The GEFCO Group announces he acquisition of IJS Global to strengthen its international Air and Sea Freight services

01 October 2015

The GEFCO Group, a global player in logistics for manufacturers and the European leader in automotive logistics, has signed an agreement with the private equity fund Nimbus to acquire the Dutch company IJS Global, specialised in air and operations.

Founded in 2004, IJS Global is a freight forwarding company specialised in the fields of air and sea. Its head office is located in Amsterdam, in the Netherlands.

The company currently has around 500 employees and generated turnover of €160 million in 2014. It offers its customers a worldwide coverage thanks to its operational footprint in 16 countries, with expertise centers in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Australia, China and South-East Asia, as well as in the USA.  It operates across various business sectors including pharmaceuticals, humanitarian relief, high-tech, oil & gas, aerospace and fashion.

The complementary nature of the GEFCO and IJS Global businesses' – with regard to expertise, geographic networks and customer portfolios' – will create value for all of the stakeholders: customers, partners, suppliers and employees.

This acquisition, which is fully in line with GEFCO’s and IJS Global’s growth strategy, will position this new entity as the preferred partner of international manufacturers in their search for growth and competitiveness. It will result in a broader range of global logistics services, dedicated to the optimisation of complex supply chains.