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DACHSER Acquires Majority Interest in its Irish Partner, Johnston Logistics

Effective immediately, DACHSER has become a majority shareholder of its partner in Ireland, Johnston Logistics Ltd. This acquisition allows DACHSER to expand and strengthen its logistics network throughout northwestern Europe.

“Our customers in Ireland already benefit from uniform services and quality standards, fixed transit times, and a tightly meshed network of DACHSER branch offices throughout Europe,” says Michael Schilling, COO Road Logistics at DACHSER. “In Johnston Logistics, we’ve acquired a well-established family company that we’ve worked with and trusted for a long time. We see this investment as an exciting opportunity to further enhance our all-important European network.”

Albert Johnston will remain a shareholder and Managing Director of DACHSER’s new subsidiary in Ireland. “Ireland’s tremendous economic growth makes it a key logistics region. This purchase allows us to offer our customers the entire range of high-quality services that DACHSER is renowned for,” says Wolfgang Reinel, DACHSER Managing Director of European Logistics for North-Central Europe.

Since it entered into partnership with DACHSER in 2007, family-owned Johnston Logistics has tapped international markets and benefitted from daily departures to DACHSER’s European overland network. DACHSER organizes Ireland shipments at its branch offices in Cologne, Germany and Zevenaar, the Netherlands. There are also daily connections between Ireland and the UK.

Brothers Albert and Ivan Johnston founded Johnston Logistics in 1979. The company has become one of the key logistics players in Ireland focusing on the Irish market, but also serving the UK. Johnston Logistics has three locations in Ireland: Rathcoole near Dublin, Cork, and Limerick. The logistics provider also has a presence in England thanks to three hazardous chemicals partner locations. The company employs 150 people; its warehouse and operations facilities as well as office space span nearly 40,000 square meters (430,000 square feet). In addition to classic groupage services, Johnston Logistics specializes in shipments of dangerous goods and warehousing services for customers in the following industries: chemical, pharmaceuticals, hardware, plastics, and packaging. Johnston Logistics generated EUR 24 million of revenue in 2016.

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