Hellmann acquires Italian partner as it looks to Mediterranean expansion

Jens Tarnowski, Daniela Coppola and Andreas Lamping, Hellmann. Source: Hellmann

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics is taking over its Italian partner as it continues to expand its European operations.

Milan-based Hellmann Italy employs approximately 70 people at six locations and has been providing air and seafreight services to Hellmann since it was founded in 2006.

Hellmann said the deal would help it expand into an important European logistics market, complement its network in the central Alpine region and strengthen its presence in the Mediterranean.

The operational business in Italy will continue to be managed by Daniela Coppola, who is managing director of Hellmann Italy.

Jens Tarnowski, regional chief executive West Europe, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, said: “The organic integration of Hellmann Italy into the global Hellmann network will enable us to even better exploit the potential of the Italian market and tap into new market segments.”

Coppola added: “After years of working together as partners, the integration is an important strategic step towards strengthening Hellmann Italy in the long term and enabling us to operate on an even more global scale. The integration will also enable us to offer our customers an even more attractive product range.”

It is the company’s second European deal of the year.

In June, Hellmann announced the takeover of its long-standing Slovakian and Czech air- and seafreight partner, PKZ Group, while it also set up its own Slovakian national company.

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Damian Brett

Damian Brett
I have been writing about the freight and logistics industry since 2007 when I joined International Freighting Weekly to cover the shipping sector. After a stint in PR, I have gone on to work for Containerisation International and Lloyds List - where I was editor of container shipping - before joining Air Cargo News in 2015. Contact me on [email protected]