PRESS RELEASE, 5TH SEPTEMBER 2017

LEMAN ACQUIRES MARU INTERNATIONAL IN THE UK

Strategic acquisition more than doubles LEMAN’s activities in the UK and creates an even stronger organisation.

THIRD ACQUISITION IN THE UK IN 2 YEARS
It is with great pleasure that we can announce that as per 4th of September 2017, LEMAN has acquired MARU International Ltd - a solid freight forwarding company focused on European road transport whilst also offering air, sea and logistics solutions. The company has offices in Dewsbury and Braintree, as well as Coatbridge near Glasgow.

”MARU is a strong company founded on high quality and a great product portfolio that complements LEMAN’s current activities in the UK,” says Thomas Krøyer, CEO of LEMAN Group, adding; ”Now we can offer a significantly improved and solid set-up across the UK - from southern England to Scotland in the north. LEMAN becomes more attractive to customers throughout the UK as well as to partners and agents in the rest of Europe and beyond.”

MARU is the third acquisition in the UK in under 2 years, thus part of LEMAN’s strategy for viable and profitable growth through best-fit business acquisitions.

STRONG COMPANY - STRONG VISION
”It was important for us to find the right partner – a strong company with a strong vision – that can help the growth of MARU and ensure the company’s continued development,” says Vaughan Woolfitt, co-owner of MARU. “Therefore, we are pleased to welcome new owners who share our values. We are convinced that the merger will bring many benefits to both existing and future customers as well as our employees.”

After the merger, the company will consist of a total of 160 employees in the UK. The corporate merge will be accomplished by the 1st of January 2018, with Jesper Thygesen of LEMAN UK continuing as Managing Director. Both Vaughan Woolfitt and co-owner Joe Hemingway will continue with the company after the acquisition and contribute to a successful integration.

ABOUT LEMAN
LEMAN is a well-known Danish transport and logistics company with 117 years of experience and history. Today LEMAN delivers state-of-the-art logistics, transport services and customised pharma solutions. The company employs almost 800 employees in Denmark, UK, Sweden, Norway, Finland and the United States.

About MARU

MARU INTERNATIONAL LIMITED, established in 1985 is a young thrusting company dedicated to optimising service to its customers. A medium sized freight forwarder, we have forged strong links with both independent operators and world-wide organisations. In the past we have demonstrated our adherence to both external and internal quality standards.

MARU INTERNATIONAL LIMITED has had more than 15 successful years operating TIR Trailer groupage services to and from Western Europe, with our own driver accompanied trailers, covering Germany, Holland, Belgium France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Switzerland, Scandinavia and Austria.

Building upon that success, MARU INTERNATIONAL LIMITED, seized on the opportunity, in 1994, to expand their portfolio of TIR Trailer forwarding abilities, with the inauguration of a 'direct and driver accompanied' TIR groupage and full load operation into the emerging markets of Eastern Europe. We have since emerged as one of the UK's leading forwarders, with an array of export and import services operating across all borders between Germany and the far reaches of Russia. It is with the support of exclusive partnerships with well respected agents offering local knowledge and expertise at each destination country, that has complimented these achievements MARU INTERNATIONAL are recognised as one of the UK's forwarding industry specialists.

To further enhance our TIR forwarding services, and allow MARU INTERNATIONAL to deliver a multi-modal business to our customers, we have added Ocean and Airfreight operations to our portfolio. Specialising in consolidation and project forwarding, and with an administration section dealing with the specialised commercial export documentation, our Freight Forwarding business is now complete and comprehensive.

Our company business strategy may be summarised as "ONWARDS and UPWARDS". A goal, which we believe will be achieved by giving total customer value and satisfaction. We regard ourselves to be very adaptable and cost effective where our business is concerned.

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