On January 29, 2019, in Shanghai, the Chinese shipping company Cosco Shipping Lines and the transport and logistics division of the French group Bolloré signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding. The two companies, partners for over 20 years, have the desire to develop their commercial relations while exploring new opportunities for cooperation in transport, logistics and port infrastructure. “This new agreement signed with COSCO SHIPPING Lines is the result of our common desire to develop synergies between our businesses. It also illustrates our ambition to continue the development of our international network by promoting cooperation with strategic partners, recognised for their excellence and performance,” said Cyrille Bolloré, CEO of Bolloré Transport & Logistics.
From left to right – COSCO SHIPPING Lines: Wang Kunhui (General Manager of Latin America/Africa Trade division), Tao Weidong (Deputy Managing Director), Chen Shuai (Deputy Managing Director), Wang Haimin (Managing Director) – Bolloré Transport & Logistics: Cyrille Bolloré (CEO), Philippe Labonne, (Deputy CEO), Michel Sibony (Head of Middle Office) et Sébastien Beuque (Shipping Director)
Gaussin Manugistique and Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics (SPPAL) have signed an exclusive agreement to commercialize Gaussin’s autonomous guided vehicles (AGVs) worldwide. This new partnership provides Gaussin with access to the market for international airports operated by SSPAL and its handling systems.
The French company Hafa, specialized in oils and engine, gear and industrial lubricants, announced an agreement with the Portuguese company Poitara to distribute its products in Southern Europe. “This is a partnership perfectly in line with Hafa’s strategy, which is to increase its presence on the export market. Poitara enabled us to develop our distribution model with a complete offer which allows the dealer to rely on our global support approach in comfort,” stated Nicolas Buisson, Export Business Developer of Hafa. Sales Manager of Poitara Cristóvão Caetano explained his choice : “I got to know Hafa’s lubricants through a common customer. Their product and their distribution approach instantly convinced us and matched perfectly with the quality upgrading of the solutions we wanted to offer our customers. With Hafa, we move forward with confidence because we know we have a dedicated and reactive team with us .”
Haffa supports its distribution partners from the marketing strategy to the operational use and takes over packaging supply, signage and provide training for its partners to use running tools like lubrification schedules configuration.
Bolloré Transport & Logistics has recently concluded two new agency agreements in East Africa. The first exclusive contract was signed in June 2018 with Banadir Gate, a logistics company in Somalia, in order to strengthen their collaboration in the country and the second new agreement with Ewan Technology Solution, based in Eritrea, an exclusive agent of the Group since May 2018.
“We are delighted to have closed these two contracts that will strengthen our presence in the Horn of Africa. Beyond pooling our skills, they will also let our clients benefit from our expertise in the management of corridors and integrated logistics. With the experiences of Banadir Gate in Somalia and Ewan Technology Solutions in Eritrea, we shall be able to increase the quality of our services and respond to the demands of our future clients,” said Jérôme Petit, CEO Africa of Bolloré Logistics.
Photo (from left to right): Mohamed Ahmed, Managing Director of Banadir Gate, Sébastien Beuque, Shipping Director of Bolloré Ports, Patrick Geranthon, Cluster Manager Horn of Africa (Djibouti, Ethiopia & Somalia), Bolloré Transport & Logistics, Ali Gabow, CEO of Banadir Gate and Jason Reynard, CEO East Africa Region, Bolloré Transport & Logistics
The German family business Zapp Group, supplier of advanced metal products, just signed an agreement for the acquisition of the stainless wire business of Sandvik, a global engineering group, named « Materials Technology ». The deal « includes the production unit in Sandviken, Sweden and the global sales organization, along with selected trademarks and patents, in total approximately 145 employees », as stated the Swedish group. The divestment is expected in the third quarter 2018.
Maritime Holdings Delaware, parent company of Intermarine, has entered into a joint venture agreement with the German group Zeaborn. The company, which will be named Zeamarine, will include the transfer of assets and operating entities from the various commercial activities of Zeaborn as well as the company Intermarine held by Maritime Holdings, said the duo in a statement. The joint venture will have a fleet of more than 75 vessels and is expected to exceed 100 vessels by the end of the year. The shareholders of the new Zeamarine company will also commit to finance the new capital to develop the joint venture in which Zeaborn will be the majority shareholder.