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[post_date] => 2019-03-04 09:36:40
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[post_content] => Imperial Logistics has acquired 45 new tractor units and 55 tanker trailers to add to its chemical tanker fleet. The move – the company’s largest single order – follows successful expansion of its European road tanker fleet in response to “several years of strong business growth” and its entry into the intermodal services sector in 2016.
“Our chemical road transport business has experienced double digit, compound annual growth over the past four years, resulting from the positive performance of its top clients, and its focus on strategic accounts,” says Hakan Bicil, CEO of Imperial Logistics International. “In addition, we expanded our product portfolio two years ago to include intermodal services; that has broadened our capabilities and further enhanced our appeal. The healthy economy and increased volumes have also played their part in our growth.
Imperial Logistics’ highly specialised chemicals road transport division relies on high-spec tractor units with a strong emphasis on such safety features as blind spot assistance and alcohol monitors that must be used before the vehicle can be started.
The new trailers include fixed tankers and tank container chassis combinations and comprise both single- and multi-chamber units. Some have the ability to be heated and others are rubber-lined for use with highly corrosive chemical products.
The trailers also embody numerous safety features such as ground operation, tyre pressure monitoring, dead man’s handles, limit valve encoders, stability systems, and immobilisers that prevent vehicle movement if ladders are lowered or bottom valves are open. Those trailers that will be based Imperial Logistics International’s Wildeshausen facility in Germany, which handles various special chemicals, additionally feature pumps, level indicators and rear-view cameras.
“This is our largest single vehicle acquisition to date, but such numbers are likely to be repeated in the future,” says Bicil. “It means we can now assist more of our clients with dedicated capacity to help overcome periodic shortfalls. This fleet expansion positions us well to increase our market share.”
The new vehicles bring Imperial Logistics’ specialised chemical tanker division to a fleet of some 400 prime mover units, with around 500 tankers and chassis and 500 demountable tank containers.
Imperial Logistics’ international business has more than 50 years’ experience in road tanker operations and works from six locations in Germany and one in Bergschenhoek in the Netherlands. Imperial Logistics International is one of three divisions of South Africa-based Imperial Logistics and is headquartered in Duisburg, Germany.
Aside from road tanker operations, the division’s activities encompass freight forwarding, shipping, general road freight, barge operations, express freight and third- and fourth-party logistics.
Bicil was appointed CEO in October 2018 with a remit to accelerate the development of the Imperial Logistics group’s international business, which accounts for around 40 per cent of the group’s total revenues. “We have a diversified portfolio of businesses with impressive collective capabilities, a blue-chip customer list, and a team of highly experienced experts,” Bicil commented at the time. “These are excellent building blocks on which to base our ‘One Imperial Logistics’ concept, which will see the creation of a single company and a single global brand.”
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Imperial Logistics' expansion of its European road tanker fleet is just a prelude to further investments to come across its international operations