GCA takes big stake in Simon Gibson

French logistics provider Groupe Charles Andre (GCA) has acquired a 75 percent stake in UK bulk powder haulage firm Simon Gibson Transport. Based in Goole, Humberside Simon Gibson has operations across the UK and much of Europe.

It was founded 16 years ago by Simon Gibson with a single truck and has since grown to a fleet of 94 vehicles and a headcount of 138 staff, delivering more than 2 million tons a year throughout Europe.

GCA is also a family business that has grown into a Europe-wide logistics provider. It is the parent group of tank container operator GCAtainer. Based in Montelimar, France, it was founded in 1932 and now operates in 15 countries.

Following the recession, Gibson diversified its business, widening its customer base from the construction industry to target a number of other sectors. Consequently the firm has seen significant growth over the past eight years. Now, by joining forces with a major European operator, Gibson believes it be able to build on this success.