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Strengthening our Global Market Position

Royal Den Hartogh Logistics acquires H&S Group

Rotterdam/Barneveld, 18 March 2024 – Royal Den Hartogh Logistics, specialised in global transportation for the chemical, gas, and food industries, expands its portfolio by acquiring H&S Group, a leader in the transportation of liquid foodstuffs in Europe. Ubbo Hempenius, owner of H&S Group, and Pieter den Hartogh, Group Managing Director of Royal Den Hartogh Logistics, signed an agreement on 15 March 2024 whereby Den Hartogh acquired all shares in H&S Group.

H&S will become the fifth business unit of Den Hartogh, alongside the business units Liquid, Gas, Global and Dry Bulk. The acquisition encompasses all business units and joint ventures of H&S Group, with the exception of the Cleaning & Filling business unit in Barneveld (NL). By expanding its range of services, Den Hartogh is strengthening its global market position as a leading logistics service provider. The transaction is subject to regulatory clearance.

Royal Den Hartogh Logistics acquires H&S Group
Ubbo Hempenius, owner of H&S Group, and Pieter den Hartogh, Group Managing Director of Royal Den Hartogh Logistics, ratified the acquisition on 15 March 2024.

Ubbo Hempenius stated, ‘The merger of H&S Group and Den Hartogh is an excellent opportunity to combine and fully utilise our strengths, expand our smart logistics solutions, and further develop our reach. I am convinced, and so are our CEO Stefan Heintjes and our Advisory Board, that this is the right step forward for H&S. It ensures the continuity and independence of our company. We are creating a sustainable future for our teams, working together to set new standards in the world of logistics. Above all, it ensures that our customers benefit to the fullest from a unique and comprehensive global service package.’

Pieter den Hartogh: ‘Expanding into a fifth business unit for liquid foodstuff is a strategic choice and on top of that being able to do this in partnership with H&S, a family-owned business with so many intersections in terms of history, values and ambition, makes me incredibly proud. We're not just merging activities; we're combining our stories, our dreams and our people. The H&S team, with their expertise, vast knowledge, experience and ambition, is a valuable and welcome addition to the Den Hartogh family.’

The two internationally operating Dutch family businesses are both leading logistics service providers with a rich history. They prioritise safety above all and share values such as transparency, personal development and respect. The history between the two companies goes back a long way; collaborative projects have been ongoing since 2001.

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