Aertssen group, based in Stabroek in Belgium, has shown its willingness to take over the activities and the staff from the crane rental company Michielsens. This acquisition is part of the group growth strategy which is to maximise the strengths of both companies. In this way the group wishes to strengthen its own position in the market, as a heavy transport operator offering complete solutions and as a crane rental company for all the customer segments. « The acquisition of Michielsens is an important strategic step and underscores the healthy ambitions of our family business for growth, both in Belgium and internationally », declared Greg Aertssen, Chief Executive Officer of the company. « The idea is for Michielsens to be run as an independent business unit within Aertssen Group with retention of the current employees and its own identity and customers, which very much complement those of Aertssen ». As the firm says, « the takeover is expected to be in place by mid-February 2018, once the standard legal procedure has been completed ».