“De Rijke’s portfolio is an ideal match for HOYER’s growth strategy,” said Günter-Friedrich Maas, head of the Chemilog business unit at HOYER, explaining the takeover. “We will be gaining market share, particularly in our relations to and from Great Britain, Scandinavia and Italy.” One particular advantage is also De Rijke’s pronounced intermodal focus: more than 75 per cent of sales of De Rijke’s bulk liquid unit are generated by intermodal transport, the ecological and efficient combination of road and rail. “Development of these services is an important component in HOYER’s strategy,” Maas continued. “For the HOYER Chemilog business unit, the acquisition adds up to an increase of 40 per cent in intermodal business alone.” The prospects of integrating De Rijke business into existing HOYER activities also look good.
HOYER is taking on all 240 employees of De Rijke at its five European offices: Göteborg in Sweden, Preston Brook in Great Britain, Moerdijk in the Netherlands, Le Havre in France and Piacenza in Italy. The deal also brings with it 1,500 tanker containers, 130 tractors and 300 tanker trailers and chassis.