Ekol Logistics, one of the leading 3 PL service providers in Europe, is finalizing the acquisition of 150 new Mercedes-Benz Actros trucks in 2016. This transaction by the Romanian subsidiary, rounded up at EUR 12 million, is part of the company strategy to increase its footprint outside Turkey by growing the business of its subsidiaries in Europe and continuously increasing the fleet working on the continent.
Ekol specializes in intermodal solutions and as the owner of 5 Ro-Ro vessels and the operator of 40 block trains per week, the company wants to use its environment-friendly services to strengthen its presence in Europe. In order to be able to offer these services, the company owns 5 500 eco-friendly transport means.
Making sure that its fleet is reliable and environment friendly, Ekol has purchased Mercedes Benz Actros 1842 LsnRL Euro VI Lowliner models with the latest generation OM 471 diesel engines.
“The Mercedes-Benz Actros trucks are fuel-efficient and reliable. They are our No. 1 choice in terms of eco-friendliness and performance. Cost benefits are characteristic core values of the green logistics that Ekol has championed for many years now,” states Ahmet Musul, Chairman of Ekol Group.
With the new 150 trucks acquired, Ekol Romania is enlarging its fleet to the total number of 227 Romanian plated trucks. The fleet is intended to support transport operations in Romania and Europe in door-to-door deliveries for Ekol’s customers and also to sustain Ekol’s integrated European network, especially in countries like Germany, France, the Benelux and Eastern Europe.
As all the new 150 trucks already have the necessary documents and licenses to run, Ekol Romania is looking to hire new drivers that will work in the EU community, supporting the wide network of the Group. Human resources and transport means are essential assets for Ekol when it comes to reputation, customer satisfaction, service quality and reliability. In that respect, all existing and new drivers will be given a professional training by Mercedez Benz staff, for the proficient use of the new Actros 1842 model.
The Romanian company of Ekol was established in 2011 when Ekol acquired Omega Ro, a Greek logistic company, as an important step of its development in Europe. With a warehouse of 6,000 m2 located on A1 highway, only 23 km from Bucharest and an upcoming logistics facility in the western part of Romania, Ekol Romania provides road, sea and air transportation services, contract logistics and national distribution. Ekol Romania provides services for various sectors such as the automotive, industry, textile, health and FMCG.
Ekol is planning to develop its main activities in Romania: Fleet, Contract Logistics, Freight Forwarding. Apart from that, the aim is to achieve regional expansion.