DFDS turned 150 years

DFDS turned 150 years

50 years ago, CF Tietgen invited prominent industrialists who had pledged to invest money in the new company to a founding meeting at the Stock Exchange in Copenhagen. Among them were names that are also well known today, such as salvage contractor Emil Z Svitzer (who founded the now Maersk-owned, global company Svitzer), brewer IC Jacobsen (founder of the Carlsberg breweries) and the founders of the shipbuilding group Burmeister & Wain, which became world famous for its B & W diesel engines, now MAN. At this meeting it was decided to gather HP Prior’s one steamship company and CPA Koch’s three – a total of four companies with 19 steamships – in Det Forenede Dampskibs-Selskab (the United Steam Ship Company). They gave DFDS a good start. There have been plenty of crises along the way, but whereas other companies have disappeared after a number of years because they were closed, acquired or merged into others, DFDS is still here.

DFDS Takes Over Sweden-Italy Road Service

DFDS is further expanding its transport activities between Sweden and Italy through the acquisition of the Swedish company Italcargo, which offers full and part-load transport services between Sweden and Italy for a broad range of cargoes. The Italcargo operation will complement the existing DFDS rail based activity as, in addition to the standard full and part load services, Italcargo offers express transit times with double-manned trucks for premium cargo,  which fits extremely well with our strategy of offering more premium services. The acquisition will increase our presence in the market between Italy and  Sweden and enable us to offer our customers a broader range of services, " says Niklas Andersson, VP of DFDS Logistics, Scandinavia. Five skilled and experienced colleagues working in Italcargo's head office in Lilla Edet north of Gothenburg will continue to use their expertise in DFDS. "Our new colleagues are very knowledgeable and very respected among customers, and our team in Gothenburg are already well acquainted with their new colleagues. It is a pleasure for me to welcome them to DFDS," says Niklas. Italcargo was founded by Harri Salminen in 1998. DFDS acquired all his shares in the company, which has an annual turnover of about SEK 65 million. Italcargo works in partnership with  an Italian company, ensuring efficient distribution throughout Italy and we look forward to continuing that relationship. Read More

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