With the acquisition and integration of the Spanish logistics services provider Spain-Tir, Schenker is continuing to build on its market leadership in the field of European land transport. Customers now have access to a procurement and distribution network for land transport with area-wide coverage, comprising 72 new business locations on the Iberian Peninsula and offering numerous new international land transport operations. 350 nightly main haul shipments at national level provide up-to-the-minute services for this market.
“By linking Spain-Tir’s strong national network and its international transport operations with the closely linked transport network of Schenker, we are giving our customers a clear competitive advantage,” emphasizes Hans-J’rg Hager, Schenker’s Member of the Board with responsibility for European land transport. “Our customers can now benefit from improved end-to-end services in Europe, from Portugal right through to Siberia and from Finland to Sicily, all from a single source. This means we are continuing to expand our leading position in European land transport even further.”
Commercial and industrial companies in Spain and Portugal can now make use of Schenker’s concentrated European network to serve their customers in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe still more effectively on the basis of a regular schedule. So new markets are being opened up at the same time. For this purpose, additional regular international services are already being developed. The French market is one of the most important markets for the Spanish economy, and it will also benefit from the integration of Spain-Tir. Schenker and Spain-Tir have already enjoyed a successful partnership on this route for many years.
The integration of Spain-Tir with Schenker and further development of the Spanish organization, which has more than 1,500 employees, will be directed by a board of managers drawn from both companies. This is presided over by Llu’s Gay i Mund’, who combines the roles of Chairman of Spain-Tir and President of the new company Schenker Iberica SA. Other members are Jaume Ballester (Spain-Tir), Jo’l Moebel (Regional Director Europe West, Schenker AG), Dr. Hans-J’rg Rodi (Regional CFO Europe West, Schenker AG) and Hans-J’rg Hager.
The Management Board consists of Jaume Ballester (Managing Director) and Gert Lehmann (CFO Schenker / Integration Finance and Controlling). The company’s air and ocean freight business will be handled by Rafael Lopez-Chapi, while Juan Martin will be responsible for sales. In the land transport area Llu’s Gay Jr. is responsible for international transport, and Ernest Obach for the national network, with sales being managed by Paco Gay. Frank Gutzeit remains managing director with responsibility for Portugal, where the Spain-Tir subsidiary Pantrans is being integrated. An officer will shortly be appointed to manage the area of Contract Logistics / SCM.
The essential task facing the management team is to integrate the powerful service company Spain-Tir with Schenker’s European and worldwide network, while maintaining its high standards of quality service. Besides this, the objective is to make the entire range of Schenker’s services available to customers in Spain and Portugal.