Van den Bosch acquires TCS Trans

Logistics service provider, Van den Bosch, has acquired Barcelona-based transport company TCS Trans. TCS Trans is a pioneer in intermodal transport in Spain, with a focus on dry bulk for the petrochemical industry.

Dry Bulk activities

The 40 employees at TCS Trans will be retained and activities will continue under the same name at the current office in Barcelona. The fleet, consisting of 30 trucks, over 300 containers and 100 trailers and chassis, is also part of the transaction. Van den Bosch is also acquiring the shares of TCS Trans.

Juan Castellet-San-Miguel and Rico Daandels
Juan Castellet-San-Miguel and Rico Daandels

More than two-thirds of the fleet consists of pressurised silo containers for the transport of chemical raw materials, which have to be unloaded under pressure. Van den Bosch is European market leader in this specialism and the acquisition will strengthen its position in southern Europe.

A strong position in European logistics

CEO Rico Daandels said: “As a logistics service provider, we have gained a strong position in European logistics. With the acquisition of TCS, we are taking the next step in developing our intermodal network.

“We have been investing significantly in the Spanish market in recent years, as the demand for intermodal bulk transport is increasing and offers a lot of potential. Thanks to the acquisition, we will now also have a physical presence and will be pooling our strengths. From Barcelona, we will now be offering solutions for both dry and liquid bulk for the food and chemical industry.”

TCS Tran, an established name in Spain, was founded in 1958 by the Castellet San Miguel family and was one of the first Spanish companies to use intermodal transport. Today, TCS leads the intermodal transport market in Spain. Their core activity involves the transport of dry bulk, such as PVC powder and granulate, for the petrochemical industry. The company is also active in the bulk transport of liquids and gases.

The company owns fifty percent of Multirail, a leading private rail operator in Spain. It also has a share in the intermodal transport company Combiberia, the Iberian market leader in rail transport.

Pooling strengths

Juan Castellet San Miguel, CEO of TCS Trans said: “Our customers will benefit from Van den Bosch’s network, capacity and knowledge. In recent years, Van den Bosch has built up a strong intermodal network on the European market and, in addition to solutions for dry bulk, also offers liquid bulk transport on a large scale. By pooling our strengths, we can now offer our customers a complete bulk transport solution.”