GEFCO Group, a global provider of industrial supply chain services as well as automotive logistics and BERGÉ, a player in multimodal logistics services in Spain, have agreed to join forces to create a company in the finished vehicle logistics market in Spain.
The new equally-owned company, BERGÉ GEFCO, will be formed by the finished vehicle logistics divisions of both companies in Spain, through GEFCO Spain FVL activities and BERGÉ Automotive Logistics (BAL). The operation is subject to European Commission approval.
The finished vehicle market in Spain is one of the world’s largest with 3 million vehicles produced annually, 2.4 million exported and 1.2 million commercialised. BERGÉ GEFCO’s aim is to build closer relationships with customers to meet their needs by improving key processes, optimizing existing resources and increasing reactivity.
The new company will offer customers a full-range of finished vehicle logistics including transport, storage, technical services, inspections and delivery. The combined resources and transport means of the partner companies will provide comprehensive end-to-end services including logistics design and engineering from customer production sites to delivery to final customers.
Building on the expertise and resources of the parent companies, BERGÉ GEFCO will create value for customers, partners and employees. The company will focus its activities on the Spanish market and help both partners develop their international networks in other markets.
BERGÉ GEFCO will provide a significant increase in transport and storage capacity and geographical scope. Customers will benefit from 3.4 million m2 storage in compounds and ports and the capacity to manage and transport 1.4 million cars annually through a fleet of more than 700 vehicle trucks and 100 rail wagons.
In addition, the new company will offer a wide variety of complementary services at its 10 logistic centres throughout Spain and its 40,000 m2 of workshop space including repairs, paint work, car washing, delivery preparations and quality and finishing controls.
“We are very pleased to create a joint venture company with BERGÉ. Our partnership will allow us to offer an extended range of high-quality services that will benefit our customers, partners and employees,” highlights Luc Nadal, Chairman of GEFCO SA’s Management Board. “The new company will be well-positioned to anticipate the evolving needs in the automotive sector and welook forward to combining our resources to boost innovation.”
Jaime Gorbeña, President of BERGÉ y COMPAÑÍA, commented: “BERGÉ’s commitment to working in partnership with GEFCO, a global leader in industrial logistics, will definitely strengthen our leadership in Spanish vehicle logistics. We are confident that pooling our knowledge and experience in this segment will improve our service offer and drive businesses growth.”
BERGÉ GEFCO will offer an extensive portfolio of logistic solutions to current customers of both companies enabling them to better manage seasonal peaks and benefit from dedicated resources. In addition, the new company expects to develop strong operational synergies through pooling of resources and capacities, and to strengthen both its position on domestic and international flows.
The new company will be well positioned to anticipate evolving needs in the automotive logistics segment and help customers manage increasing sales volumes.