Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Freight Forwarding and Logistics Group Keeps Expanding and Increasing Assets

3PL is Seemingly Not the Way for Turkish Founded Company
Shipping News Feature
SWEDEN – TURKEY – WORLDWIDE – It seems Ekol, the freight forwarding and logistics group founded in Istanbul in 1990 has, like many other companies in the industry, plans to expand internationally. This however is no 3PL outfit, owning six RoRo vessels and two ports and now, just a couple of months after extending its presence in France, comes the news that this month the 'Ekol Nordics' brand will be launched in Sweden. This will be the sixteenth country in which the group has established its own operations.

Initially Ekol will focus the new operation particularly on the retail, automotive, electronics, paper and wood sectors, all areas where it has operated for many years. Jarmo Halonen, Regional Director of Ekol Nordics, explained the planned direction of the new company thus:

"Ekol Nordics will offer international FTL, LTL and groupage transport. At the beginning, we will connect Nordic countries with Turkey, Middle East and other countries where Ekol has its own companies. The next stage will be to have connections with the whole Europe. We [will] start with our office in Gothenburg, from where we can support the whole Nordic market development. In the next 2 years we aim to have 30 employees and our target is to reach € 30 million yearly turnover by the end of 2020.”

Ekol Nordics is also apparently planning to start short sea services to and from the Mediterranean region in the second half of 2018. The group says it is dedicated to using its environment-friendly services to strengthen its presence in Europe and claims its intermodal solutions ‘save’ 365,000 trees per month with 48 block trains running per week. Wojciech Brzuska, General Manager of Ekol Europe elaborated, saying:

“Ekol decided to open the company in the Nordics to be closer to its customers in this area and meet their needs even better. It is worth stressing that one of our Ekol block trains runs from Trieste, Italy, to Kiel, Germany, and is dedicated for the Nordic volumes. We plan to increase the number of these trains in the near future. This train connection connects Nordic countries via intermodal with South Europe and Turkey.”