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Germany’s Hellmann Worldwide Logistics announced today that it “is opening its first Direct Load branch in France, located in Rennes. The company is thus continuing its growth path in the French market and is expanding its product portfolio to better serve the group’s customers.”
Now you may want to read this from mid-2020: “Geodis partners commercially with Hellmann, expanding its operations within France-Germany axis“.
Hellmann said it opened the first fully owned French branch near Paris in September 2019, following a thirty-year partnership to serve the French market.
“Since opening the branch, Hellmann has experienced strong growth which allowed the company to further expand its network to Strasbourg, Marseille, Nantes and Lyon.
“To date, the focus has been primarily on developing the air and sea freight products as well as customs clearance, mainly serving customers in the automotive, fashion and healthcare sectors. With the new location in Rennes and the subsequent market launch of the Direct Load product, Hellmann gains additional flexibility and the ability to serve both local and multinational customers with an integrated cross-border service. In addition to opening further branches in France, Hellmann is also planning to expand its Direct Load network across Europe.”
CEO Reiner Heiken said the group was strengthening “in one of Europe’s largest markets, while at the same time laying the foundation for further transnational growth as a local player with a global presence.”
As France is increasingly becoming the backbone of its European activities, “the expansion of the European Direct Load business is a central pillar of our growth strategy in the Road segment. Thus, the opening of the branch in Rennes is a very important milestone, because from here we will successively expand the segment in France and neighbouring countries to make the best possible use of the market potential,” said Jörg Herwig, COO road & rail.
Earlier this month, the forwarder had also announced a “€28m lease and development investment with Auckland Airport to establish a new 19,200-square-metre ambient warehousing complex dedicated to multinational manufacturer Techtronic Industries (TTI).”