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UniMove Rotterdam joins Gosselin Group!
January 2022 - Gosselin Belgium proudly announces its acquisition of UniMove bv, the Rotterdam-based international moving and storage business founded in 2007 by Michel Paijens and Raymond van Dijk.
In an agreement signed on December 29, 2021 by Gosselin Group CEO Marc Smet and the founding co-owners of UniMove bv, Gosselin has agreed to acquire 100% of UniMove’s share capital; the business will operate from its existing Rotterdam premises and trade alongside Gosselin’s existing Dutch moving branch.
UniMove complements Gosselin with its predominantly international moving and storage activity. In addition, UniMove brings its domestic moving brand in Jac den Hollander, which it acquired in 2008. The existing and highly experienced UniMove team and management, headed up by Michel Paijens and Raymond van Dijk, will run the business, now with access to Gosselin’s pan-European resources from which it can strengthen and capitalize on growing business in the Netherlands and across Europe. UniMove is a member of IAM, PAIMA and Erkende Verhuizers, the trade association for the Dutch moving industry.
Marcel Jörg (CEO Gosselin Moving): “We have been actively looking to strengthen our market position in the Netherlands and are pleased to have found an ideal solution. Our existing FIDI operation is primarily focusing on corporate international business. Like in other strong markets, we run our own operations allowing us to be more independent from our supplying partners. Besides adding operational capacities, we are also strengthening our market share in both the local and international business. In addition, Unimove is a strong player in the international retail customer segment.”
Michel Paijens: “This is a very exciting time and I feel proud that UniMove has this expansion opportunity to grow with the Gosselin Group. It was time for the next step for UniMove.”
Raymond van Dijk: “We believe this is the best way forward for UniMove to strengthen our market share in the Netherlands and are excited to join the Gosselin family.”
Founded in 1930, Gosselin currently employs more than 800 people who generate total sales of over 300 million Euros. Gosselin’s headquarters is located on the Albert Canal in Deurne where the container terminal connects the Port of Antwerp Bruges and the Port of Rotterdam with the European hinterland. With 56 offices in 34 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 Moving and Gosselin Logistics.
Gosselin Moving handles international moves for multinationals, expats, diplomats, military personnel and private individuals.
Gosselin Logistics provides logistics services to businesses, with activities ranging from forwarding, warehouse storage and container processing to industrial logistics projects for heavy machinery and entire factories.
ABOUT UNIMOVE BV:
UniMove was founded in 2007 and currently employs a staff of 20. It specializes in international and domestic moving and storage. The company is based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, where it is fully operational with its own crews, vehicles and 2,184 m² moving and storage warehouse built in 2013.
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Dirk Van Der Borght
T: +32 (0)3 360 55 61