Austrian forwarder segments undergo ownership changes

In a series of restructuring moves in the Austrian freight forwarding market, DHL Global Forwarding Austria announced the divestment of its high-tech logistics division on Aug. 1, while transport and logistics company Gebrüder Weiss acquired the freight forwarder Kapeller Internationale Spedition GmbH on Aug. 11.

DHL Global Forwarding Austria’s regional manager for Eastern Europe, Hermann Filz, said the high-tech logistics division needed significant investment soon to remain competitive. DHL opted to transfer the division to the Cargomind forwarding company instead, leaving DHL Austria to devote its resources to expansions in its core ocean- and airfreight businesses. To that end, the forwarder plans to expand its refrigerated facilities at the Vienna and Linz airports for pharmaceutical, healthcare and consumer goods transport. The company also plans to roll out its Thermonet temperature-controlled service for oceanfreight.

Meanwhile, Gebrüder’s acquisition of Kapeller allows Gebrüder to further expand its end-customer delivery segment and take advantage of Kapeller’s expertise in event, moving, warehouse and furniture logistics, along with art and multimodal transportation.

“With this special logistics know-how, we are expanding our product portfolio for our customers in the region,” said Hannes Mayr, who will take over management of Kapeller after running the Tyrolean branch of Gebrüder Weiss for 11 years. Kapeller will operate as an independent subsidiary of Gebrüder Weiss.

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Caryn Livingston

Caryn Livingston is Editor of the monthly magazine Air Cargo World and Deputy Editor of the company’s monthly newsletter, Cargo Facts, and its weekly e-mail publication Cargo Facts Update. Prior to joining Cargo Facts in 2017, Caryn worked as a journalist in Houston covering the oil and gas industry. She holds a BA in English from the University of Tulsa and an MA in Literature from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.