Van den Bosch opens branch in Milan
November 14, 2023 - Van den Bosch continues to develop its activities in the Italian market with the opening of a branch in Agrate Brianza, Milan. “In recent years we have achieved considerable growth in the Italian market, partly due to the acquisition of fellow transporter, Gé Simons. Now we are taking the next step by realising our further growth ambition with local representation,” says Paul van de Vorle, Director of Business Development.
Van den Bosch has been active in the Italian market for many years with the intermodal transport of dry and liquid bulk goods for the food and chemical industry. Paul van de Vorle was closely involved in the developments: “We have grown rapidly in the transport of dry bulk goods in recent years – mainly the transport of powders with silo pressure containers. We are now the European market leader. By opening a branch in Italy, we are providing local representation that brings us closer to our customers and enables us to respond better to market developments.”
Growth in dry and liquid bulk
Van den Bosch sees future opportunities in this region for both dry and liquid bulk logistics. Paul van de Vorle: “Not only between Northern Europe and Italy, but also in connecting Southern and Eastern European markets with Italy through rail and short sea solutions. Italy is also an important corridor to North Africa. This will strengthen our deep-sea network and our leading position as a tank operator on the African continent.”
Closer to customers and partners
Manuela Musoni takes on the role of General Manager of the Italian branch. Manuela Musoni has been working in intermodal logistics for over 30 years and has many years of experience in bulk transport. “Personal contact is very important in this market; with the new location we are offering a direct point of contact. Being physically present in Italy brings us closer to our customers and partners and will enable us to intensify our cooperation. In doing so, we are taking our activities to the next level and contributing to Van den Bosch’s strategic ambition. I look forward to helping to realise this.”
Van den Bosch opens new cleaning station in West Africa
November 9, 2023 - Van den Bosch's new cleaning facility in Africa became fully operational on 1 November 2023. The new tank cleaning station will enable the logistics service provider to set up new transport flows from Africa to the rest of the world.
The cleaning station was opened in Abidjan, the biggest city in Ivory Coast, and was built in full compliance with strict European quality standards. It also meets all the food, kosher, and halal cleaning requirements. This is Van den Bosch’s second cleaning station in Africa, following the first one which opened in Ghana in 2016. “With this new facility, we are meeting the high demand in Africa for transporting products in bulk”, says Bart van de Vorst, Managing Director of Van den Bosch DMCC. “Moreover, it reinforces our innovative character, as we are now able to clean locally and thus operate more sustainably.”
“The cleaning station quality standards enable us to focus on sustainability, bulk solutions, and the further development of import and export flows. Until now, it wasn’t always possible to unload and then immediately reload, due to the lack of professional cleaning possibilities in West Africa. The new cleaning operation will help to balance incoming and outgoing transport flows, and will mean less empty running,” says Van de Vorst.
Van den Bosch is working with Lynx Logistics for the new tank cleaning operation, a local partner with extensive experience in forwarding and customs clearance for the mining industry. Ivorian Marc Moukarzel, Director of Lynx Logistics: “The cooperation with Van den Bosch gives us the opportunity to increase our presence in the container industry. We appreciate the keen commitment of Van den Bosch to this partnership, to which both parties are contributing experience and flexibility. I look forward to developing our cooperation further in the future.”
Van den Bosch DMCC manages its deep-sea activities from its Dubai office. It is now one of the biggest tank operators for the food industry in the world. The focus is on the African market, with an emphasis on shipping liquid foodstuffs (such as olive and sunflower oil, ethanol and glucose) in ISO tank containers. Van de Vorst: “With this investment, we are meeting the needs of our customers and the manufacturers in Africa. In this way, we are working on increasing sustainability and connecting Africa with the rest of the world, while continuing to build on our position as The Supply Changer in Bulk.”
Special evening for loyal employees
November 6, 2023 - Van den Bosch honours jubilarians and retirees.
The annual jubilee evening was held at the Van den Bosch Academy in Erp on Friday 3 November. Ten jubilarians and retirees were honoured for their loyal years of service during this evening full of memories.
Van den Bosch CEO Rico Daandels welcomed the celebrators. "That we can be here tonight with ten jubilarians and retirees is something we are very proud of," he said. Daandels thanked the loyal employees for their tireless efforts. "Your passion and energy is invaluable to us," he said.
After an official photo opportunity, the evening could truly begin. One by one, all the jubilarians and pensioners were put in the spotlight. Photos and stories were used to recall fond memories of past years of service.
Henk Timmers has plenty of stories. The retiree started at Van den Bosch in 1998 and drove many international beer transports. "To France, for example, or in Germany. That's the best part of the job: you get to visit so many places. And whenever possible, my wife went along. Because then I could never be late coming home either," laughs the truck driver.
And even after his retirement, Timmers still occasionally climbs into a Van den Bosch truck. "Then I will just drive the English combination to the port in Rotterdam. I never had time for hobbies, but since a few weeks I have been playing darts on Thursday evenings."
Learning the business
The biggest hobby of Emiel van Haren, Operations Director of the Liquid Bulk division, is badminton. But this Friday evening, he skipped out once to attend the jubilee evening. Van Haren has been with Van den Bosch for 25 years, and that's even though he was actually "just coming to learn the ropes".
"My family had their own transport company, I was supposed to go back there after two years. But that went a bit differently." He started in planning and has since progressed to Operations Director. "I feel right at home here. I even met my wife here, who also worked for Van den Bosch."
Turgay Caliskaner had also completely mapped out his path beforehand and managed to stick to it. Caliskaner started in cleaning at Van den Bosch and got his driving licence in the meantime. "That was also the plan: first work and then get my driving licence," he says.
Now he has been with Van den Bosch for 25 years and has been a driver for more than 20. "The freedom is what appeals to me the most. You are basically your own boss in the truck. And I just love driving, during my holidays I also make long trips. I like that."
On to 25
Trainer Marjon Koch also is enjoying herself. Not only her work, but also the evening. "I think this is very unique and special to be put in the limelight like this. If, as a company, you have so many people to put in the spotlight, I think you are doing something very right."
Koch had been with the company for 12.5 years, but as far as she is concerned, she will continue until she reaches 25. " Definitely and if possible even longer. I'm enjoying myself very much. Van den Bosch is a wonderful company."
All jubilarians at a glance:
12,5 years: Marjon Koch, Marcel Verbrugge, Laszlo Lukacs. 25 years: Turgay Caliskaner, Emiel van Haren, Wally lentjes, Chanthy Hem, Berry Helmhout†. Pensioen: Jos Merkx, Henk Timmers, Rene Jongeneel.
Van den Bosch expands cooperation to East Africa and Indian Ocean Islands
September 26, 2023 - Van den Bosch will cooperate with Celero Group from now on. Through this cooperation, the logistics service provider will further expand its network connections in East Africa and the Indian Ocean.
Celero Group was established in 2009 as an independent, logistics provider. They offer a variety of freight forwarding and supply chain solutions. Their strong presence in the African and East Indian transportation sector includes employees and offices in Madagascar, Reunion Island, as well as their home base in Mauritius.
"The expansion into East Africa and the Indian Ocean islands is important for our network," explains Mark Ashton, Commercial Director of Van den Bosch DMCC. Van den Bosch DMCC is based in Dubai, from where all deep-sea shipments are coordinated, and is now among the world's largest tank operators for the food industry.
The collaboration with Celero focuses on liquid bulk logistics for the food industry. "The new regions in our network offer us unique opportunities in terms of supply change for liquid bulk logistics, as we establish connections with both African and European markets. In this, Celero shares our vision and core values, but also offers extensive knowledge, expertise and field experience in the region," Ashton said.
Marc Dalais, Executive Chairman of Celero Group is very optimistic of the partnership with Van den Bosch: “This partnership aligns with the company’s vision and mission of adding value to people in the logistic chain.” Patrice Maury, CEO of the Celero Group, adds: “Through this cooperation, the Celero team consolidates its position as a valuable contributor in the liquid bulk logistics for the food industry as part of our overall strategic path. We are happy to count Van den Bosch as partner and we are confident that this collaboration will help in better serving our clients and stakeholders.”
Van den Bosch again achieves World-class Workspace Global label
April 24, 2023 - Logistics service provider Van den Bosch has once again received the World-class Workplace quality label in the Global category. This independent quality label is awarded annually by research bureau Effectory for good employership. At the beginning of this year, Effectory conducted a survey among the employees of all the Van den Bosch branches. The logistics service provider scores above average compared with other internationally active organisations surveyed.
Holding the quality label in the Global category reflects well on the international course that Van den Bosch is following. Michiel van Kessel, Director Staff Services: "In 2021, we succeeded in obtaining this quality label, based on the assessment by our own employees. We are proud to have obtained the recognition again. Moreover, it’s a confirmation that the course we are set on is contributing to good employment practices and employee engagement."
Learning and development
Learning and development are of paramount importance to Van den Bosch. With its own Academy and programmes in the context of personal development, Van den Bosch never stands still. And with over 800 motivated employees, 12 branches and activities around the world, Van den Bosch is committed every day to providing a challenging and inspiring working environment. Van Kessel: "In recent years, we have worked on important matters such as the onboarding of new employees, leadership development, communication and performance management. We are now getting appreciation back from our employees."
World-class Workplace, formerly known in the Netherlands as 'Best Employers', was introduced by Effectory 15 years ago. It has since grown into the Netherlands' biggest independent quality label for good employment practices. The quality label is free and cannot be bought: organisations can only earn it through a positive assessment by their own employees.
For more information, go to https://worldclassworkplace.com
Supreme Court overturns earlier ruling in Silo Tank case
March 17, 2023 - The Supreme Court today issued a judgment in the lawsuit brought by ten Hungarian drivers against their former employer, Silo Tank Kft.
The judgment of the Supreme Court concerns whether Hungarian drivers should have received Dutch wages for the international transport activities they carried out on behalf of Silo Tank (now Van den Bosch Transport Kft.) in the period 2007-2012.
Hungarian or Dutch wages
On 2 May 2017, the 's-Hertogenbosch Court of Appeal ruled that the drivers were not entitled to Dutch wages. This ruling was overturned by the Supreme Court on 23 November 2018. On 27 July 2021, the Arnhem-Leeuwarden Court of Appeal ruled that the drivers were entitled to Dutch wages.
Annuiment of previous ruling
The Supreme Court today overturned the judgment of the Arnhem-Leeuwarden Court of Appeal of 27 July 2021. This means that the Hungarian drivers are not entitled to claim Dutch wages. The case is being referred to the Amsterdam Court of Appeal. In doing so, the Supreme Court is following the earlier judgment of the Advocate General. The Supreme Court thus overturns the Court of Appeal’s judgment that the Netherlands was the Hungarian drivers' usual country of work.
Confirmation of correct action
Van den Bosch CEO Rico Daandels is pleased with the ruling: "The Supreme Court ruling confirms that we acted correctly and that the drivers have always been paid appropriately." According to Daandels, the ruling once again proves the complexity of this matter - not only within this case, but across the sector. Moreover, the case is harming the industry's image. "We are now 10 years on and unfortunately have to conclude that the attitude and tone of the Trade Union Federation (FNV) have been polarising and damaging to the sector."
Job Event 18 March 2023 - Van den Bosch technical services
March 10, 2023 - Logistics service provider Van den Bosch will open the doors of the technical service in Erp on Saturday 18 March. During this Job Event, anyone interested in a technical challenge can take a look around the workshop without obligation.
Curious about the day-to-day work of Van den Bosch's mechanics and technical specialists? Visit us on 18 March and they will give you a good look around and be ready to answer all your questions. The technical service is the beating heart of Van den Bosch. In the workshop, the team carries out maintenance & repairs to trucks, containers, trailers and the associated equipment, so that all our drivers can safely head out on the road.
From mechanics to technical specialists
The technical team is looking for new colleagues: from mechanics to technical specialists and apprentice mechanics. “Whether you're looking for an immediate new challenge or want to get a feel for a future in technology and mechanics, everyone is welcome on 18 March”, says Simon Romanek, workshop manager at the technical service in Erp.
What makes working at Van den Bosch's technical department different from other technical jobs? Simon Romanek explains: “We don't have traditional breakdown services. You won't find warranty files with us either. You work in a well-equipped workshop with professional colleagues and directly contribute to safety and quality. But above all, you keep our global equipment moving. This is crucial because without logistics everything would grind to a halt.”
The Job Event will take place on Saturday 18 March, from 9 am - 1 pm. Address: Hoogven 12 in Erp. Registration is not necessary. For more information, go to https://career.vandenbosch.com
Van den Bosch invests in deep-sea activities
January 27, 2023 - Van den Bosch is expanding its deep-sea activities with the purchase of 500 additional 20 ft tank containers. These ISO tank containers were immediately put into use, which enables the logistics service provider to respond to the growing demand from the African market for deep-sea transport with ISO tanks for the food industry.
Van den Bosch runs its deep-sea activities from its branch in Dubai and is now one of the world's largest tank operators for the food industry. The focus is on the African market with an emphasis on shipping liquid food products, such as olive and sunflower oil, ethanol, glucose and whisky, in ISO tank containers. ‘We have been active in Africa since 2014, with a particular focus on developments in the continent’, says Mark Ashton, Commercial Director of Van den Bosch in Dubai. ‘Over the years, we have grown with the increasing demand for bulk transport. The purchase of these 500 additional containers reflects that and will support our growth model within Africa.’
Much of Africa still operates in the traditional way, whereby products are shipped in small packages or flexitanks. As The Supply Changer in Bulk, Van den Bosch focuses on setting up and redirecting traditional transport flows to bulk transport. ‘ISO tank containers offer an efficient, reliable and sustainable alternative’, says Ashton. ‘Through our current operations in countries such as Ghana, Ivory Coast and Nigeria, we’ve noticed the need for such a sustainable transport solution.’
‘Investment in the region offers us opportunities to develop further in the African market’, says Ashton. ‘This includes countries such as Cameroon, Senegal, Togo and even Sierra Leone. The focus is now on establishing a reliable and available supply of ISO tank containers in these countries. That is the key to sustainable change.’
New cleaning station Ivory Coast
Further investment in the African market translates into the construction of new tank cleaning facilities on the African continent. A new tank cleaning station is opening in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, following the cleaning station that opened in Ghana in 2016. According to Ashton: ‘For bulk transport to take place, ISO tanks must be available that comply with the proper cleaning requirements. The new cleaning station will be built in full compliance with European quality standards for food, Kosher and Halal cleaning.’ The cleaning station is expected to open in the second quarter of 2023.
Van den Bosch takes over part of Gé Simons activities
October 11, 2022 - Van den Bosch will take over part of the activities of fellow carrier Gé Simons Internationaal Transport in Hilvarenbeek, with effect from 14 November 2022. The agreement was concluded between Rico Daandels, CEO of Van den Bosch, and Frank Simons, owner of Gé Simons.
Like Van den Bosch, Gé Simons Internationaal Transport was founded in 1964. Starting with one truck, the company has grown over the past decades into an internationally operating logistics service provider. The activities include the intermodal transport of dry bulk goods with silo pressurised containers to the Italian market.
European growth strategy
The acquisition concerns the activities of Gé Simons that focus on the transport of dry bulk goods. This means that Van den Bosch is further expanding its transport network on the European market. "Gé Simons' strong focus on Italy is in line with our European growth strategy as an intermodal logistics service provider. The acquisition will strengthen our position on the Italian market and develop our dry bulk activities further," says Rico. In recent years, Van den Bosch has invested heavily in expansion in the dry bulk segment and is now the European market leader in silo pressure container transport.
Dry bulk activities
The dry bulk activities will continue under the flag of Van den Bosch and will be integrated into the company’s branches. The acquisition concerns, among other things, the container fleet, consisting of 40ft silo pressure containers and various trucks, trailers and chassis.
All the employees involved, both drivers and office workers, will become part of Van den Bosch. Rico: "I am delighted that Frank Simons' team will stay on board and add their expertise to our organisation." Frank agrees: "I am proud of the fact that we now have the right party to whom we can entrust our employees and customers. Thanks to the acquisition, they will benefit from the extensive European network, capacity and expertise that Van den Bosch has built up over the past decades."
Photo Gé Simons truck : Jan vd Vlist
Second career event on September 28, 2022
September 14, 2022 - Van den Bosch organizes second career event
After a successful first edition in June, logistics service provider Van den Bosch is organizing another career event in September at the Van den Bosch Academy in Erp. In order to introduce both new and experienced talent to the challenging world of bulk logistics, the doors of the in-house training center will be opened again.
“During the career event, potential employees will have the opportunity to get acquainted with our organization and teams in a low-threshold manner,” says Michiel van Kessel, Director Staff Services. “Good matches were created during the first edition of the career event and we were able to welcome a number of new employees to our organization. Everyone who is interested in Van den Bosch is welcome on Wednesday 28 September between 5 pm and 7 pm.”
Van den Bosch will be highlighted throughout the event, from management to operation. Van Kessel: “Employees from the various departments are present, giving visitors the opportunity to ask specific questions directly. There are also plenty of opportunities for students looking for an internship.”
The Van den Bosch Academy
The Van den Bosch Academy is the knowledge center of Van den Bosch, where theory and practice come together. In the Academy, drivers and transport partners are trained daily to become experts in bulk logistics. All new employees also receive extensive introductory training in this inspiring learning environment.
For information about the event or working at Van den Bosch, go to career.vandenbosch.com
The Van den Bosch Academy is located at Bussele 30 in Erp.
First career event on June 1, 2022
May 16, 2022 - Van den Bosch opens doors for new talent ....
Have you always wanted to take a look at Van den Bosch ? Or learn more about the world of bulk logistics ? Then this is your chance ! On June 1, 2022, Van den Bosch will organise the very first career event at the Van den Bosch Academy in Erp from 5 pm until 7 pm.
Get to know the inspiring world of bulk logistics. The world of bulk has many facets that you can learn all about at this interactive career event. Whether you are looking for a new challenge right now or just want to meet the teams that shape our organisation: everyone is welcome to visit our very first career event.
Get to know us with no strings attached
“In this way, we want to give potential employees a glimpse of Van den Bosch in a very accessible way,” says Michiel van Kessel, Director Staff Services. “ We do not work with time slots, a fixed programme or registration. Between 17:00 and 19:00, everyone who is interested in Van den Bosch is welcome to walk in. It offers the chance to get to know us with no strings attached. Even if there is no suitable vacancy for you at the moment, but the visitor is interested in the career possibilities”.
From ICT specialist to graduation internship
During the event, Van den Bosch will be highlighted in its entirety, from management to operations. “Every talent is welcome, from ICT specialist to planners and drivers. Also if you are looking for a (graduation) internship or a work placement,” says Van Kessel. “That is why every department is represented at the event by various employees. They will share their story, talk about the day-to-day business and answer any questions.
A glimpse inside the Academy
It is the first time the Academy is open to the public since the in-house training centre opened in March 2021. Van Kessel: “I am looking forward to meeting people again. It is nice to be able to show something of our organisation, especially in a setting of over five hundred square metres where theory and practice come together. In the current labour market, I am convinced that such meetings are important. That you can welcome people to such a special place as the Academy is extra special.”
For information about the event or working at Van den Bosch, go to career.vandenbosch.com
The Van den Bosch Academy is located at Bussele 30 in Erp.
Ground-operated manhole cover ready for use
March 28, 2022 - Safety in the supply chain has the highest priority for Van den Bosch. Towards the end of 2020, we introduced the first ground-operated manhole covers to prevent unnecessary work at height and increase product safety. The system has been tested intensively in the past period and is ready for use.
“As logistics service provider we are continuously searching for new ways to work smarter and safer”, says Barry Gruijters, Operations Director division Dry Bulk at Van den Bosch. “In cooperation with our development partner Etec, we searched for a safer alternative to the manhole cover on top of the silo trailers and containers. The result is this ground-operated manhole cover, with which we equipped our first silo trailers in 2020. This manhole cover is unique in the bulk sector and is developed exclusively for Van den Bosch.”
Prevention of working at height
The manhole cover is completely ground-level controlled and pneumatically operated (by air pressure), cutting out unnecessary working at heights. Furthermore, these covers are quicker and easier to open and close than the regular version. “With this new generation of manhole covers, we are taking the next step in the field of safe working and increasing product safety”, explains Gruijters.
Ready to use
The manhole covers have been intensively tested and further developed over the past period. Gruijters: “The system works well, and the safety benefits are clearly visible in practice. The work can not only be performed more safely, but also faster. Leaks are prevented because the cover can only be closed in one way. Moreover, the cover cannot be opened without access to the controls. We combine innovation with safety, thereby setting a new standard in the supply chain.”
This is how the ground-operated manhole cover works:
Release new Corporate Movie
February 16, 2022 - As The Supply Changer in Bulk, Van den Bosch is always moving forward. We proudly present our brand new Corporate Movie: a unique insight into the fascinating world of bulk logistics.
Logistics is no longer simply about transport. Van den Bosch believes it is also about data, insight and knowledge. By approaching the supply chain in a smarter way, we drive sustainable change within the sector.
Discover our story
Watch our brand new Corporate Movie and take a look into the fascinating world of bulk logistics. From the very beginning in 1964, to the products, markets and innovations of today. Sustainability, quality & safety and the Academy are also an important part of this movie, as well as our employees, partners and business relations. Because you cannot change the world of bulk logistics on your own. You have to do this together, as Supply Changers in Bulk.
Opening new office : The Factory
February 01, 2022 - Van den Bosch has opened its new office: The Factory. The building will serve, among other things, as the new office of online platform Bulkio. The former steam dairy on the Molentiend in Erp previously housed the Van den Bosch Experience, the knowledge centre of the logistics service provider.
The Experience was repurposed when Van den Bosch opened a completely new knowledge centre at Bussele 30 in Erp in March 2021: the Van den Bosch Academy. Following renovation, the former Experience now has a new layout with multiple office spaces and meeting rooms. However, the history of the unique heritage building is not lost, preserved among other things in the name 'The Factory', in reference to the old milk factory.
Van den Bosch launched the digital matching platform Bulkio in April 2021. For several years, Van den Bosch sent transport orders to over 800 bulk carriers via the successful online platform FreightMatch. Since April 2021, the digital platform has been operating independently with a new market approach under the name Bulkio, supported by the experience of Van den Bosch.
The matching platform has developed strongly in recent years. “Our location in The Factory is a symbol of our present and future growth,” says Pirke van den Elsen, managing director at Bulkio. “We offer a unique market approach and service to bulk shippers and carriers with a highly automated platform. Bulkio sees a promising future in this, and the new office will contribute to it – we are ready for further growth.”
More info: www.bulkio.com
Festive opening of The Factory by managing director Pirke van den Elsen of Bulkio and CEO Rico Daandels of Van den Bosch.
Van den Bosch honours jubilarians and retirees
October 27, 2021 - It’s a tradition at Van den Bosch: every year jubilarians and retiring employees are put in the spotlight. Because of the pandemic, last year’s party was cancelled, but the 2020 jubilees were celebrated last Friday as well. Extra special: the party took place in the brand new Van den Bosch Academy.
No less than seventeen employees, with a total of 411 years of service between them, were invited to this evening together with their partners and managers. Eight of them celebrated their 12.5-year anniversary, while three have been with us for 25 years and one for even 40 years. Five drivers are now enjoying their well-deserved retirement.
At the Van den Bosch Academy in Erp, a special programme awaited the guests, including buffet, drinks and personal tributes. Before the evening got underway, CEO Rico Daandels first expressed his gratitude. "It's fantastic that we have so many people in the company who are proud to work for Van den Bosch. And that they keep going with unconditional passion and energy. They make our company that bit more admirable every day."
Daandels emphasised that it’s the employees who have brought the company this far. But not without their other halves. "Only thanks to your partners was this performance possible and we as an organisation were able to progress. Hats off!"
Work as a hobby
The jubilarian with the most years of service is Evert Bergers (61), who also met the love of his life at work: Annemarie. Evert started at Van den Bosch in 1980, at the insistence of his father. "I have two boys here who say they can drive a truck. Can you do anything with them?', my dad asked Ad van den Bosch. Now here I am. And if it's up to me, I'll still be with this great company when I’m 110. My work is my hobby, so I can easily keep it up for a few more years."
Still a family firm
Someone else who wants to reach the forty years of service milestone is 56-year-old Carlo Meeuwsen. This driver in heart and soul has clocked up 26 years so far. "Whatever happens, this is a lovely evening, with a lot of appreciation being shown," beams Carlo, whose son Wesley also works at Van den Bosch. "It's a giant of a company, but still a true family firm. Problems at home? Then they are squarely behind you."
The book can be closed
A lot has changed for Henk van den Berg this year, because he has exchanged the truck for his pension. "Reading a newspaper in the morning at my leisure - that's wonderful. I also have plenty of time to play golf and for my rabbits, and our grandson often comes to visit. After this special evening, which makes me feel really appreciated, the book can be closed. I've had some very good years, but now it's time for another, equally good period."
New opportunity, new energy
Sara van Bree's week also looks different these days. She has been employed for 12.5 years, mainly as a receptionist. "After roughly twelve years, I was ready for a new challenge," she says. "So I knocked on HR's door and asked whether they could offer me that within the company. And, yes - I was given an opportunity in the Marketing department. Now I’m full of new energy, which I mainly get from concept-based jobs and event organisation. I'm completely at home here!"
From left to right: Wieslaw Jan Kaminski, Sara van Bree, Peter van den Bosch, Carlo Meeuwsen, Theo Romijnders, Henk van den Berg, Martin van den Munckhof, Mari van den Akker, Paul Vrugt, Robert Sleegers, Jos van der Putten, Judit Eder, Jeffrey Kranenbroek, Joelle Pennings, Evert Bergers, Rico Daandels, Anton Tacken, Nikki Goossens and Marthy van der Pas.
Not on the photo: Jaap van der Vlies, Pascal van Ginneken, Jan Martens, Ed Vuik and Jos Groote
Van den Bosch acquires TCS Trans Barcelona
October 6, 2021 - Van den Bosch has acquired transport company TCS Trans in Barcelona as of 4 October 2021. TCS Trans is a pioneer in intermodal transport in Spain, with a focus on dry bulk for the petrochemical industry. "Spain is a growth market with a lot of potential. With this acquisition, we are taking the next step in developing our intermodal network in southern Europe," says Rico Daandels, CEO of Van den Bosch.
TCS Trans is an established name in Spain. The company was founded in 1958 by the Castellet San Miguel family and was one of the first Spanish companies to use intermodal transport. Today, TCS leads the intermodal transport market in Spain. The core activity involves the transport of dry bulk, such as PVC powder and granulate, for the petrochemical industry. The company is also active in the bulk transport of liquids and gases. From its office in Barcelona, TCS mainly serves the Spanish and Italian markets, and invests in the development of the intermodal network. The company owns fifty percent of Multirail, a leading private rail operator in Spain. It also has a share in the intermodal transport company Combiberia, the Iberian market leader in rail transport.
Juan Castellet San Miguel (CEO TCS Trans) and Rico Daandels (CEO Van den Bosch) sign the agreement.
With the acquisition of TCS Trans, Van den Bosch is committed to further development of the intermodal network in Southern Europe. CEO Rico Daandels: "As a logistics service provider, we have gained a strong position in European logistics. With the acquisition of TCS, we are taking the next step in developing our intermodal network. We have been investing significantly in the Spanish market in recent years, as the demand for intermodal bulk transport is increasing and offers a lot of potential. Thanks to the acquisition, we will now also have a physical presence and will be pooling our strengths. From Barcelona, we will now be offering solutions for both dry and liquid bulk for the food and chemical industry."
Market leader in pressurised silo containers
Van den Bosch is acquiring the shares of TCS Trans. The activities will continue under the same name from the present office in Barcelona. The 40 employees will be retained. The fleet, consisting of 30 trucks, over 300 containers and 100 trailers & chassis, is also part of the transaction. More than two-thirds of the fleet consists of pressurised silo containers for the transport of chemical raw materials which have to be unloaded under pressure. Van den Bosch is European market leader in this specialism and the acquisition will strengthen its position in southern Europe.
Juan Castellet San Miguel, CEO of TCS Trans, is pleased with the takeover. "It means that our customers will benefit from Van den Bosch's network, capacity and knowledge. In recent years, Van den Bosch has built up a strong intermodal network on the European market and, in addition to solutions for dry bulk, also offers liquid bulk transport on a large scale. By pooling our strengths, we can now offer our customers a complete bulk transport solution. Our customers will also benefit from the latest possibilities in the field of automation, technology and data exchange in the supply chain."
Juan Castellet San Miguel will continue as General Manager of the branch in Spain. His brother Eduardo will also remain operationally and commercially responsible.
Renault Low Deck
October 1, 2021 - The first three brand new Renault Low Deck trucks were handed over at the headoffice in Erp today.
The new vehicles are equipped with all safety and comfort systems, such as an emergency brake assistant and parking air conditioner. The trucks are versatile because they are equipped with hydraulics and an RTI Dry unloading compressor for unloading our 40ft silo containers. The trucks are also used for the lock chassis with high cube containers.
Van den Bosch expands its deep sea activities
September 21, 2021 - Van den Bosch is expanding its deep sea activities with five hundred new 20ft tank containers and a cleaning station in Ivory Coast. In doing so, the logistics service provider is meeting the growing demand for deep sea transport using ISO tanks for the food industry.
Van den Bosch is one of the biggest bulk transporters of liquid foodstuffs in the world. A major part of the activities concerns the shipment of liquid foodstuffs in ISO tank containers for the African market, such as cacao, shea butter, olive oil, sunflower oil, ethanol and wine. "With the purchase of five hundred extra containers, we are paving the way for further growth," says Bart van de Vorst, Managing Director of Van den Bosch in Dubai from where the deep sea activities are coordinated. “We expect to complete delivery of the new batch of tank containers in the second quarter of 2022.”
From small packaging to bulk transport
As The Supply Changer in Bulk, Van den Bosch focuses on setting up and converting traditional transport flows into bulk transport. "In Africa, for example, a lot of work is still done in the traditional way. Products are shipped in small packaging or in flexitanks," says Van de Vorst. "This takes an excessive amount of time and labour and is not the most environment-friendly solution. With the choice of bulk transport in ISO tank containers, we are offering an efficient, reliable and sustainable transport solution. This is making a real difference for our customers, especially given the current market situation. In addition to the aforementioned advantages, ISO tanks are also a welcome solution to the shortage of shipping containers."
New cleaning station in Ivory Coast
Following the tank cleaning station that has opened in Ghana in 2016, Van den Bosch is expected to open a second cleaning station in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, in the second quarter of next year. "We have invested heavily in the African continent in recent years. With the opening of this cleaning station, we are meeting the demand of our customers," says Van de Vorst. The cleaning station was constructed in accordance with the strict European quality standards and also meets all the conditions for Kosher and Halal cleaning. "Previously, it wasn’t always possible to take back a return load due to a lack of professional cleaning possibilities. The new cleaning station ensures a better balance between incoming and outgoing transport flows, and therefore fewer empty transport movements. In this way, we are working on increased sustainability and connecting Africa with the rest of the world."
Update on Silo Tank lawsuit
July 29, 2021 - The Arnhem-Leeuwarden Court of Appeal delivered its judgment on Tuesday 27 July in the lawsuit brought by ten Hungarian drivers against their former employer, Silo Tank Kft.
The judgment of the Arnhem-Leeuwarden Court concerns whether Hungarian drivers should have received Dutch wages for the international transport activities they carried out on behalf of Silo Tank (now Van den Bosch Transport Kft.) in the period 2007 – 2012.
On 2 May 2017, the Court of Appeal 's-Hertogenbosch ruled that the drivers are not entitled to Dutch wages. The transports carried out by the drivers took place only to a small extent in the Netherlands and for the most part abroad. The Court also found it relevant that the drivers lived in Hungary and had their financial and social obligations in that country.
The ten drivers in question then lodged an appeal and the case was referred by the Supreme Court to the Arnhem-Leeuwarden Court of Appeal. On 27 July 2021, the Arnhem-Leeuwarden Court of Appeal annulled the judgment of the Gerechtshof 's Hertogenbosch of 2 May 2017. The Court of Arnhem-Leeuwarden has ruled that the drivers concerned are entitled to Dutch wages.
Van den Bosch has taken note of the judgment and will examine it further. In an initial response, CEO Rico Daandels stated that he did not fully comprehend the Court's reasoning. Daandels questions whether it relates to the earlier ruling of the European Court of Justice on 1 December 2020 in the case brought by trade union FNV against Van den Bosch Transporten BV. "The Arnhem-Leeuwarden Court of Appeal’s judgment attaches great importance to the group relationship, whereas this was not relevant in the earlier ruling of the European Court of Justice."
Advanced air dryer counters condensation
May 27, 2021 - How do you keep condensation out of a silo trailer and prevent the growth of bacteria and germs? Barry Gruijters, Operations Director Division Dry Bulk at Van den Bosch, has worked extensively on this issue. The solution lies in an innovation that he developed together with Ants Technology & Consulting: a high-quality air dryer to improve the air quality in the silo trailer.
The air dryer is equipped with an active carbon filter. This means that the incoming air is filtered, so that it’s of better quality than the outside air which is still present in the trailer from the loading process. Gruijters explains: "The system sucks in outside air, filters and dries this air and then blows it into the trailer. The unfiltered and potentially moist air in the trailer is discharged. In this way, we improve the air quality in the trailer and prevent condensation. This reduces the risk of residual loading and prevents the growth of bacteria or germs."
Hygiene and food safety
The first trailer is now fitted with the air dryer and ready for the test phase. A lot of attention has been paid to hygiene and food safety (such as preventing protruding parts and unevenness) and to the use of food-grade materials. The trailer is also equipped with sensors. "Among other things, these measure the moisture value of the incoming and outgoing air and are connected to a data logger with which we can analyse the data during and after testing," says Gruijters. The air dryer is active during transport and also operates when parked (if connected to power).
Milk powder and flour
The air dryer is used for the transport of dry bulk goods for the food industry. "You especially want to keep hygroscopic products such as milk powder and flour completely dry, to guarantee product quality and functionality", continues Gruijters. "With the development of this air dryer, we are raising the standard in the market. This type of system is currently only used for the dedicated transport of flour. But our design has a much broader application and focuses not only on drying, but also on air quality. This gives us the advantage in the area of food safety."
The test trailer has now been put into service and is used for the transport of flour. Following this test period, the air dryer will be further developed in consultation with interested parties.
Van den Bosch takes over Tankspeed Logistics activities
April 7, 2021 - Van den Bosch will take over the activities of Tankspeed Logistics Ltd in Newport (South Wales) from 10 April 2021. With this acquisition, Van den Bosch is strengthening its leading position in the intermodal transport of dry bulk products in Europe.
Tankspeed Logistics was founded in 2005 as Tankspeed-Fraikin by Mitzi Walker and Manfred Fraikin. Since 2015, all shares have been owned by Managing Director Mitzi Walker, with the company operating under the name Tankspeed Logistics. The core business consists of the transport of dry bulk products for the chemical industry, such as PVC powder and minerals. These activities take place in the United Kingdom and between the Benelux and the UK.
Market leader in pressurised silo containers
In recent years, Van den Bosch has invested in expanding its dry bulk activities in Europe, particularly in pressurised silo containers. Tankspeed Logistics also focuses on this specific segment. "With the acquisition of Tankspeed Logistics, we are strengthening our position as the market leader in transport with pressurised silo containers in Europe and are committed to further developing our business in the UK", says Barry Gruijters, Operations Director division Dry Bulk at Van den Bosch.
The activities of Tankspeed Logistics will be continued by Van den Bosch. The takeover expands the fleet with various 30ft and 40ft pressurised silo containers. As Commercial Manager, Walker will remain closely involved in the operation. Gruijters explains: "Tankspeed Logistics is known for its high-quality service provision. Mitzi Walker's network and experience will be of great significance to the continued success and further development of the activities. With Mitzi on board, we have every confidence in the realisation of our growth ambitions in the UK market."
Walker is equally excited about the takeover of activities by Van den Bosch. Tankspeed Logistics customers will benefit from the network, capacity and expertise of a logistics multinational. “I am delighted to be working with Van den Bosch to optimise our strengths and experience. Tankspeed Logistics and Van den Bosch have been working together for a number of years. I have seen how Van den Bosch has grown its business, especially in the UK, and have seen impressive innovations in the bulk sector. I envisage a prosperous and ongoing relationship with customers and suppliers, while supporting the ongoing development to grow our business.”
Mitzi Walker and Barry Gruijters
Van den Bosch opens new Academy
March 25, 2021 - With a symbolic champagne baptism of the silo container in front of the building, Van den Bosch has officially opened its brand new Academy. In this modern training facility at Bussele 30 in Erp, theory and practice come together in an inspiring environment, where the world of bulk logistics really comes to life. The festive opening was performed by CEO Rico Daandels and Director Staff Services Michiel van Kessel, and can be viewed online : https://academy.vandenbosch.com/en
The Van den Bosch Academy is the company’s in-house training centre. Here, the knowledge and experience gained in recent decades is used to teach employees and transport partners to become experts in bulk logistics.
Quality and safety
"Quality and safety are major themes in the new Academy", says Michiel van Kessel, Director Staff Services at Van den Bosch and responsible for Learning & Development. "Bulk transport is a science in itself. This means that our drivers are not 'just' drivers. They must have specialist knowledge and that also applies to our office-based staff and our technical department. In our new Academy, we train every colleague for his or her specific job."
Experience and interaction
Theory and practice come together in an inspiring setting of more than five hundred square metres. Various practice setups with transport equipment and tools are situated around a glass theory room. "A silo container, a tank container, a four-meter high structure for working at height, and much more", says Theo van Helvoort. As Project Manager, he was intensively involved in the realisation of the Academy. "We know from experience that employees and partners develop most effectively by experiencing the process themselves. All the steps of the bulk transport process are therefore dealt with both in theory and in practice. From safe working and sealing, to loading/unloading and product knowledge. Experience and interaction are central."
Making a difference
The new Academy is an important part of the growth strategy that Van den Bosch presented recently. As 'The Supply Changer in Bulk', Van den Bosch is aiming to bring sustainable change to the sector. Van Kessel adds: "We will continue to challenge and develop ourselves as leaders of the sector. With the new Academy, we are taking learning and development to the next level, challenging employees and partners to make a difference every day."
Watch the opening ceremony, digital tour and reactions from various stakeholders on academy.vandenbosch.com.
The Van den Bosch Academy is located at Bussele 30 in Erp. The new Academy replaces the former training facility, which was located next to the head office in Erp.
Ten-year partnership UNICEF and Van den Bosch
February 18, 2021 - Van den Bosch extends its cooperation with UNICEF the Netherlands. In 2021, the 10-year partnership will focus on combating child malnutrition in Burundi through the Maman Lumière programme. Besides this, Van den Bosch is again supporting the innovative Plastic Bricks project, under which plastic waste is transformed into building blocks for classrooms in Ivory Coast.
As a logistics service provider, Van den Bosch operates the transport of raw materials in Europe, but also in Africa, where food transport forms a large part of the activities. The continent also features prominently in UNICEF’s activities. For that reason Van den Bosch chose to enter into partnership with the UN Children's Rights Organisation in 2011. CEO Rico Daandels explains: "Being active in the African market, issues such as malnutrition and children's rights are of immediate concern to us. That is why we are fulfilling our social responsibility by making a serious contribution to various development projects, such as Plastic Bricks, and now also Maman Lumière."
Mamans Lumières combat malnutrition
Despite the very fertile soil, Burundi has the highest percentage of chronically malnourished children in the world. Through the Maman Lumière programme, UNICEF enlists local role model mothers to combat malnutrition. These mothers learn about healthy food and are given seeds to plant nutrient-rich vegetable gardens. They then share these skills and knowledge with mothers in the area. "In 2021, our support will go to this special project, through which we will make a clear connection with the food market", says Daandels. "With our support, we are aiming to make a meaningful contribution to tackling malnutrition and assisting the Mamans Lumières."
Plastic waste as building blocks for classrooms
Besides that, there is continuing support of the innovative development project, Plastic Bricks. This plastic recycling programme focuses on converting plastic waste into building blocks for classrooms in Ivory Coast. In that country, more than one and a half million children are unable to attend school because there simply are not enough classrooms. Furthermore, the country is very polluted because only five percent of all the plastic is recycled. But now that mothers and young people are collecting the plastic waste and selling it at a good price to the factory, they are being taken out of poverty and the waste is being recycled. The project achieved excellent results in 2020. 295 tons of plastic waste was recycled, resulting in 56 classrooms being built with recycled plastic building blocks. As a result, 2800 children can now go to school.
Van den Bosch has had a strategic partnership with UNICEF Netherlands since 2011. Over the past decade, we supported various development projects in Africa. Support for tackling malnutrition in Mozambique is one example of this. Successful results have been achieved: in 2016, infant mortality was down 66% compared with 1990. Support for the Football for Water project in Ghana also produced positive results. This programme is aimed at providing safe drinking water and clean toilets in schools. "We are proud of the results achieved and look forward to our further cooperation with UNICEF the Netherlands and the promising projects we support", concludes Daandels.
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
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