DWS Fund to acquire Hansea, a leading Belgian public transport infrastructure operator, from Cube Infrastructure Fund and Gimv

GIMV

Cube Infrastructure Fund (Cube) and Gimv today announce the sale of Hansea to a fund managed by DWS (“DWS”), a global infrastructure manager. With the support of its investors, the company has focused on organic growth and an active buy & grow strategy since 2014.

In 2014, Cube and Gimv acquired Hansea (Antwerp, www.hansea.be). With a fleet of 811 buses and around 1,200 employees, Hansea is the largest private bus company in Flanders. The company is responsible for daily urban and regional connections on behalf of the public transport companies, De Lijn and TEC. Hansea is also active in school and personnel transport and bus charter services.

Thanks to the entry of Cube and Gimv, Hansea obtained the capital and the independence to successfully realize strong growth of its activity and to complete four acquisitions.

Today, Cube and Gimv announce that they will sell their stake in Hansea to DWS. Together with Hansea’s management team and employees, the new investor intends to continue to build on this growth trajectory, as a stable partner that provides an excellent service to its customers.

Luc Jullet, CEO of Hansea: We are convinced to be able to continue our growth strategy started with Cube and Gimv with the support of our new shareholder in order to become the indispensable mobility provider in Belgium.”

Hamish Mackenzie, Global Head of Infrastructure at DWS said: “We are delighted to invest in one of the best companies operating in the public transportation sector in Europe. We have identified local and regional public transportation as an attractive sector for our funds given the strong macro fundamentals, supportive regulation and rising investment needs driven by the European green agenda. Hansea stood out as one of the most efficient companies operating in this sector, led by a solid and experienced management team and with significant potential to grow further as an independent operator with a strong connection to the local communities and public transport authorities of the Flanders and Wallonia regions. Cube and Gimv have done an excellent job in growing the company in the past years and we believe that with our track record as infrastructure investors in the Benelux region, along with our strong international brand we will be able to support and accelerate the ambitions of the management team going forward.”

Jérôme Jeauffroy, Managing Partner of Cube Infrastructure Managers, Cube adds: “We are delighted to see DWS as the new shareholder, who share the same vision for Hansea as an infrastructure platform to further expand and recognize the full growth potential of the Company. We believe that Hansea will continue to flourish in the coming years thanks to the support of DWS and the leadership of its CEO and management team.”

Ruben Monballieu, Principal in Gimv’s Sustainable Cities platform adds: “As a Sustainable Cities team we are proud that we have been able to support Hansea’s management in a successful growth trajectory over the past 5 years, and as such could contribute to a more environmentally friendly mobility in Belgium.

With the exit of Hansea, the last participation of the Gimv-XL fund has been sold. Launched in 2009, this fund could generate strong returns through a series of successful investments in large Flemish companies. No further financial details are provided on the transaction. This transaction has no material impact on the NAV of Gimv.

The transaction is subject to the customary closing conditions, including approval by the competition authorities.

DC Advisory acted as exclusive financial adviser to Cube and Gimv during the transaction. Linklaters acted as legal adviser to the sellers. Macquarie and Stibbe acted as advisers to the buyers.

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Adelis successfully exits Logent

Adelis Equity

Adelis Equity Partners Fund I (“Adelis”) has sold its majority stake in Logent AB (“Logent”) to Stirling Square Capital Partners.

In 2013, Adelis acquired a majority stake in Logent. During Adelis’ ownership, the company has been strategically repositioned from a logistics staffing-focused company to a leading contract logistics provider, offering high value-added services.

”Mats Steen, Sara Fors and the rest of Logent’s management team have done a fantastic job in building Logent into the leading independent contract logistics company in Sweden and Norway. They have built a strong foundation for the future, and Logent’s growth is now ready to take off, as evident by the strong sales momentum. We believe Stirling Square Capital Partners will be an excellent partner to support their exciting journey going forward. We at Adelis are very proud to have been part of Logent’s transformation into a true industry leader”, says Joel Russ and Jan Åkesson of Adelis.

Mats Jönsson, Chairman of Logent says: “It has been an honor to work with such a great team at Logent. Great investments in building a foundation and culture have led to strong results for our customers, employees and owners.”

”Logent’s management team is proud of the development that the company has achieved together with Adelis and our Board over the past several years. The close cooperation has been vital for the success of the strategic transformation. I’m now looking forward to Logent’s next chapter together with Stirling Square Capital Partners and our continued positive development”, says Mats Steen, CEO of Logent.

Adelis was advised by Nordea, Vinge and Alvarez & Marsal.

The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals.

For further information:

Logent: Mats Steen, CEO, +46 70 233 83 02

Adelis Equity Partners: Joel Russ, Partner, +46 73 543 90 68

Adelis Equity Partners: Jan Åkesson, Partner, +46 70 353 11 11

Logent

Logent is an independent contract logistics partner to logistics-intensive companies in Sweden and Norway. Logent has approximately 3,000 employees and operates along the whole logistics value chain within the business areas Warehousing, Transport Management, Customs, Ports, Staffing & Recruitment and Consulting.The company has turnover of SEK 1.3 billion. For more information please visit www.logent.se.

Adelis Equity Partners

Adelis is an active partner in creating value at medium sized Nordic companies. Adelis was founded with the goal of building the leading middle market private equity firm in the Nordics. Since raising its first fund in 2013, Adelis has been one of the most active investors in the Nordic middle-market, acquiring 20 platform investments and making more than 50 add-on acquisitions. Adelis now manages €1 billion in capital. For more information please visitwww.adelisequity.com.

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Novacap-backed GTI expands into U.S. with Jetco acquisition

Novacap

Montreal, May 13, 2019 – Novacap, one of Canada’s leading private equity firms, is proud to announce that its portfolio company GTI Transport Solutions Inc. (“GTI”), a leading provider of open-deck, specialized and over-dimensional freight services has completed the acquisition of Jetco, a Houston-based transporter offering flatbed, heavy-haul, intermodal, logistics, and specialized loads in the Texas region and across the United States. This acquisition allows GTI to establish a strong operational platform in the United States, which will provide GTI with the ability to further strengthen and widen its offering to its customers throughout North America.

 

Photo courtesy of GTI Group/Dominic Dulude

The transaction with Jetco follows the acquisition of Precision Specialized Division, a specialized carrier based in Ontario, in February 2019. Through these acquisitions and the brokerage network GTI is currently deploying in the US via GTI USA, GTI is establishing an integrated group focused on specialized transport across North America. With now seven locations in the United States and three in Canada, GTI provides specialized asset-based and non-asset transport solutions to the most demanding clients.

“The team at Jetco is renowned as a market leader in their quality of service and in always prioritizing safety in their transport” says Richard Lafrenière, CEO of GTI. “The strategic strong local presence that Jetco has in Texas will increase GTI’s position in the region and establish a performing North-South corridor with its Canadian operations.”

“This acquisition will also increase GTI’s scale and will deepen our geographic reach,” adds Frédérick Perrault, Senior Partner of Novacap.“ Jetco will complement GTI’s US division with its strong asset base and will serve as our platform for future acquisitions in the US.”

Brian Fielkow, CEO of Jetco, will continue in his current capacity as CEO. Mr. Fielkow adds, “Jetco is glad to join forces with a leader in specialized transport such as GTI and we are looking forward to start working together to bring the company to the next level.”

About GTI

GTI Transport Solutions (“GTI”) specializes in open-deck, heavy haul and over dimensional transportation services while also offering specialty storage, logistics and freight forwarding services. GTI has fully equipped transportation terminals in Quebec and Ontario and 300,000 sq.ft. of specialized warehousing. For further information, visit www.thegtigroup.com

About Jetco

Established in 1976 with one truck, Jetco has become one of the Gulf Coast’s top diversified carriers, serving small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. We currently operate a fleet of more than 100 trucks and 250+ trailers, and because of our diverse fleet, are able to meet all of your LTL and semi-tractor transportation needs including: shipping containers by rail and sea, flatbeds and dry vans. For further information, visit www.jetcodelivery.com/about-us

About Novacap

Founded in 1981, Novacap is a leading Canadian private equity firm with $2.8 billion of assets under management. Novacap’s unique investment approach, based on deep operational expertise and an active partnership with entrepreneurs, has helped accelerate growth and create long-term value for its numerous investee companies. With an experienced management team and substantial financial resources, Novacap is well positioned to continue building world-class companies. For more information, please visit www.novacap.ca.

Media contact:

Valérie Gonzalo
AGO Communications
514.626.6976
valerie@agocom.ca

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Platinum Equity Completes Acquisition of Livingston International

Platinum

(Los Angeles, May 2, 2019) – Platinum Equity today announced it has completed the acquisition of North American customs brokerage and trade services firm Livingston International.

Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, with U.S. headquarters in Chicago, Il, Livingston International is the largest pure-play customs brokerage in North America and boasts the widest presence along America’s northern border. It is also the third-largest customs entry filer in the United States. The company serves as a trusted adviser to more than 30,000 businesses globally, facilitating the completion and transmission of customs documentation and ensuring goods are cleared through international borders seamlessly and expediently.

Livingston is also a leading provider of global trade management services, including trade consulting and customs compliance, helping businesses optimize their use of free trade agreements, mitigate compliance risk and recover duties where possible.

Platinum Equity is a global private equity firm with approximately $13 billion of assets under management and a highly specialized focus on business operations.

“Livingston has served as a critical partner to businesses around the world as they react and adapt to changes in the global trade environment,” said Dan McHugh, Chief Executive Officer, Livingston International. “We are excited about the possibilities that lie ahead and look forward to benefiting from Platinum’s dedicated resources and counsel as we continue to focus on providing best-in-class brokerage, freight forwarding and trade management solutions.”

In addition to its role as a trusted customs broker and adviser, Livingston offers international freight forwarding solutions with special emphasis on North American transportation and global air and sea freight capabilities. Its freight solutions also include value-added services, such as warehousing, barge services and project cargo.

About Platinum Equity
Founded in 1995 by Tom Gores, Platinum Equity is a global investment firm with approximately $13 billion of assets under management and a portfolio of approximately 40 operating companies that serve customers around the world. The firm is currently investing from Platinum Equity Capital Partners IV, a $6.5 billion global buyout fund, and Platinum Equity Small Cap Fund, a $1.5 billion buyout fund focused on investment opportunities in the lower middle market. Platinum Equity specializes in mergers, acquisitions and operations – a trademarked strategy it calls M&A&O® – acquiring and operating companies in a broad range of business markets, including manufacturing, distribution, transportation and logistics, equipment rental, metals services, media and entertainment, technology, telecommunications and other industries. Over the past 23 years Platinum Equity has completed more than 250 acquisitions.

About Livingston International 
Livingston International focuses on customs brokerage and trade compliance, offering international trade consulting, global trade management and freight forwarding. It provides clarity in a world of trade complexity, so businesses can grow further, faster and smarter. Livingston employs approximately 3,200 associates at more than 100 key border points, sea ports, airports and other strategic locations across North America, Europe and Asia. Visit us at www.livingstonintl.com, and on TwitterLinkedIn and Facebook.

Media Contacts

Dan Whelan
Platinum Equity
310-282-9202
dwhelan@platinumequity.com

Dan Ovsey
Director, Public Relations & Marketing Communications
Livingston International
1-800-387-7582 / ext. 13088
dovsey@livingstonintl.com

Investor Relations
and Media Contacts:

Mark Barnhill
Partner
+1 310.228.9514 E-mail Mark

Dan Whelan
Principal
+1 310.282.9202 E-mail Dan

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Edenred Capital Partners leads €25m investment in Fretlink

Edenred

We’re excited to announce our Series B investment in Fretlink, the digital freight forwarder disrupting the European road transport. With this Series B round, Fretlinkplans to build a new standard for the organisation of road freight.

Fretlink connects shippers with a large network of local carriers in Europe and acts as a flow orchestrator by providing matching and pricing recommendations based on transportation data analysis, automating operational processes and enabling European shippers to secure, manage and optimize their transport plans. The aim is to help shippers improve the overall performance of their supply chain.

Founded in 2016 in Paris, Fretlink is a key player in the digitalisation of the European freight logistics. The team already works with some of the largest shippers (400+ regular shippers) in France and Europe while partnering with a large network of transportation companies (5000+ registered carriers). Today, the start-up is pioneering the digitisation of the road freight industry with a new data-driven standard of organization and collaboration.

This funding round will allow Fretlink to finance its international expansion by opening new offices in Germany, Belgium and Poland. A core objective has been to improve the services offering to carriers and the new partners will help create the best platform providing a range of benefits and services that will include the purchase of trucks, equipment and accessories at reduced prices and optimization of fuel cost management.

Paul Guillemin, founder and CEO at Fretlink: “With the launch of our service platform, our priority is to help European regional carriers develop and sustain their business, by giving them access to appropriate and lucrative routes, as well as a range of services under advantageous conditions. Models and practices are undergoing radical transformation and we have always been convinced that it is by collaborating with the sector’s experts that we will manage to initiate change. We are delighted today to see Edenred Capital Partners join the Fretlink adventure to help build the road transport sector of the future.

Norbert Furnion, Managing Partner at Edenred Capital Partners: “We decided to invest in this new funding round because the team assembled by Paul Guillemin and Antoine Le Squeren has already delivered a lot in a short period of time and will further help their clients streamline the supply chain. The review of the operations have highlighted many synergies with Edenred which is already one of the world leader in professional Fleet & Mobility .

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With the support of Eurazeo PME, the Redspher group announces the acquisition of Speed Pack Europe and expands the scope of its activities in Spain

Eurazeo

The Redspher Group, European leader in on-demand transport logistics, announces the acquisition of
Speed Pack Europe, a Spanish company specializing in maximum emergency transport services.
The acquisition of Speed Pack is part of Redspher’s desire to cover all services related to on-demand
transport, from parcels to pallets, for individuals and multinationals in all sectors. It will enable Redspher
to strengthen its presence in Spain and pave the way for new opportunities in Europe for its logistics and
transport solutions.

Founded in 2005, Speed Pack Europe specializes in land transport services of the highest urgency. With
nearly 20 employees and a vast network of partner carriers, the company achieved turnover of around ten
million euros in 2018. The company is based in Barcelona, Catalonia and also has a division in Morocco
importing and exporting to and from all over Europe.

With the support of Eurazeo PME, Redspher continues its internationalization and the implementation of
its digital strategy. Since 2015, the Group has doubled its turnover to nearly €300 million in 2018. Today,
Redspher conducts more than 60% of its business outside France in Europe and the United States.
Philippe Higelin, President of Redspher: “The Redspher Group is particularly proud of this combination
with Speed Pack Europe with which we have been collaborating for some years now. Logistics and transport
are business sectors with very high growth potential in which it is important to invest for the future. We
see this acquisition as an opportunity to strengthen our leadership position. We are establishing standards
of quality and efficiency in accordance with the future expectations of the market. ”
Mario García Cánovas, founder of Speed Pack “Integrating Redspher is the best solution for Speed Pack.
We will share our know-how on very specific transport while benefiting from the group’s technology and
its leading position in Europe. ”

Erwann Le Ligné, Managing Director – Member of the Eurazeo PME Executive Board: “We are very
pleased to be supporting Redspher in this new phase of the company’s development in Spain, a country in
which Eurazeo PME recently committed itself with the acquisition of MCH Private Equity. We are delighted
with the progress made with Redspher and its teams since our arrival in 2015 and the prospects for the
coming years thanks to its international and digital positioning, which makes it a unique player in its
market. ”

About Eurazeo PME
A Subsidiary of Eurazeo, Eurazeo PME is an investment company dedicated to majority investments in French SMEs
with a value of under €250 million. As a long-term professional shareholder, it provides its investments with all the
financial, human and organizational resources necessary for long-term change, and supports those companies in its
portfolio in implementing sustainable and therefore responsible growth. This commitment is formalized and
deployed through a CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) policy.
Eurazeo PME achieved a consolidated turnover of €1.3 billion in 2018 and supportsthe development ofthe following
companies: 2Ride Holding, Dessange International, Léon de Bruxelles, Péters Surgical, Redspher, the MK Direct
Group, Orolia, Smile, In’Tech Medical, Vitaprotech and EFESO Consulting. These companies are solidly established
within their market and driven by experienced management teams.

About Redspher
Redspher is a transport and logistic european group that gathers all its companies within one digital open platform
that simplifies and facilitates on demand delivery. Redspher incorporates Flash Europe International,
Schwerdtfeger, Easy4Pro, Easy2Go, Upela, Roberts.eu, Genius Academy, Easy2Trace and Yoctu. Redspher’s
ambition is to disrupt and shape the on-demand delivery market by integrating its physical and digital dimensions.
Today, Redspher employs more than 700 people in Europe and keeps recruiting to support its growth. Redspher is
a group owned by its employees and supported by the Eurazeo PME investment Fund.
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SupplyStack raises €5 million to continue expansion in Europe

Fortino Capital

Antwerp, April 6th 2019 – SupplyStack announces the closing of its series A funding round of €5 million, led by Participatiemaatschappij Vlaanderen and Mainport Innovation Fund and existing investor Fortino Capital. SupplyStack delivers an easy-to-integrate and flexible visibility solution that monitors transport orders in real-time. “SupplyStack helps supply chain and customer service departments to contribute to a better customer experience and overall supply chain collaboration. With this new funding in place, we can tap into new European markets and go after our ultimate goal: turning the supply chain into a competitive differentiator and putting the end customer first”, explains Nick Poels, CEO of SupplyStack.  

Visibility and collaboration

SupplyStack announces the closing of its series A funding round of €5 million, led by Participatiemaatschappij Vlaanderen and Mainport Innovation Fund and existing investor Fortino Capital. SupplyStack launched its software in 2013 with the goal of helping B2B organisations obtain supply chains that are predictive, data-driven, deeply automated and continuously optimizing for business returns and environmental impact. The SupplyStack interface uses visibility and collaboration as a core capability to drive transport execution and automate work where possible. “It’s our mission to remove friction in the supply chain. We bring users, systems and data together to offer end-to-end, real-time transport visibility that drives outcomes”, states Nick Poels, CEO of SupplyStack.

Last year, SupplyStack was recognized as a notable vendor by Gartner in the ‘European Context for Transportation Management System’. Currently, numerous leaders in the industry, including Sony, Umicore, DHL, Duracell and Atlas Copco, are using SupplyStack to accomplish their transport management. Transportation management systems (TMS) are becoming less expensive and easier to own. Now, companies of any size can get in the game. “As we evangelise customer centricity to our customers, it’s our duty to practise what we preach. We want to provide an exceptional user experience so users don’t simply adopt SupplyStack. They have to love it because it’s effortless and intuitive.”

Supply chain as a competitive advantage

For today’s companies a competitive operation cost is key but according to SupplyStack a customer-centric supply chain is what should be the strategic business priority. As B2C experiences are influencing B2B expectations – also known as “The Amazon Effect” – the current supply chain systems are under pressure. According to Gartner, 75% of B2B organizations have immature capabilities when it comes to customer experience management. As customer retention is cheaper than acquisition, actively investing in customer satisfaction offers great value.

“In general, corporate customer experience is managed by the sales and marketing departments, in spite of the fact that the supply chain plays a key role in the customer journey. Organisations should realise that a late delivery can disrupt or disappoint and that an expedited delivery can delight or save a life. Putting the customer first will turn your supply chain into a competitive advantage”, explains Poels.

LogTech is the new FinTech

The investment is a testimony to how quickly the logistics technology sector is growing. The industry is experiencing an influx of venture capital and new companies that has never been experienced before. “Logistic technology venture capital investments have seen rapid growth for the past few years. It’s an industry that has been historically slow-moving: using spreadsheets, emails, and phone calls. This is rapidly changing now: LogTech is becoming what FinTech was 10 years ago”, states Poels.

“The last few years have been fantastic. Together with our clients, we are building the technology, growing the team and finding our unique spot,” says Poels. “We’re really motivated to give supply chain and customer service professionals true satisfaction by providing them with the tools to be successful in their everyday job. It’s time to co-create a new normal within the transportation management industry.”

Growth potential

This new round of investment will allow SupplyStack to expand further in the countries in which they are already present, not to mention tapping into new European markets.

Fortino Capital is investing in SupplyStack for the second time. “We have supported the management team over the past three years and are excited to assist them during the next phase of further scaling-up  their company. The team has the skills and focus to drive digitalisation in the logistics sector, and deliver a more efficient supply chain to its clients,” says Steven De Troyer, Investment Director at Fortino Capital.

“We strongly believe in SupplyStack, not only because their technology delivers freight cost savings for the customer, but also because SupplyStack puts customer focus and customer information at the heart of its business”, explains Isabelle Tennstedt, Senior Investment Manager atParticipatiemaatschappij Vlaanderen. “That is exactly what determines whether a company can distinguish itself from the competition in a digital age.”

SupplyStack can also count on support from the Netherlands with investments from Mainport Innovation Fund (Schiphol, KLM, the Port of Amsterdam, NS and TU Delft). “This is the first time we’re investing in a Belgian start-up. The growth that SupplyStack has been able to achieve in only a few years’ time is impressive, along with the fact that SupplyStack – instead of other established software providers – earned the trust of large organisations to support them in their logistics operations”, says Thijs Gitmans, Fund Manager at Mainport Innovation Fund.

About SupplyStack

SupplyStack delivers an easy-to-integrate and flexible visibility solution that monitors transport orders in real-time in order to facilitate collaboration, drive execution and automates work where possible. Currently, numerous leaders in the industry, including Sony, Umicore, DHL, Duracell and Atlas Copco, are using SupplyStack to accomplish their logistics and transport management. In 2018, SupplyStack was recognized as a notable vendor by Gartner in their ‘European Context for Transportation Management System’.

For more information: www.supplystack.com

About Fortino Capital

Fortino Capital invests in small and medium-sized businesses with growth potential, across Europe with a focus on Benelux. Fortino Capital believes in the potential of visionary entrepreneurs with a focus on technology, E-commerce and digital transformation. Fortino Capital brings a strengthening of capital, expertise and experience in the areas of innovation, strategy and growth.

For more information: www.fortino.be

About PMV

PMV is an investment company focussed on the economic future of Flanders. PMV finances promising companies from the very start to growth and internationalization. PMV offers tailor-made financial solutions for every entrepreneur with a solid business plan and a strong management team, by providing (venture) capital, loans or guarantees. PMV has a portfolio of about EUR 1.2 billion in assets under management.

For more information: www.pmv.eu

About Mainport Innovation Fund II

MIF II aims to accelerate innovation in logistics, transport and aviation. It was founded in 2015 by Schiphol, KLM, TU Delft, NS and Port of Amsterdam, together with NBI Investors, the fund manager. MIF II has invested in ViriCiti, Mobian, We4Sea, Synple, C Teleport and SupplyStack. Its predecessor Mainport Innovation Fund I has invested in Casper (exit), Multi Pilot Simulations (exit), Versa (previously FastTrack Company), Ampyx Power (exit), Robin Radar, MI Airline, Snocom, Eye on Air, Undagrid and Calendar42 (exit).

For more information: www.mainportinnovationfund.nl and www.nbi-investors.nl

3i agrees to invest in Regional Rail to support growth

3I

3i Group plc (“3i”) today announces an agreement to invest in Regional Rail, LLC (“Regional Rail”), a leading owner and operator of short-line freight railroads and rail-related businesses throughout the Mid-Atlantic U.S.

Formed in 2007, Regional Rail provides freight transportation, car storage, and transloading services in New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware across three railroads and over 155 miles of track connecting into a diversified Class 1 railroad network. In 2018, the company moved over 13,000 carloads while serving over 70 customers across a diversified set of end-user markets including heating, fuel blending, agriculture, chemicals, and metals. The company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Diamondback Signal, is the premier provider of rail-crossing installation and maintenance services to over 100 public- and private-sector customers across 20 states.

Since inception, the company has seen steady growth of its existing line traffic, successfully expanding to neighbouring regions and into value-accretive, infrastructure services.

Regional Rail will represent 3i’s third infrastructure investment in North America since 2017 and will serve as 3i’s rail infrastructure platform for future investment in the sector.

Rob Collins, Managing Partner, 3i North American Infrastructure, commented:

“This is an exciting opportunity to partner with an established management team as we seek to put additional capital to work in North American rail infrastructure. The North American transportation market is rapidly evolving and Regional Rail is well positioned to benefit from those changes with future acquisitions.”

Al Sauer, CEO, Regional Rail, added:

“We look forward to working with 3i as we continue to focus on servicing our existing customers, growing economic development in our local communities, and expanding into new regions through strategic partnerships and acquisitions. We see tremendous opportunity in the sector and are proud to have the support and asset management expertise of 3i behind us.“

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Amethyst partners with Now Group

Cathay

Amethyst Group Limited (“Amethyst”) is delighted to announce a new partnership with Now Group UK Limited (“Now Group”) to provide its warehousing and distribution services.

Amethyst is a 3PL provider and offers full warehousing and distribution services to its clients from its bases in Warwickshire and Kent. Amethyst opened a new Super Hub at its Wellesbourne site in 2017 to provide high tech modern facilities to its client base. Amethyst services a number of well-known clients in toys & games, baby and fashion sectors. Amethyst, together with its sister company PNC Global Logistics, can also offer freight forwarding services Amethyst can manage your stock from factory to customer.

Now Group is a distributor of Outback BBQ’s, Bose, Denon and other high-end Audio equipment and personal breathalysers.

Allan Fosbrook, Amethyst Sales Director said, “Now Group have a great range of products and we are excited to be working with them to deliver a high quality responsive service”.

Hunter Abbott from Now Group said, “we are delighted to be working with Amethyst. We chose them because we required a company that knows how to deliver on time and in full as our brands required this to grow”.

Amethyst and PNC are part of the Cathay Investments group. For more information see www.amethystgroup.co.uk , www.pncgl.com , www.cathay-investments.com or contact Allan on 07730 982907, afosbrook@amethystgroup.co.uk.

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Virginia International Gateway Takes Delivery of Four Giant Cranes

Alinda

Marking the latest development in the Phase II Expansion at Virginia International Gateway, four new STS cranes arrived safely at the terminal in early January 2019. The cranes are the largest in the Americas and able to service the biggest ships calling at the United States today and for the foreseeable future. Please watch the video of this historic project milestone, “Building the Capacity for Greatness.”

Good progress is being made on the $320 million Phase II Expansion which will double Virginia International Gateway’s capacity to more than two million TEUs (Twenty Foot Equivalent Container Units). Four newly-constructed inbound truck gates and the first of two newly-configured rail bundles, served by two semi-automated cantilever rail-mounted gantries, are now operational. In addition, the 800-foot expansion of Virginia International Gateway’s wharf is complete and almost all 13 new container stacks supported by 26 new rail-mounted gantry cranes are in service. The project is proceeding on schedule with completion scheduled for mid-2019.

The Port of Virginia handled record volumes during calendar year 2018, at 2.85 million TEUs. Further enhancing the Port’s ability to effectively serve their ocean carrier customers, full Federal authorization was secured in 2018 for the ‘Wider, Deeper, Safer’ effort, a strategic project to deepen the Norfolk Harbor to 55 feet and widen portions of the commercial navigation channels. Together with the Phase II Expansion at Virginia International Gateway, the Port of Virginia is well positioned to become the deepest and safest port on the U.S. East Coast capable of handling the increasingly large container ships that underpin the next evolution in international trade.

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