According to the plans and the strategy of becoming one of Europe’s major logistics intermodal providers with its own assets, Ekol Logistics will launch its own operations under “Ekol Nordics” in Sweden in January 2018. It is the 16th country where Ekol has established its own operations.
“Ekol Nordics will offer international FTL, LTL and groupage transport. At the beginning, we will connect Nordic countries with Turkey, Middle East and other countries where Ekol has its own companies. The next stage will be to have connections with the whole Europe.“ – said Jarmo Halonen, Regional Director of Ekol Nordics.
At the beginning the focus of Ekol in this area will be on the retail, automotive, electronics, paper and wood sectors. It is worth mentioning that Ekol has been operating in these sectors for many years now which is proven by different awards the company has received in the past for serving these branches.
Ekol Nordics is also planning to start short sea services to and from the Mediterranean region in the second half of 2018.
Ekol is aware of its responsibilities to both the environment and the community and is committed to its ethical guidelines. As the owner of 6 Ro-Ro vessels, 2 ports and the operator of 48 block trains per week, Ekol wants to use its environment-friendly services to strengthen its presence in Europe. Thanks to intermodal solutions that Ekol offers the company “saves” 365 000 trees per month (which is forest in the size of 850 football pitches) and enough petrol to go around the globe 365 times.
“We start with our office in the Nordics in Gothenburg, Sweden, from where we can support the whole Nordic market development. In the next 2 years we aim to have 30 employees and our target is to reach € 30 mil yearly turnover by the end of 2020.”- added Jarmo Halonen.
Ekol can do more than just talk about modern, innovative solutions. Ekol can actually offer them to its customers. It is possible since the company has its own R&D department which employs over 120 people who work on 130 different projects to make the company and the services even better and more effective. The result of the work of this department makes Ekol different from other logistics companies in the market.
“Ekol decided to open the company in the Nordics to be closer to its customers in this area and meet their needs even better. It is worth stressing that one of Ekol block trains runs from Trieste, Italy, to Kiel, Germany, and is dedicated for the Nordic volumes. We plan to increase the number of this train in the near future. This train connection connects Nordic countries by intermodal way with South Europe and Turkey.” – said Wojciech Brzuska, General Manager Ekol Europe.