Gosselin and Heavy set up new holding company
On December 12, 2016, CEO Marc Smet of Gosselin Group and CEO Marc Rombouts of Heavy signed an owner-buyout contract for Heavy. Gosselin Group holds 50% of the shares in the new holding company that was set up, Heavy Project Solutions.
Heavy provides logistics solutions for exceptional transport. Staffed by 30 employees spread out among three companies, Heavy boasts consolidated sales of approximately 33 million Euros:
- Heavy Import Warehousing and Distribution provides the full logistics chain of services for goods shipped from Antwerp and Rotterdam to destinations within Europe.
- Heavy Logistics organizes all of the logistics involved in exceptional transport, storage of machines and complete projects, event logistics and overseas projects including shipping.
- Heavy Pilots & Permits specializes in supervising exceptional transport shipments.
Marc Smet: “The owner buyout is a new step in the process of integrating Heavy in Gosselin’s activities. We had already set up the joint venture Heavy GCT in April 2014. This was the first milestone in an operational partnership between Heavy and the container terminal and Gosselin Group’s warehouses. We derive maximum benefits from our location next to the Albert Canal in Deurne.” Since that time, the joint venture has been handling the transfers at this location of Japanese CNC machines for further distribution in Europe.
“Thanks to this owner buyout, our organization now has every opportunity to continue our growth,” Marc Rombouts, CEO of Heavy adds.
The Heavy companies will move to the new warehouse and office complex that Gosselin is building at the beginning of the Belcrownlaan. Gosselin is building a 12,000 m² warehouse at the site of the former Crown factory, and a new office complex will be built on top of the warehouse. A 16-meter high canopy of nearly 4,000 m² in area will connect the old Crown warehouse to the new structure.
Founded in 1930, Gosselin currently employs more than 700 people who generate total sales of over 200 million Euros. Gosselin’s headquarters is located on the Albert Canal in Deurne where the container terminal connects the ports of Antwerp, Zeebrugge and Rotterdam with the European hinterland. With 48 offices in 32 countries, the company has strong representation in Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia and China. The Gosselin Group consists of two divisions: Gosselin Mobility and Gosselin Logistics.
Gosselin Mobility handles international moves and offers relocation services for multinationals, expats, diplomats, military personnel and private individuals.
Gosselin Logistics provides logistics services to businesses. With activities ranging from shipping, forwarding and warehouse storage to customs formalities including specialized services such as lashing and securing and the production of wooden crates, Gosselin Logistics can offer its customers a constant supply chain.
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