are often contracted separately, forcing the OEM to involve a lot of resources to manage a fragmented supply chain, driving costs up and quality down.
"Through WWL ALS, we will be able to offer these customers seamless finished vehicle logistics solutions with one customer interface and a global
presence,” he said.