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Hillebrand buys drinks logistics rival

Published:  19 January, 2010

Specialist drinks shipper ABV Logistics has been bought by JF Hillebrand.

Hillebrand UK chairman Tom Yusef said: "With this acquisition, we are able to augment our extensive global range of services using ABV Logistics' particular strength in Iberia and Italy, where their service coverage is impressive."

The two businesses will continue to operate as normal and all customer contacts remain unchanged but eventually the ABV team, currently based in Wickford, will relocate to Hillebrand UK's West Thurrock offices.

"Clients of both companies will benefit from the strong multi-carrier relationships in all trade lanes," said Yusef. "ABV Logistics' customers will also enjoy a wider selection of route options and improved access to space and equipment, supported by JF Hillebrand's award winning AXIS information management system."

ABV directors Gary Gordon and Daniel Morris will join the Board of JF Hillebrand UK, but Alan Steele is stepping down for personal reasons.