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Hoyer takes over De Rijke bulk liquid business unit

Internationally active logistics services specialist Hoyer headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, took over the bulk liquid division of Dutch logistics company De Rijke in late November. Hoyer officials say the acquisition is a clear move forward in Hoyer’s market position in European chemical logistics.

“De Rijke’s portfolio is an ideal match for Hoyer’s growth strategy,” says Günter-Friedrich Maas, head of the Chemilog business unit at Hoyer, explaining the takeover. “We will be gaining market share, particularly in our relations to and from Great Britain, Scandinavia, and Italy.”

One particular advantage is De Rijke’s pronounced intermodal focus: more than 75% of sales of De Rijke’s bulk liquid unit are generated by intermodal transport, the ecological and efficient combination of road and rail. “Development of these services is an important component in HOYER’s strategy,” Maas says. “For the Hoyer Chemilog business unit, the acquisition adds up to an increase of 40% in intermodal business alone.”

The prospects of integrating De Rijke business into existing Hoyer activities look good, according to Hoyer officals. Hoyer is taking on all 240 employees of De Rijke at its five European offices: Göteborg in Sweden, Preston Brook in Great Britain, Moerdijk in the Netherlands, Le Havre in France and Piacenza in Italy. The deal also brings with it 1,500 tank containers, 130 tractors, and 300 tank trailers and chassis.

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