KUEHNE + NAGEL has announced the acquisition of the overland and logistics activities of Rotra, a company headquartered in the Netherlands with approximately 800 employees and a yearly net revenue of above EUR 100m.

Following the recent takeover of the Jöbstl Group in Austria, this acquisition is another strategic step for Kuehne + Nagel in expanding its leading European overland network with strong positions in all major markets.

“Rotra is a leading and well-rooted player in the Netherlands and in Belgium – two of the centres of gravity for logistics in Europe,” says Stefan Paul, member of the management board of Kuehne + Nagel International AG, responsible for Overland.

“Their activities strategically complement Kuehne + Nagel’s existing network all over Europe; to the benefit of our local and international customers who will have access to our expanded service portfolio in this region.”

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Rotra operates a fleet of more than 200 trucks, providing Europe-wide overland transportation as well as contract logistics services for Dutch, Belgian and international customers. It manages cross-dock facilities in the Netherlands and in Belgium.

Harm Roelofsen, director and co-owner of Rotra, said, “After more than a century of growing our family business, the time has now come to offer our customers an even wider road network and a broader range of services.

“Kuehne + Nagel, one of the leading logistics providers worldwide, is our partner of choice to enable further growth and at the same time offering our employees the best future development opportunities.”

Kuehne + Nagel will acquire the overland and logistics activities of Rotra. The seafreight and airfreight as well as the container terminal activities will remain with the current owners.

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