The Boettger Group takes over Laabs

29.09.2017 – Duisburg/Berlin. Imperial Logistics International is selling Laabs GmbH, Spedition, Hildesheim. The Boettger Group, Berlin, will become the new owner. Laabs, which will remain a separate brand, will be assigned to Fernlast Spedition GmbH & Co. KG, part of the Boettger Group. The acquisition strengthens Braunschweig-based Fernlast’s market position in the field of food transportation.

Founded in 1949, Fernlast Spedition is one of the leading companies in the transportation of white, liquid and granulated raw materials for the food industry. The acquisition of Laabs means Fernlast Spedition will almost double the number of tank and silo trailers it operates daily to 170 units. “With Laabs, we are able to bundle our strengths to better meet the changing market demand for bulk liquid food transportation and offer customers the right solutions,” Alexander Mock, managing partner of Industrie- und Handelsunion Dr. Wolfgang Boettger GmbH & Co. KG, said of the contract, which was signed in Berlin on 27 September.

“In the Boettger Group, Laabs has found a new owner whose service portfolio it complements in the best possible way," said Carsten Taucke, CEO of Imperial Logistics International. The parties have agreed not to disclose the details of the contract. Following the completion of the transaction on 31 October 2017, Laabs and Fernlast Spedition will work closely together under joint management.

Laabs GmbH, Spedition, which was founded in 1945, has specialized in the transportation of dark liquid goods for the food industry since 1968 and was taken over by Imperial Logistics International in 2007.

Boettger Group

The Boettger Group, which is based in Berlin, operates in the sugar industry (production and trading) and the confectionery, logistics and real estate sectors. The business areas of this family-owned business are organized into independently operating companies. 

Press Contact:
Industrie- und Handelsunion Dr. Wolfgang Boettger GmbH & Co. KG
Alexander Mock
Schlesische Straße 38
10997 Berlin, Germany
Telephone: +49 30 7009616-20 


Imperial Logistics International 

As a wholly owned subsidiary of the South African company Imperial Holdings Limited, Imperial Logistics International is responsible for coordinating and managing all the international logistics business of Imperial Holdings Limited outside Africa. The varied portfolio of services at Imperial Logistics International, which has its headquarters in Duisburg, is separated into two divisions: the Group pools all its transport services in the Shipping, Road and Express Freight business units in the Imperial Transport Solutions division. The Imperial Supply Chain Solutions division covers all the services in the contract logistics, contract manufacturing and warehousing sectors for the Automotive, Industrial, Retail & Consumer Goods and Chemicals business units. Working together, both divisions provide a full and transparent range of services from one source along the complete supply chain. Beyond its pure logistics services, Imperial Logistics International has also become established as a process consultant for third parties, a fleet manager for outside car fleets and a provider of insurance services related to particular sectors. Imperial Logistics International employs more than 9,300 people and, including the new acquisition, Palletways, generates turnover amounting to EUR 1.6 billion at 170 business locations. 


Press contact:
Imperial Logistics International B.V. & Co. KG
Claus Grimm
Senior Specialist Press & Communication
Phone +49 203 3188-7551 


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