Source: Ekol Logistics, 2019-11-25
Ekol and UBV have decided to take another step forward to strengthen their market position in Europe and have signed a long-term exclusive cooperation agreement. UBV is a large international groupage transportation company and the Italian market leader in international groupage business, with a turnover of over €130m. Ekol is a 3PL company that specialises not only in comprehensive logistics services but also in intermodal transport.
"Both companies are similar, for example both are family – owned and want to create a long-term future for their employees and customers. Also for Ekol customers, we have to take into consideration the fact that UBV has branches in key industrial areas which will help us achieve a better efficiency in our depot development, especially in the last mile to our customers. The local knowledge and the region based presence of UBV in every key industrial area of Italy combined with Ekol’s international 4.0 logistics in technology and tailor-made solutions will help the Italian market make strategic evolutions, similar to those Ekol managed to achieve in other key countries in Europe." says Ahmet Musul, Chairman of EKOL.
Ekol will keep retain its presence in Italy with newly set-up Ekol freight services – assisting UBV in their sales development for Ekol countries and keeping an operational setup within UBV’s offices, promoting operational excellence. Both companies have agreed on a growth plan, and plan to increase the current number 150 000 orders per year to 300 000 orders per year in 3 years’ time. The plan is also to offer 96 hours’ service between Turkey and Italy.
"I am particularly proud of this joint venture, not only for business as many people could imagine, but above all from a human point of view. I have met with Ekol team and especially in the Ekol property, rare quality found in multinational companies. By combining our organizations, we have become the Leader company in Italy for the European shipments by land arriving in just over 10 years to offer to the Italian market a service with daily departures to 67 European destination added to the technological know-how of Ekol 4.0, to the long term experience of our staff and to the excellences of Ekol Turkey."