Dachser acquires majority interest in Irish partner Johnston Logistics

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Dachser has become the majority shareholder of its partner in Ireland – Johnston Logistics – which it says allows it to expand and strengthen its logistics network in northwestern Europe.

Dachser chief operating officer for road logistics, Michael Schilling says: “Our customers in Ireland benefit from uniform services and quality standards, fixed transit times, and a tightly meshed network of Dachser branch offices throughout Europe.

“In Johnston Logistics, we’ve acquired a well-established family company that we’ve worked with and trusted for a long time, and we see this investment as an exciting opportunity to further enhance our all-important European network.”

Albert Johnston will remain a shareholder and managing director (MD) of Dachser’s new subsidiary in Ireland. “Ireland’s tremendous economic growth makes it a key logistics region. This purchase allows us to offer our customers the entire range of high-quality services that Dachser is renowned for,” says Dachser MD of European logistics for North-Central Europe, Wolfgang Reinel.

Since it entered into partnership with Dachser in 2007, family-owned Johnston Logistics has tapped international markets and benefitted from daily departures to Dachser’s European overland network.

Dachser organises Ireland shipments at its branch offices in Cologne, Germany and Zevenaar, the Netherlands. There are also daily connections between Ireland and the UK.

The brothers Albert and Ivan Johnston founded Johnston Logistics in 1979. It has become one of the key logistics players in Ireland and focuses on the Irish market, but also serves the UK.

Johnston Logistics has three locations in Ireland: Rathcoole near Dublin, Cork, and Limerick. The logistics provider also has a presence in England thanks to three hazardous chemicals partner locations. The company employs 150 people; its warehouse and operations facilities as well as office space span nearly 40,000 square metres.

In addition to classic groupage services, Johnston Logistics specialises in shipments of dangerous goods and warehousing services for customers in the following industries: chemical, pharmaceuticals, hardware, plastics, and packaging. Johnston Logistics generated 24 million euros of revenue in 2016.