- This announcement comes just days after the European Commissions approved the joint-venture of the two automotive logistic giants.
- The new company, BERGE GEFCO, will offer more than 3 million m2 of space for storing up to 120,000 vehicles, along with a fleet of 700 trucks, 100 railcar wagons and 40,000 m2 of workshop space.
BERGE GEFCO SL, the new company owned 50-50 by the two partners, has now received full regulatory approval to unite their forces on the Spanish market to enhance client offers and develop new services. After ratifying the agreement between both groups, the company will be operational from 2nd January2019 and become a dynamic market leader in the Spanish finished-vehicle logistics market.
In combining their skills, experience and resources, BERGE GEFCO will significantly increase transport and warehousing capacities for customers. This will reinforce client value propositions for the Spanish market, already one of the world’s largest, with more than 3 million vehicles produced annually. Customers will benefit from 3.4 million m2 of storage space in warehouses and ports for housing 120,000 vehicles, with a fleet of more than 700 trucks and 100 railcar wagons to meet all their transport needs.
“This joint-venture will reinforce our leadership on the automotive logistics market,” commented Luc Nadal, CEO of GEFCO. “The new company will be well positioned to anticipate market needs in a highly dynamic context, and develop innovative solutions tailored to the needs of our customers, partners and employees.”
Jaime Gorbeña, President of BERGÉ y COMPAÑÍA stated, “We are very satisfied to have received a green light to start our operations and sign this alliance with GEFCO. We are convinced that it will not only reinforce our leadership in the Spanish finished-vehicle logistics market but also stimulate growth in the sector with innovative services based on the shared expertise of both companies.”
New services designed to meet evolving market needs
BERGE GEFCO will offer a vast portfolio of logistics solutions to current customers of the two partner companies, enabling them better manage seasonal peaks in activity and benefit from dedicated resources. To meet increasing demand for speed and quality, the new company will place a strong focus on innovation to develop solutions closely matched to operational needs.
The new company will cover all logistics needs forboth, new and second-hand vehicles. In fact, in the second-hand vehicles’ segment, it will be the only provider capable of managing all logistics and commercial services with its own resources. Its solutions for vehicle manufacturers, leasing companies and resellers will include transport, warehousing, technical services, inspections, refurbishments, delivery, trading, sales management (online/auctions/exports), administration and fleet management.
BERGÉ is the leading multimodal logistics operator in Spain. It has an extensive structure specialized in integral vehicles’ logistics, port operations, value-added logistics and process outsourcing and shipping. With more than 3 million logistics’ services per year, it operates more than one million vehicles in its port terminals. It has warehouses with a high storage capacity of more than 2 million m2 and multimodal connection (train, ship and truck), warehouses for delivery preparations, assembly of accessories, customizations and transformations, repairs of bodywork and paint or any other technical services. It is part of BERGÉ y COMPAÑÍA, a company founded in Bilbao in 1870 and present in the maritime-port, vehicle distribution and logistics sectors in 9 countries with around 4,500 employees.
At GEFCO, we believe long-lasting cooperation with partners is the key to shared growth. Building on 69 years of expertise, we design and deploy smart and flexible supply chain solutions in 10+ industrial sectors. Today, GEFCO Group is the European leader in automotive logistics and a top 10 global partner in multimodal supply chain solutions. The Group is present in 47 countries, with more than 300 destinations in its current network and 13,000 employees globally. GEFCO Group reported a turnover of €4.4 billion in 2017.