Many hospitals, assisted living centres or other healthcare providers still manage their own stocks and transport needs. This requires time and proper organisation. Belgian Red Cross-Flanders lacked the necessary expertise in this respect and therefore embarked on a 5-year collaboration with H.Essers in May 2015.
On 1 April 2016, H.Essers took over the Belgian utility logistics company Verstraete. Transport Verstraete is a family transport company with its head office in Moorslede in West Flanders.
In 2015, H.Essers reached an absolute pinnacle in terms of new recruits. An impressive number of 321 Belgian vacancies were filled during the year.
On 1 April, the Kilometer Charge, which had been announced quite some time ago, came into force in Belgium. From now on, drivers of trucks exceeding 3.5 tonnes must have an On Board Unit (OBU) to calculate the Belgian road tax.
As a family of entrepreneurs from Limburg, the Essers family is committed to support other ambitious companies to achieve growth and enable their further development. In its investment decisions, the family is looking for an optimal combination of innovation on the one hand and an indirect link to the logistics sector on the other.
Anyone visiting the H.Essers head office in Genk in the near future will recognise the premises from afar, thanks to the 3 wind turbines which were recently constructed there.
As indicated in our previous newsletter, we are reviewing the possibilities of expanding our existing pharma site in Genk. With this project, we aim to achieve an expansion of 70,000 m² in temperature-controlled warehouses, which will create a total of 400 completely new jobs.
H.Essers is already working with DKV in the field of its international operations and has now opted KV for its settlement of the new Belgian kilometre levy as well.
Since June 2015, H.Essers operates as the Lead Logistics Provider for all European dry packaged freight road deliveries for Dow Corning.
As our customer, you are at the centre of everything we do. Continuing to build a close and positive relationship with you will be one of the most important things we do in the coming years.
On Friday 14 August 2015 H.Essers signed the contract to acquire German logistics service provider Kammann.
During the coming months, further investments will be made at the H.Essers chemicals site at Winterslag.
On Wednesday 4 November Crestron and H.Essers signed a contract for 5 years starting as from January 2016. Crestron, the global leader in advanced control and automation systems, is entrusting us with its EMEA forward and reverse logistics.
A lot has been written in recent months (at least in Flanders) on our expansion plans in Genk. We believe it is important to provide some background on this project.
We have often been asked about it, and now the time has come ... Yes, from now on you can order H.Essers running and cycling wear online!
June 2nd, we showed the audience at Biomedica that there are a lot of opportunities in healthcare where existing logistics concepts can be applied without loss of autonomy by the stakeholders.
Biomedica: the largest Life Sciences & Health event in the Euregio
On June 2 and 3, LifeTechLimburg, together with its partners from Maastricht, Leuven, Eindhoven, Aachen and Liège organizes the ninth edition of Biomedica: the largest Life Sciences & Health event of the Euregio.
Plan-Europe, the network of asset based transport companies specialized in Pharma Logistics, expands with a new partner in Portugal, Rangel.
Logistics service provider H.Essers is the first logistics company in Belgium to attain certification for the ISO 39001 standard for traffic safety and the second organisation in Belgium, next to the BIVV (Belgian Institute for Traffic Safety). The certification is the culmination of the sustained commitment to road safety that H.Essers has demonstrated in all its activities over the years. Flemish Minister of Mobility Ben Weyts is very enthusiastic about the efforts of H.Essers as he states that ‘companies are necessary partners when it comes to more traffic safety’.
For one of our customers in the pharma sector, we travel 400 km north of the Arctic Circle to Sortland three times a month.
As a logistics service provider, we are an extension of the chemical-industry supply chain and as a result we wish to meet the quality and safety standards imposed by the industry. We were therefore delighted to attain SQAS certification on 24 and 25 February 2015 with an excellent score of 90 out of 100.
H.Essers has signed an agreement with Nike for managing an off-site storage facility for sports articles. For this, it will make use of a 25,000 m² MBS site close to the Nike distribution centre.
At the end of February, H.Essers and Infrax announced that the former K-hall at the Ford site would be redeveloped as a distribution centre for network company Infrax. H.Essers will supply the contractors of Infrax daily from Genk-Zuid.
In 2015, Johnny Thijs joined the Board of H.Essers. The company believes that Thijs, who is known for his breadth of view and informed vision on business issues, will be able to contribute to the further internationalisation of its activities.
H.Essers pays a great deal of attention to safety, the environment and quality in relation to logistics processes, people and our planet. This is the responsibility of our EQS department.
You’ve probably heard the slogan: ‘Limburger en wereldburger’ [a Limburger is a world citizen]. Well, this applies equally to H.Essers. If you missed us these past weeks in Budapest, Eindhoven or Mumbai, you might still meet us in Dubai.
We recently expanded the PLAN network with three new partners, each meeting high PLAN quality requirements, such as round-the-clock proactive temperature monitoring, total track & trace throughout the chain, and the necessary licences and certificates.
Our European storage capacity for hazardous cargo is currently 370,000 m². Our latest achievement is the expansion of the high-tier SEVESO site at Winterslag by 16,000 m² to meet the strictest safety requirements.
We are also investing in new solutions for cold storage, licences and cross-dock facilities closer to home.
With a view to becoming better established in Germany, we recently set up a GmbH. We are increasingly feeling the need also to develop our logistics operations in Germany further, as it is Europe’s engine-room.
In our aim to develop the high-Tier SEVESO site into a complete chemical logistics service complex, with all operations consolidated under one roof, H.Essers decided to take on these activities with Agfa, and to expand them further.
H.Essers Forwarding & Customs offers worldwide door-to-door shipments. We offer sea freight & air freight services, customs handling, sales administration and domestic distribution, as well for FCL as for LCL.
On October 17th, the Tranzit Gala honouring of the most effective transportation and logistics operators in Romania was held in Cluj-Napoca.
PLAN-Europe, Pharma Logistics Alliance Network, is the first asset based network in Europe of private owned transport companies specialized in Pharma Logistics. It is proud to announce three new professional pharma partners in the network; Tresserras (ES), Gandon (FR) and Ralu (Balkan).
During its annual “Supplier day” on 16 October 2014 Proximus honoured its suppliers' best success stories in the categories of Innovation, Sustainability and Quality of Supply. Proximus wants to demonstrate its recognition for their outstanding work. H.Essers was nominated both for the category 'Sustainability' as for the category 'Quality of Supply'.
With a view to continued close collaboration, H.Essers recently concluded a new exclusive partnership with MAN for the next three years. Specifically, the collaboration involves trucks of the type MAN TGX 18.480, naturally complying with the latest Euro 6 emission standard.
About a year ago, logistic service providers, H.Essers (Belgium), Bech-Hansen & Studsgaard (Denmark) and Nolan Transport (Ireland) founded PLAN to fulfill the need of an initiative that sets new quality standards in pharma logistics. Today they are proud to welcome a new partner.
By September 1st we will start a direct temperature-controlled groupage service for pharmaceutical and healthcare products. This service is unique in being a more reliable alternative to air freight or FTL in road transport.
H.Essers fuels the efficiency of its distribution activities thanks to Transics’ TX-SMART smartphone app
Fleetmanagementexpert Transics recently launched a new version of the successful TX-SMART. We use this app to fuel our distribution activities of our technical care unit in Vilvoorde
For a number of years, we have enjoyed a logistics partnership with Studio 100.
Recently, we also became event partner in the latest Studio 100 production, the musical spectacle ‘14-18’.
More news about acquisitions. On 1 May, we were able to expand our ‘exceptional transport’ segment with the acquisition of the Belgian company Steelexpress. This move will enable us to improve the development of our services to the infralogistics segment.
Today, the Flemish healthcare sector is facing an increasing number of challenges which have social and economic effects. Numerous innovation projects have been initiated in order to cope with these challenges, and H.Essers – as a leader in the field of logistics – aims to participate in this by bridging the gap between successful industrial processes and the healthcare sector.
On 15 May, we announced our long-term strategic partnership with Getronics.
‘This collaboration fits perfectly within our growth strategy. The partnership enables us to focus on our core business, namely ICT Workspace Services,’ explained Dimitri Van Kets, Director of Managed Services at Getronics.
In addition to our strong international orientation, we are continuing to strengthen our presence in Limburg.
This regional anchoring is also a deliberate choice. It means that various local and regional companies will also be able to benefit from our growth.
Two months ago, on Friday 11 April, we acquired the Danish company Neff A/S.
Neff A/S, a logistics provider, whose main activity is warehousing services, is primarily involved in the pharmaceutical, biotechnological and food industries.
From April 2014 on, our Business Unit East will expand its intermodal program from 4 to 5 trains per week between Belgium and Romania. This means 250 intermodal loads weekly, where we both work with 45 ft containers as well as trailers on the train. This will significantly reduce our carbon foot print and has a positive impact on the environment.
When you think of going to Dubai, we all think about getting there with a plane. But not us, no… we are driving to Dubai. With a red truck…
On January 15, we received the official approval by the Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products (famhp) for our new pharma hall in Genk.
There is something going on within the Integrated Chocolate Platform (ICP).
After a first collaboration between ISIS (formerly known as Italo Suisse) and Caluwé Demandé in terms of transport pooling to a number of UK retailers, there is now a second collaboration.
On October 3th, H.Essers opened 33,000 sqm of warehouses near the Romanian capital Bucharest. We invested 15 million euros in this new facility that forms the hub with Central Europe and Turkey.
In his new responsability as COO he will combine the general management of both warehousing and transport.
By merging both functions, we like to emphasize the combination of Warehousing & Transport services and offer you tailor made, state of the art logistic solutions, according to your individual needs.
Today March 4 2013, H.Essers announced that Gert Bervoets will succeed Ivo Marechal as CEO of H.Essers. Marechal had announced his departure from the transports and logistics company mid-December 2012.
On October 10th 2012 H.Essers signed a purchase agreement with Bucharest Industrial Park (BIP).
BIP is a logistic development project of Wilmarc Invest (a.o. Skyline Europe) and Attis (d. Cavens) in joint venture with a Romanian partner.
Genk 14 December 2012 - H.Essers' Board of Directors today notified that CEO Ivo Marechal announced he will leave the company in the spring of 2013. The search for a successor has already started. Until that time Marechal will stay at the helm of the company. The company's employees, customers and suppliers were notified today of the CEO's decision.
H Essers saves 43 tons of CO2 per year thanks to own vehicle inspection station.
A few weeks ago H.Essers got the official approval from Secretary of State for Environment, Energy and Mobility, Mr. Melchior Wathelet for the exploitation of its own in-house vehicle inspection station.
For the month of September, the global economy maintained its firm grip on the transport and logistics market. Little change occurred in the major regions – Europe's debt crisis persists, Asian exports continue to decline and the US witnessed little growth.
Leading logistics provider, Hellman Worldwide Logistics UK, has announced a new road freight partnership with H. Essers, Belgium’s leading groupage logistics company. From September 1st, Hellmann and H. Essers will launch a new daily shuttle system servicing both the UK and Belgium.
As the first company in the Benelux with a Pan-European coverage H.Essers achieved a TAPA certification for its entire fleet within the business unit Security Logistics.
Within the strategic development of our partner network System Alliance Europe, the organization will be adjusted as follows::
As from September 1st, the partners for the region of Kühne + Nagel and RH Group are being replaced:
Tuesday July 31st we signed the acquisition of the company KDL Trans. KDL Trans handles the distribution and/or warehousing and installation of small computer material & servers. The customers are major computer brands, but also public or private companies.
H.Essers Turkey has put itself on the logistics and distribution map in Turkey. As from June 1th on, H.Essers Turkey will take care of the transports for Bekaert Textiles from the Duty Free trade Zone in Corly (TR) to a bonded warehouse in Istanbul.
In cooperation with tent rental De Boer and JMT furniture rental, H.Essers brought 150 trailers of material to Poland & Ukraine for the European Football Championship.
From 05/06 to 07/06, H.Essers joined the 5th International Exhibition for Logistics, Telematics and Transport in Shanghai which was organized by MMI (Messe Munchen International) together with CIFA and CAWS.