Vinci Airports completed the acquisition of a majority shareholding (50.01%) in London Gatwick airport, UK’s second-largest airport serving 50 capital cities around the world. With this transaction, Vinci Airports becomes the world’s second-largest airport operator with over 240 million passengers a year including 46 million at London Gatwick. The airport division of Vinci now operates a network with 46 airports in 12 countries.
Nicolas Notebaert, CEO of Vinci Concessions and President of Vinci Airports, said: “London Gatwick’s integration into the Vinci Airports network is an excellent outcome for both organisations. Our synergies will lead to further tangible benefits for employees, passengers and airlines. The consolidation of a world-wide, industrial leader is also a positive step for the future of air transport. As a leader, Vinci Airports will help the sector to improve through its resalent sustainable, innovative and customer-friendly airport network.”
The French shipping company CMA CGM has announced the completion of the tender offer to acquire the Dutch company CEVA Logistics, holding 97.89% of its outstanding shares. CMA CGM now has the capacity to supply all its customers around the world with a solution covering the entire supply chain, in particular LCL, airfreight, purchase order management, contract logistics and different customs clearance procedures.
“This successful transaction marks a major milestone in the history step of CMA CGM’s growth. With CEVA, CMA CGM has confirmed its position as a leading worldwide maritime transport and logistics group, supported by a team of 110,000 employees. We can now offer our customers a complete range of solutions that meet all their needs and set us apart from the competition, “ said Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and CEO of the CMA CGM Group.
The Engie Group, active in the energy sector, has acquired all shares of Cofely BESIX Facility Management (CBFM), a leading provider of customer solutions and energy services in the Middle East. With nearly 2,000 employees in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Oman, the CBFM, created in 2008 through a partnership between Engie and the Belgian construction group Besix, is working on several emblematic sites such as Dubai Mall, Abu Dhabi’s Zayed University and the Quatar Foundation. “This move is strategic to Engie in the Middle East, because it provides direct access to the clients’ needs. It integrates into our portfolio a technical services team with a strong local reputation and provides a robust platform for future development in the region,” said Paulo Almirante, Engie’s Executive Vice-President and Group CEO.
In order to confirm this takeover, Cofely BESIX Facility Management changes its name to Engie Cofely.
Hegmann Transit GmbH & Co. KG based in Germany, partner of the Bigmove group, has recently added various Nooteboom EURO-PX low-loaders and Manoovr semi low-loaders to its fleet. The investment consists of various vehicles, including several 4-axle EURO-PX low-loaders with 2-axle Interdolly, type EURO-95-24ICP and 5-axle Manoovr extendible semi low-loaders, type MPL-85-05(V) with excavator trough and 80-tonne ramps that allows Hegmann to transport most of the heavy construction machinery. Due to their shorter combination length the Manoovr semi loaders also offer advantages in terms of exemptions, manoeuvrability and transport efficiency.
Trailer manufacturer Faymonville Group, headquartered in Luxembourg, has just acquired the commercial vehicle dealer Stürzer Heavy Trucks with effect from 2 January, 2019. According to the constructor, this acquisition represents an expansion of the group’s activities in South Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The newly created Faymonville Trade & Services in Landsberg am Lech will be responsible for the sale of Faymonville, MAX Trailer and Cometto brands as well as heavy-duty tractor units from various manufacturers and different tipper models for the construction sector. All maintenance and repair services will be offered on the 2500 m2 of the Landsberg am Lech site in Bavaria. A range of used vehicles will also be offered.
The French manufacturer of material lifting equipment Haulotte announced the acquisition of all shares of the Turkish distributor Acarlar Makine. This company, created in 2003 and located in Istanbul, has 34 employees in four agencies, throughout the country. “This acquisition is in line with the participation taken in 2014 in a market that has now confirmed its potential of growth. Despite recent variations of the Turkish lira, we believe that the long-term perspectives in Turkey remain attractive for Haulotte Group,” stated Alexandre Saubot, Deputy CEO of Haulotte Group.
The Australian sales and service company of the Liebherr Group has announced the acquisition of the business activities, including all the employees and locations of Morrow Equipment in Sydney, Brisbane and Wellington on the 1st of January 2019. Liebherr will continue to support all existing contracts and customer relations as well as all Morrow employees can become part of the Liebherr team. Thomas Schröder and Craig Jones, the new managers of the tower cranes division at Liebherr-Australia, have declared their impatience to consolidate and develop the brand’s activity in the region. They will benefit from the know-how of the staff and the rental fleet of about 100 tower cranes and 40 hoists.
P&L Machine Moving and Rigging, based in South Africa, has recently added a new 6-axle MultiMAX semi-trailer from Faymonville to its fleet. The fully steerable trailer on hydraulic suspensions is equipped with timber floor, outriggers and hydraulic double ramps, which reduce the drive-on angle for any type of machinery. Thanks to its extendedly loading deck, the MultiMAX semi-trailer will be used for P&L’s abnormal transport and rigging activity.
“We are looking forward to putting this trailer to work and excited to keep building a strong partnership with Faymonville,” said Gareth Lucas from P&L Machine Moving and Rigging.
The Spanish rental company Grues Aguilar, based in Madrid, announced the acquisition of seven new mobile and crawler cranes. The purchase includes one LTC 1050-3.1 compact crane, one LTR 1100-2.1 rough-terrain crane, two LTM 1130-5.1 mobile cranes, one LTM 1230-5.1, one LTM 11200-9.1 as well as one LR 1600/2-W narrow track crawler crane.
Among these machines, the LTM 11200-9.1, with nine axle lines, a 1200t maximum capacity and a 188m maximum height, is the biggest telescopic crane sold in Spain since 2009. These new machines will enhance their fleet which includes fifty mobile cranes with lifting capacities between 40 and 1200t.
Photo from left to right: Tobias Böhler (Liebherr Ibérica), Luis Aguilar (Gruas Aguilar), Alvaro Hueso (Liebherr Ibérica)
During the press conference held at this year’s IAA exhibition in Hannover, Wielton Group, the Polish manufacturer of semi-trailers, trailers and bodies, has announced the acquisition of the English company Lawrence David. In the first stage of the transaction, the Group will acquire 75% of its shares, with the remaining 25% within the next 4 years. The transaction was valued at GBP 26 million and will increase Wielton Group’s sales to approximately 20,000 vehicles a year.
Lawrence David is a British manufacturer of transport solutions with over 45 years of experience and a total capacity of approx. 23,000 vehicles a year.
“Thanks to the acquisition of Lawrence David, the Wielton Group is entering a stable and receptive market. For us, this acquisition is an opportunity to enrich the Group’s offer with the company’s unique products. Particularly noteworthy are the products from the last mile/home delivery line, which are widely used in the FMCG industry and the rapidly growing e-commerce sector. Another interesting product are the pillar-less curtain trailers that allow more efficient loading and faster transport. We expect that on more demanding markets, this product may partially replace traditional semi-trailers,” said Mariusz Golec, CEO of the Wielton Group.