Oslo, Norway and Ittervoort, Netherlands; October 8, 2012 – Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, the global provider of outbound logistics solutions, joins forces with Abnormal Load Services Holding B.V, the specialist in out of gauge transport and supply chain solutions, through the acquisition of a 60% stake in the company.
With this investment in Abnormal Load Services Holding B.V (ALS), Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) will be able to offer an improved product to existing and new customers. ALS will become an integrated part of the WWL product offering, adopting the name Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics Abnormal Load Services (WWL ALS).
High and heavy rolling equipment: Closing the network gap
The creation of WWL ALS closes an important network gap in terms of offering high-quality, consistent and competitive transport and distribution solutions for high and heavy wheeled and tracked equipment such as agricultural and construction machinery.
Erik Noeklebye, WWL Head of Region Europe, elaborates: "Today OEM’s are forced to look at the supply chain in a fragmented fashion due to a lack of integrated service providers. 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."
Abnormal load, breakbulk and special projects: Integrated multi-modal solutions
Specialising in global out of gauge supply chain solutions, ALS’ competence complements the global network, advanced equipment and tailor-made vessels of WWL.
The combined WWL ALS possesses a strong knowledge of the global heavy lift market, and will be able to offer technical and supply chain expertise, a unique worldwide network of suppliers and agents, as well as land and ocean transport resources to customers across a broad range of industry sectors.
ALS’ CEO René Van De Vin believes the prospects for the company are excellent.
"This opportunity makes perfect sense as both companies serve a global client base. By combining our skills and resources we will open up further opportunities for WWL and ALS’ customers, prospective clients, suppliers and employees."