Van den Bosch acquires dry bulk transport company Willis Larsson
The family-owned company, which was founded in 1961 in Lidköping, Sweden, has acquired a strong position in the intermodal transport of dry bulk goods. Using its own modern fleet of trucks and 40-foot pressurised containers, Willis Larsson currently serves Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Poland, Benelux, Germany, Austria and the UK.
The acquisition will result in a further expansion of Van den Bosch’s dry bulk division, which will expand into a fleet containing more than 1,400 modern silo trailers and silo containers.
“The acquisition of Willis Larsson represents the next step in our international growth strategy,” commented Rico Daandels, CEO of Van den Bosch. “As a logistics coordinator, Van den Bosch wants to become the European top player in bulk logistics. With the use of data and the right equipment, we can provide intermodal solutions for our customers – both in the field of dry and liquid bulk transport for the food and chemical industry.
“By taking over Willis Larsson, we will strengthen our logistic network in the Nordics and expand our leading position in the transport with pressurised containers. I’m pleased that CEO Sverker Larsson and his team will continue to be part of the company after the takeover and add their experience to the Van den Bosch organisation.”
Sverker Larsson, CEO of Willis Larsson, added: “Joining Van den Bosch connects us with the extensive European transport network and gives us access to the knowledge and experience of modern data systems. We have noticed that digital solutions have become increasingly important for our clients. The strong reputation of Van den Bosch ensures that we can continue to be a high quality partner in the future, both to our employees and our customers. Moreover, Van den Bosch will also bring its expertise in the field of liquid bulk transport to the Nordics, which will result in a further extension of our activities.”