Van den Bosch starts a new phase
October 13, 2020 - There is an increasing need for insights in bulk logistics. Insights that lead to efficient solutions with a positive impact on quality, sustainability, safety and costs. Today Van den Bosch presents a new growth strategy and market positioning ‘The Supply Changer in Bulk’, through which the logistics service provider wants to ensure sustainable change in the sector.
According to Van den Bosch, data analysis, digitisation, innovations and a more wide-ranging approach to the supply chain all contribute to smarter kind of bulk logistics. An extensive intermodal network remains essential in this respect. In fact, the logistics service provider wants to expand its network even more in the coming years by investing in smart equipment, an ambitious sustainability approach and a knowledge lab for open innovation.
Insights through data
Van den Bosch combines logistics knowledge and experience with the possibilities that data, technology and automation offer. The insights obtained in this way provide Van den Bosch with much more control over the logistics chain. That means higher delivery reliability, more transparency in the supply chain, fewer empty kilometres and a lower CO2 footprint for its clients. So, for example, customers can receive integrated CO2 advice based on an emissions calculator. New insights like these also offer far-reaching possibilities for developing new concepts and evaluating scenarios for optimising supply chains.
The Supply Changer in Bulk
The change that Van den Bosch wants to realise in the bulk sector goes hand in hand with a repositioning of the brand. Van den Bosch is introducing a new communication style, removing the word ‘Transport’ from the company name and marking the next step in its evolution with the new promise: ‘The Supply Changer in Bulk’.
Changing market demand
Van den Bosch CEO Rico Daandels explains: “Market demand is changing and we are responding to that. We want to further strengthen our leading position in order to make smart bulk logistics and more efficient supply chains a reality together with customers. Intermodal transport is of course an essential part of this, but fundamentally it’s about accumulating fewer kilometres. Bulk logistics is about more than just quantity. Quality through insights, knowledge and data is essential to perform as optimally and sustainably as possible.”
Smart Load Units
In line with its digital revolution, Van den Bosch is also a forerunner in the field of Smart Load Units: smart tank and silo containers that are not only tracked in real time, but which provide clear temperature, weight, seal status and cleaning quality indicators using smart sensors. Combining all the data available along with specific customer requirements using advanced planning software, the most appropriate equipment and optimal intermodal route can be selected. Based on this, the customer then receives comprehensive information enabling them to make a well-considered choice balancing the impacts on costs, time, CO2 emissions and performance.
In line with its digital revolution, Van den Bosch is also a forerunner in the field of Smart Load Units: smart tank and silo containers that are not only trackVan den Bosch wants to be the industry leader in sustainability by 2025. The sustainable transition has been set in motion over the past decades. Eighty percent of transport is now carried out intermodally. What’s more, payloads have increased which means that the number of transport movements has decreased. This results in significant CO2 savings. Van den Bosch’s ambition is to further reduce emissions for both customers and within its own organisation. Consequently, all locations will be completely climate neutral by 2025.ed in real time, but which provide clear temperature, weight, seal status and cleaning quality indicators using smart sensors. Combining all the data available along with specific customer requirements using advanced planning software, the most appropriate equipment and optimal intermodal route can be selected. Based on this, the customer then receives comprehensive information enabling them to make a well-considered choice balancing the impacts on costs, time, CO2 emissions and performance.
Network of the future
Van den Bosch has built up a reliable and proven network in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In addition to the traditional aspects of the network, Van den Bosch wants to further develop through innovative, sustainable and future-oriented networks and partnerships. In light of this, its knowledge lab will become available from 2021, where students, researchers, knowledge institutions, customers, partners and its own organisation will come together. This hotbed for open innovation aims to boost meaningful change within the supply chain of bulk.
More information about the repositioning is available at thesupplychangerinbulk.com
Rick van Os appointed as CFO Van den Bosch
February 28, 2020 - Van den Bosch Transporten announces today the appointment of Rick van Os as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Van den Bosch Transporten, effective March 1, 2020. Together with CEO Rico Daandels he will form the general management of Van den Bosch.
Van Os (44) joins Van den Bosch from Hero Group, where he most recently has served as Chief Financial Officer, overseeing the company’s financial processes, business control, IT and Supply Chain Management. In his role as CFO at Van den Bosch Transporten, he will be responsible for strategy and policy development as well as the daily management of the company, together with CEO Rico Daandels. He will focus primarily on improving and controlling the internal business processes.
Over the past 14 years, Van Os worked at Hero Group, the last 5 years serving as CFO. In his role as the CFO of Van den Bosch Transporten, he found the new challenge he was looking for. “A role with a wide scope in an enterprising company was exactly what I was looking for. Coming from a family-owned company, I soon had the feeling that I would fit here. Just like Van den Bosch, I am ambitious. I am really looking forward to this new challenge and to achieve great successes together.”
Van den Bosch takes next step in food safety
February 18, 2020 - Van den Bosch has bought 200 new 40FT pressurised containers for the transport of dry bulk products for the food industry. The new silo containers are equipped with a Protection Outlet Box: a leading technical innovation which is unique in intermodal bulk transport.
“With the purchase of these new containers, Van den Bosch takes the next step in the area of food safety and quality”, states Barry Gruijters, Operations Director Dry Bulk at Van den Bosch. “The technical specifications have been defined in close cooperation with clients and suppliers. A number of these specifications are unique within the intermodal transport of food products.”
(Food) safety and quality
The importance of (food) safety and quality are captured in every detail of the new containers. The combination of materials and the design is what makes these containers so unique. In every aspect special attention was given in terms of the usage of certain materials, cleanability and the safety of the product during transport or (interim) storage. “Our customers are looking for a high level of (food) quality and safety. That is why we at Van den Bosch combine the use of these new high quality containers with full insight into the transport and the history of the container via our recently launched customer portal FreightInsight”, Gruijters explains.
Protection Oullet Box
The new 40FT pressurised containers are, including other elements, equipped with a Protection Outlet Box, which is a leading technical innovation. This Protection Outlet Box offers full protection of the butterfly valve and outlet (the blind cap included). Both are in direct contact with the product. The box not only protects against unpleasant filth, but also prevents contamination of the box, improves sealing and ensures that the load unit is less sensitive for sabotage. Gruijters is excited: “Our customers are very enthusiastic about these new containers. Thanks to the unique combination of specifications, we are taking (food) safety and quality in intermodal bulk logistics to a higher level.”
The new 40FT silo containers are produced and delivered by LAG, located in Bree, Belgium. At the moment the new containers are delivered and fully operational.
Van den Bosch acquires Willis Larsson Transport
February 12, 2020 - Van den Bosch is strengthening its position in Northern Europe by taking over the Swedish transport company Willis Larsson Transport AB. This acquisition results in a further expansion of the logistic activities in the dry bulk segment.
The family owned company Willis Larsson Transport AB was founded in Lidköping, Sweden, in 1961. The company has acquired a strong position in the intermodal transport of dry bulk goods. With its own modern fleet of trucks and 40FT pressurised containers, Willis Larsson serves Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Poland, Benelux, Germany, Austria and the United Kingdom. The acquisition will result in a further growth of the dry bulk division of Van den Bosch, which will grow into more than 1400 modern silo trailers and silo containers.
Growth as logistics coordinator
Rico Daandels, CEO of Van den Bosch: “The acquisition of Willis Larsson represents the next step in our international growth strategy. As a logistics coordinator, Van den Bosch wants to become the European top player in bulk logistics. With the use of data and the right equipment, we can provide intermodal solutions for our customers – both in the field of dry and liquid bulk transport for the food and chemical industry. By taking over Willis Larsson, we will strengthen our logistic network in the Nordics and expand our leading position in the transport with pressurised containers. I’m pleased that CEO Sverker Larsson and his team will continue to be part of the company after the takeover and add their experience to the Van den Bosch organisation.”
Access to modern data systems
Sverker Larsson, CEO of Willis Larsson Transport: “Joining Van den Bosch connects us with the extensive European transport network and gives us access to the knowledge and experience of modern data systems. We have noticed that digital solutions have become increasingly important for our clients. The strong reputation of Van den Bosch ensures that we can continue to be a high quality partner in the future, both to our employees and our customers. Moreover, Van den Bosch will also bring its expertise in the field of liquid bulk transport to the Nordics, which will result in a further extension of our activities.”
Signing of the agreement by Sverker Larsson and Rico Daandels.
Strategic partnership Van den Bosch and STACKS
August 13, 2019 - Logistics service provider Van den Bosch DMCC has concluded a partnership with freight forwarder STACKS Logistics in Cape Town. STACKS brings over 15 years of experience in African logistics and will become the local agent for Van den Bosch in South Africa as of 1 September 2019.
"With this partnership we aim to further develop our liquid bulk transport activities from and to South Africa”, General Manager Bart van de Vorst of Van den Bosch DMCC explains “The focus is specifically on the transport of liquid food products in ISO tank containers. The South African market offers huge opportunities in regards to the transport of liquids in bulk as an alternative to the traditional drums and IBC’s. With the start of this promising partnership, we want to further strengthen our position as a tank operator on the South African market.”
Developing liquid bulk activities
As of 1 September 2019, STACKS Logistics will become the exclusive agent for Vanden Bosch DMCC in South Africa. STACKS will be the first point of contact for the South African business relations of Van den Bosch and will also be responsible for the further development of the liquid bulk activities from and to the South African market.
Managing Director Olivier Vanreusel is delighted with the partnership: “We are excited to develop the liquid bulk activities together with Van den Bosch and aim to become a key player within the food & beverage logistics industry in South Africa.” An additional advantage is that STACKS offers in-house customs. “We operate as a freight forwarder with our own customs department. This will enable Van den Bosch to offer their South African customers a full in-house door to door solution.”
Over the past years, Van den Bosch has developed a strong position as tank operator on the African market. Branches were established in Dubai, Ghana, Ivory Coast and South Africa and this year investments were made again in 400 new ISO tank containers.
“The start of this partnership marks a next step on the African market”, Van de Vorst continuous. “Just like Van den Bosch, STACKS has a strong focus on Africa. The slogan ‘connecting Africa’ fits in seamlessly with our vision and ambitions.” Vanreusel agrees: “We share similar values, vision and focus. We aim to keep developing partnerships with Van den Bosch in other African countries as well and conquer these markets together.”
Joining forces in South Africa
Van den Bosch DMCC has been represented in South Africa by Aspen International since 2016, with whom a joint venture has been concluded. This collaboration will become part of the new STACKS-Van den Bosch partnership. Owner Gary van Niekerk continuous to be a strategic advisor for both Van den Bosch and STACKS. His extensive network and expertise in the field of bulk, reefer and fruit transport are a valuable contribution to the new partnership. “By means of this strategic collaboration, Van Den Bosch DMCC, STACKS Logistics and Aspen International are joining forces to connect and serve the South African market even better and to further develop our logistics activities”, concludes Van de Vorst.
For more info visit: www.stacks-africa.com/
Signing of the agreement by Bart van de Vorst, General Manager of Van den Bosch DMCC,
and Olivier Vanreusel, Managing Director of STACKS Logistics.
Van den Bosch continues collaboration with UNICEF
January 24, 2019 - Van den Bosch Transporten has extended its collaboration with UNICEF. In 2019 the partnership focuses especially on improving newborn care and nutrition in South Africa. In addition, Van den Bosch supports an innovative project to convert plastic waste into building bricks for schools in Ivory Coast.
UNICEF supports children’s rights all over the world. Van den Bosch has supported the activities of the UN children’s rights organisation since 2011. “As a bulk transporter, we transport raw materials on a daily basis”, CEO Rico Daandels of Van den Bosch explains. “A large part of our organisation is involved in the transport of goods that are processed in our food. Therefore we made a conscious decision to make a connection with the food market. By supporting UNICEF we want to contribute to the improvement of children’s health in developing countries, especially in Africa where we operate on a daily basis.”
Improving newborn care
This years collaboration programme focuses on the improvement of newborn care and nutrition in South Africa. Suzanne Laszlo, Director of UNICEF the Netherlands, stresses the importance: “South Africa is considered as an attractive holiday destination, but the inequality amongst the population is almost the highest in the world. Poverty is a huge problem and makes families and children vulnerable. Newborn mortality covers half of all deaths of babies under twelve months and one third of the deaths under five years old.” With the project ‘Happiness for newborns’, UNICEF works together with the government and local partners on newborn care and nutrition to increase the chances of survival.
Converting plastic waste into building bricks
In addition to that, support is given to the innovative project ‘Recycling Plastic, Creating Schools’. This project focuses on the conversion of plastic waste into building bricks for class rooms in Ivory Coast. In 2019 UNICEF wants to establish the basis for a futureproof waste recycling system. This year, 62 tons of plastic waste will be melt down into building bricks, partly due to the contribution of Van den Bosch. Van den Bosch enables the construction of two classrooms.
“The heavily increased amount of plastic waste is a global problem we should not ignore”, Rico Daandels states. “With the project ‘Recycling Plastic, Creating Schools’, UNICEF will start to recycle plastic waste in a constructive and unique way for the benefit of the local population of the Ivory Coast. It is a promising project and I am proud that we can contribute to get this initiative started.”
For more info visit: www.unicef.nl
Twintig jaar overslagterminal in Bergen op Zoom
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20 november 2018 - Vanuit de overslagterminal aan de Theodorushaven in Bergen op Zoom verzorgt Van den Bosch Transporten sinds 1998 de opslag, overslag en handling van diverse bulkgoederen. In 2018 bestaat de containerterminal precies twintig jaar. “En nog steeds zijn we volop in beweging”, aldus sitemanager Ronald Hamelink.
De overslagterminal aan de Theodorushaven staat vol met containers die op aanvraag worden aangeleverd of afgevoerd voor de opdrachtgevers van ‘OTB’, zoals de containerterminal in de volksmond heet. “Op een gemiddelde dag tellen we hier zo’n 750 tot 1000 containers”, vertelt sitemanager Ronald Hamelink. De containers zijn gevuld met bulkgoederen, voornamelijk met grondstoffen voor de plasticindustrie. Een team van zo’n twintig medewerkers zorgt voor de (tijdelijke) opslag en aanlevering van deze grondstoffen. Ook zijn diverse shuttlediensten opgezet. Daarmee wordt naast het containertransport zorggedragen voor een constante afvoer van het verpakte ‘gereed product’, bijvoorbeeld in de vorm van zakgoed of big bags. “We zorgen er 24/7 voor dat de logistieke activiteiten op en rondom de terreinen van onze klanten optimaal verlopen”, legt Hamelink uit.
Vraag naar opslagcapaciteit
Overslagterminal Bergen op Zoom zag het levenslicht in 1998. Director Procurement Hans Kanters was intensief betrokken bij de start. “We waren al ruim tien jaar actief voor een grote klant in Bergen op Zoom, voor wie we het plastictransport en de aanlevering van grondstoffen verzorgden”, blikt Kanters terug. “Het transport met silocontainers nam steeds verder toe en daarmee ook de vraag naar opslagcapaciteit en efficiëntie. Het was niet langer haalbaar om de containers en chassis op het terrein van de klant op te slaan. Zo ontstond het idee voor een containerterminal, van waaruit het transport en de (tijdelijke) opslag van containers efficiënter georganiseerd konden worden. Ook een andere logistiek dienstverlener had daar destijds behoefte aan. Zodoende besloten we de krachten te bundelen en zijn we gestart in de vorm van een joint venture. Sinds 2015 zijn we volledig eigenaar van de overslagterminal.”
De terminal heeft zich ontwikkeld tot een gevestigde naam en is nog steeds volop in beweging. Zo werden de afgelopen jaren ‘Ultra Safe Tipping Chassis’ ontwikkeld, waarmee een moderne oplossing wordt geboden voor het lossen van bulkgoederen vanuit een 45 voet-container, waarin het product tijdelijk is opgeslagen. Ook is geïnvesteerd in een modern ‘stand alone’-containerkipframe. Daarmee kunnen goederen vanuit de ene container in een ander type container of silowagen worden gestort. Onlangs zijn tevens diverse vloeistofchassis aangekocht voor lokale activiteiten en is de shuttledienst wederom uitgebreid met een nieuwe Terberg trekker. “Met deze investeringen bieden we niet alleen extra capaciteit, maar ook maatwerkoplossingen en bewegen we mee met de groeiende vraag van onze klanten”, motiveert Hamelink.
Enthousiasme en passie
Ook voor de komende periode staan diverse investeringen gepland. Zo wordt de huidige reachstacker, die wordt ingezet voor containerhandling, vervangen door de nieuwe Kalmar DRG450-60S5 K-motion. Deze is voorzien van de meest recente toepassingen op het gebied van veiligheid, geluid en verbruik/uitstoot. Ook krijgen het hekwerk, de poorten, het terrein en het kantoor binnenkort een upgrade. “Dankzij deze investeringen kunnen we het terrein efficiënter gebruiken en zijn we klaar voor de komende twintig jaar”, vervolgt Hamelink. Hij is trots op de ontwikkelingen, maar bovenal op het team. “Onze medewerkers zijn de drijvende kracht achter de containerterminal. Het zijn stuk voor stuk professionals die dagelijks met veel enthousiasme en passie te werk gaan. De meeste collega’s werken hier al jaren en daar ben ik trots op. We gaan het jubileum dan ook samen vieren.”
Hamelink is van plan de shuttlediensten de komende jaren verder uit te breiden om mee te bewegen met de groeiende vraag naar logistieke activiteiten in en rondom Bergen op Zoom. “Het is onze ambitie om alle ‘on-site’-logistiek te verzorgen voor onze opdrachtgevers. Van het aanvoeren van grondstoffen tot het opslaan en overslaan van goederen en het afvoeren van het verpakte gereed product. Daarbij schuilt de meerwaarde in onze flexibiliteit. Doordat we ook fysiek aanwezig zijn op locatie, kunnen we snel schakelen en onze klanten compleet ontzorgen op logistiek gebied. We zorgen er al twintig jaar voor dat ‘het voor elkaar komt’ en dat blijven we doen.”
Successful Broekema Bulk takeover
September 24, 2018 - Nearly three months ago, Van den Bosch has taken over the company Broekema Bulk. This resulted in further expansion of the dry bulk activities, especially in the field of transport with pressurized containers. “Thanks to the expansion of our fleet, we have grown into the largest pressurized container carrier on the European market”, says Commercial Director Paul van de Vorle.
Van de Vorle is satisfied about the Broekema Bulk takeover. “With the takeover, we aimed to realize further growth of our dry bulk activities in Europe. Just like Van den Bosch, Broekema developed into a strong player in pressurized container transport. There is a growing demand for this specialism, for example for the transport of powders which cannot simply be unloaded by a pressureless container.”
Growth in the United Kingdom
The past months were dominated by the integration of activities, from welcoming new customers, suppliers and employees to preparing the equipment and the implementation of the activities. “Nearly all activities could be maintained, which is making us proud”, Van de Vorle says. “The takeover resulted in further extension of our dry bulk activities, mainly in the United Kingdom, where Broekema acquired a strong position.”
Strong European network
Also Dirk Broekema is positive about the takeover. “As the owner of Broekema Bulk, the takeover was a big step for me, both from a business and a personal point of view. Now the first phase has been completed, we are able to finetune the integration of the activities and discover our future potential.” Dirk Broekema still is the point of contact for his customers. “They benefit from the extensive intermodal transport network of Van den Bosch in Europe, also in the field of liquid bulk transport. Moreover, various additional services are offered, such as on-site concepts and connectivity solutions.”
Van de Vorle and Broekema aim to realize further growth of the dry bulk activities in Europe. “Both our fleet and our network have grown and we may now call ourselves the largest pressurized container carrier in Europe. With this position we are able to anticipate on the increasing demand for transport of dry bulk goods, aiming specifically at further development of our activities with pressurized containers.”
Take over of Broekema Bulk by Van den Bosch Transporten.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - Van den Bosch Transporten is taking over Broekema Bulk (Nederweert, NL) per July 1, 2018. This has been agreed by CEO Rico Daandels of Van den Bosch Transporten and Director Dirk Broekema of Broekema Bulk.
Just like Van den Bosch Transporten, Broekema Bulk is specialized in road and intermodal bulk transport. Where Van den Bosch Transporten is active in both dry and liquid bulk transport, Broekema Bulk focuses on dry bulk transport, especially feed, minerals, petrochemical products and dedicated food. The work area covers the Benelux, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy and Spain.
42 new Renault Trucks for Van den Bosch
January 9th 2018 - Van den Bosch Transporten has bought 42 new Renault trucks. The Renault Truck T has been chosen. “A full-fledged and lightweight truck with power and convenience going hand in hand”, says CEO Rico Daandels.
Impression of the new Renault trucks
Power and convenience
CEO Rico Daandels is pleased to welcome Renault in the fleet. “We have tested the Renault Truck T extensively and it left a very positive impression. Its low weight combined with the high convenience for the driver, the additional power and the favourable cost price per kilometre convinced us to go for this modern Renault truck.” Ed van Rijswijk, Manager Sales Operations at Renault Trucks Netherlands adds: “We are very proud that Van den Bosch opted for us. Not only confidence in Renault, but also in the BAS Truck Center dealer organization tipped the scales for the Renault trucks. We are looking forward to a pleasant cooperation.”
Extra loading capacity
The new trucks will be deployed for the transport of liquid and dry bulk in Europe. “We are reinforcing our lightweight strategy in the European bulk transport market with this investment”, Rico Daandels explains. “The use of lightweight equipment, such as trucks, containers and chassis, results in a higher payload, enabling the transport of more product volume.” Last year, the fleet was extended with 40ft silo containers, 40ft silo tipper chassis and lightweight 20ft liquid chassis. Investments were also made in connectivity, by equipping all trucks with a Trimble board computer and by providing a Trimble application to subcontractors.
Delivery in February 2018
The new trucks will be delivered by Renault Trucks dealer BAS Truck Center in Veghel. The first trucks are expected to arrive late February 2018.
More info: mediacenter.renault-trucks.com
Van den Bosch expands with flexitanks
22 June 2017 – Van den Bosch has extended its logistic services with flexitanks. In addition to the current availability of tank containers, liquid bulk products can now also be shipped in flexitanks to destinations worldwide.
Shipping liquid bulk products in flexitanks has grown into a popular transport mode. “We notice a growing interest in flexitanks to supplement our current activities. That is why we have decided to extend our services and include flexitanks in our deep sea activities”, says Paul van de Vorle, Director Business Development at Van den Bosch. “In combination with tank containers, we now offer a complete concept for the shipment of liquid bulk products.”
Flexitanks are suitable for the transport of liquid food and chemicals (non-IMO). Popular export products, such as oil, wine, latex and glycerine are already frequently shipped in flexitanks. “From strategic locations in Europe and Africa, flexitanks can be shipped to destinations worldwide”, Van de Vorle explains. “The huge advantage is that flexitanks are for single use only. Therefore, a return load is not required and customers benefit from favourable rates based on one way use.”
Moreover, flexitanks have a capacity up to 24,000 litres, so the payload is significantly higher compared to alternative forms of transport, such as IBCs and drums. It leads to cost savings and a reduced number of transport movements. Moreover, there is no risk of contamination due to the single use. It is also an environmentally friendly way of transport, as flexitanks are fully recyclable.
Flexitanks are a welcome supplement to the current activities of Van den Bosch. Van de Vorle: “Our intermodal activities have seen a strong growth. We now belong to the top ten of bulk transporters in the European market. Next to that, we opened sites in Dubai, Cape Town and Tema (Ghana) over the last few years and expanded our intermodal fleet. By offering flexitanks, we want to further develop our intermodal activities with a focus on Europe and Africa.”
More info: www.vandenbosch.com/flexitanks