Hillebrand acquires Portuguese logistics leader, Unedecom
Hillebrand has announced the acquisition of Unedecom, a leading Portuguese logistics service provider specializing in the transport of liquids and solids in bulk and special packaging solutions and liners. The company has been operating in Portugal, Spain and Morocco since 1992.
As the worlds’ leading forwarding, transport and logistics provider to the alcoholic beverage and non-hazardous bulk liquids industry, Hillebrand sees Unedecom’s strong market position in the Iberian region as a unique opportunity to strengthen our the company’s teams and services.
“We are continuously looking for opportunities to further improve our global service offering for our customers”, says Hillebrand CEO and Chairman of the Hillebrand Executive Board, Cees van Gent.
Global market leader
With the acquisition of Braid in late 2020 and the recent addition of Unedecom, Hillebrand demonstrates its continuous commitment to strengthen its global network. In turn, Unedecom’s team has found a logical partner in Hillebrand to expand its existing operations, says Miguel van Uden, founder of Unedecom,
“By joining Hillebrand we can offer our staff and customers a unique opportunity for further growth”, he says. Van Uden has built Unedecom over the past 25 years. Current members of management, Catarina van Uden and Goncalo Correia de Sa, say they are looking forward to joining Hillebrand: “Hillebrand represents the best in the business and shares a similar culture and mind-set (as Unedecom) when it comes to serving customers. The ability for us to be part of Hillebrand and leverage its global network, products and services will allow us to both better serve and grow (with) our customer base.”
- This acquisition marks the second transaction in a little more than a month and adds to Hillebrand’s M&A track record in the recent past with VignoblExport (France), Braid (United Kingdom), Royal Logistics (United States) and 3W-Logistik (Germany). “This acquisition is in line with our business plan objectives and further proves our continued ability to grow through acquisitions by focusing on creating more specialized, efficient and sustainable service solutions for our customers” concludes van Gent.
Unedecom was founded in 1993 in Sintra, Portugal. The company, which has operating premises in Sintra, Lisbon and Porto, is a leading Portuguese logistics service provider specialized in providing transportation solutions to the non-hazardous bulk liquids and dry bulk industry. It offers end-to-end transport solutions to both regional and global customers, shipping foodgrade products, edible oils, non-hazardous chemicals and dry bulk products via flexitanks and dry bulk liners.