Gerd and Tim Van Poucke, the second generation at the head of the family business, have managed to expand the company substantially in recent years.
In H.Essers they have found the ideal industrial partner to lead Huktra into a new growth phase. For H.Essers, the take-over is entirely in line with the further expansion of its strategic market segment in the chemical industry.
Since its foundation in 1976, family business Huktra has become one of the leading European intermodal logistics service providers in the ﬁeld of chemical substances.
With a ﬂeet of 897 chemical tank containers for the transport of all kinds of chemicals, Huktra specialises in three market segments: liquid bulk (inorganic substances, polymers, special chemicals, and consumer chemicals), dry bulk (food) and powders. Huktra’s geographical location, in the port of Zeebruges, is an enormous strategic asset for both European and intercontinental intermodal destinations. Therefore, the company’s client portfolio includes leading chemical companies such as BASF, Eastman, and Repsol.
Huktra has a turnover of 50 million euros and employs approximately 50 employees, spread over its ofﬁces in Belgium, Italy, Spain, and the UK. In Zeebruges the company also has its own maintenance centre of 20,000 square meters. Current managers Gerd and Tim Van Poucke and all employees will stay on board.
“After the strong growth Huktra has recorded the past years, it is now time for the next step,” says the second generation of the family business. “Thanks to the take-over by a strong, industrial player such as H.Essers, Huktra will be able to keep growing in the coming years and to further develop our expertise.”
Everybody on the same page H.Essers’ CEO, Gert Bervoets, also looks forward with conﬁdence. “The take-over of Huktra is entirely in line with our strategy to offer our clients the best possible synchro-modal solutions. Combining different modes of transportation in an intelligent way is the future, because it offers an answer to current challenges in the ﬁeld of mobility and the environment. But most of all, synchro-modality offers a new interpretation for the management of transportation ﬂows. This approach not only makes them more efﬁcient, but also more advantageous and sustainable. A win-win situation for all parties involved: customers, logistics service providers, and our entire society.”
“And there is more,” Gert Bervoets continues. “Huktra is a family business with the same values and standards as H.Essers. We are all on the same page. Moreover, just like H.Essers, Huktra is committed to safety and quality, including a constant renewal of their materials and installations, which means that their approach and operation also meet the highest standards and strictest values. We eagerly look forward to welcoming our new colleagues to the warm H.Essers family and continue building our future together.”
With this take-over, H.Essers also establishes its footprint in two new countries: Spain and the UK. “From now on, our company features 71 ofﬁces in 17 countries,” says Gert Bervoets. “At a national level, the take-over seamlessly connects to the construction of our trimodal chemical site, H.Essers Dry Port Genk, for which the groundbreaking celebration took place last Friday, and to our recent investments in the upgrade of our site in Wilrijk, with its ISO tank container terminal and state-of the art ﬁlling installation. This enables us to continuously improve our all in solutions for our chemicals customers.”
It concerns a complete take-over. No details will be disclosed regarding the take-over conditions, and the transaction is subject to the usual registration procedure with the Competition Commission.
April 17, 2018