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Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics and ALS

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics acquires a majority stake in Abnormal Load Services

8th October 2012

Oslo, Norway and Ittervoort, Netherlands; October 8, 2012 – Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, the global provider of outbound logistics solutions, joins forces with WWL ALS Holding B.V, the specialist in out of gauge transport and supply chain solutions, through the acquisition of a 60% stake in the company.

With this investment in WWL ALS Holding B.V , Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) will be able to offer an improved product to existing and new customers. WWL ALS will become an integrated part of the WWL product offering, adopting the name Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics WWL ALS .

High and heavy rolling equipment: Closing the network gap
The creation of WWL ALS closes an important network gap in terms of offering high-quality, consistent and competitive transport and distribution solutions for high and heavy wheeled and tracked equipment such as agricultural and construction machinery.

Erik Noeklebye, WWL Head of Region Europe, elaborates: “Today OEM’s are forced to look at the supply chain in a fragmented fashion due to a lack of integrated service providers. Ocean transport, land transport, technical services, plant handling, etc are often contracted separately, forcing the OEM to involve a lot of resources to manage a fragmented supply chain, driving costs up and quality down.

Through WWL ALS, we will be able to offer these customers seamless finished vehicle logistics solutions with one customer interface and a global presence.”

Abnormal load, breakbulk and special projects: Integrated multi-modal solutions
Specialising in global out of gauge supply chain solutions, WWL ALS’ competence complements the global network, advanced equipment and tailor-made vessels of WWL.

The combined WWL ALS possesses a strong knowledge of the global heavy lift market, and will be able to offer technical and supply chain expertise, a unique worldwide network of suppliers and agents, as well as land and ocean transport resources to customers across a broad range of industry sectors.

WWL ALS’ CEO René Van De Vin believes the prospects for the company are excellent.
“This opportunity makes perfect sense as both companies serve a global client base. By combining our skills and resources we will open up further opportunities for WWL and WWL ALS’ customers, prospective clients, suppliers and employees.”


About Abnormal Loads Services
WWL ALS ( specialises in the niche market of global “out of gauge supply chain” solutions for sectors including the Construction & Agricultural markets and Special Projects. Founded in 1979, the company has built a formidable reputation specialising in the transportation and supply chain management of abnormal, out of gauge cargo.

With specialist divisions covering Construction & Plant, Renewable Energy, Special Projects & Supply Chain Management, WWL ALS has developed a global network providing solutions from blue chip manufacturers to freight forwarders, distributors and end users requiring specialist expertise for break bulk, project cargo, construction & plant equipment and support services worldwide.

About Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics ( delivers innovative and sustainable global shipping and logistics solutions for manufacturers of cars, trucks, heavy equipment and specialised cargo. WWL has approximately 4,500 employees worldwide and deploys over 60 modern vessels. The company has a strong environmental focus and is an industry leader in developing innovative solutions to reduce its operational impacts on the environment.

Mrs Jillian Peacock
Group Marketing Manager, WWL ALS
Phone : +44 (0) 1482 796214
Mobile: +44 (0) 07738 918821

Anna Larsson
Head of External Communication, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics
Phone Direct: +47 678 257 14
Mobile: +47 48 406 919