The Rhenus Group has acquired the Canada-based customised logistics solutions specialist Rodair, which has its headquarters in Toronto, and World Net Logistics, based in Johannesburg
Both acquisitions are subject to approval by the relevant authorities.
The core business activities at Rodair involve international freight forwarding, project logistics, courier, warehousing and distribution, 3PL services, and e-commerce solutions. Beside their headquarters in Toronto, the company founded in 1996 has business sites in Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver. One additional major focus lies in providing customs clearance including dedicated in-house teams in Toronto and Vancouver. Rodair’s customers mainly come from the fashion, retail, automotive, pharmaceutical and mining industries, which are defined as key market verticals.
“The acquisition of Rodair Group marks an important step for Rhenus in establishing a network in Canada. Rodair’s entrepreneurial and family oriented history and conviction to the same values will make an important contribution to the ongoing growth of the Rhenus Group," said Jörn Schmersahl, CEO Air & Ocean Americas.
"Combined with a strong focus on customer relations, we are gaining experienced employees with local expertise for the global operations of the Air & Ocean business unit at Rhenus Freight Logistics.”
Jeff Cullen, CEO of Rodair, said: “Being integrated into the Rhenus Group enables us to become part of an entrepreneurial global enterprise with depth expertise and passion which offers us the best prospects for long-term and sustainable development. This investment in growth, people and technology also offers a wider range of individual opportunities to our employees and will also be for the benefit of our present and future customers.”
World Net Logistics (WNL), based in Johannesburg, has a dense network of business sites in South Africa, and several branches and partners in Asia and Germany.
WNL Germany has business sites in Bremen and Frankfurt-am-Main, while WNL Asia comprises companies in Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand and Singapore.
The core business activities of WNL involve air and sea freight operations. One major focus lies in providing air freight connections between South Africa and Germany as well as maritime links between South Africa and China, Germany and Great Britain.
WNL also has its own vehicle fleet for overland services as well as warehouse capacity in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and East London. WNL’s customers mainly come from the automotive, electronics, health care, FCMG and retail sectors.