Hillebrand joins forces with Deutsche Post DHL
Mainz, Germany, August 17th, 2021
Dear Customers and Partners,
I’m pleased to share with you a very unique and exciting message. Hillebrand’s shareholders have decided to enter into an agreement to sell up to 100% of Hillebrand to Deutsche Post DHL Group (DPDHL), the world’s leading logistic company. The transaction is still subject to regulatory approval in certain jurisdictions. Such clearances are expected in the coming months.
Headquartered in Bonn Germany, DPDHL is home to two major brands: Deutsche Post and DHL. Deutsche Post is Europe’s leading postal and parcel service provider. DHL offers a comprehensive range of parcel and international express service, freight transport, and supply chain management services, as well as e-commerce logistics solutions. Combined, DPDHL employs approximately 570,000 people in over 220 countries and territories worldwide and generates revenues of more than EUR 66 billion in 2020.
Hillebrand will remain a brand within DPDHL and fall under the umbrella of the group’s Global Forwarding and Freight division (DGFF). DGFF is currently ranked worldwide as the #1 in airfreight (with >3m tonnes shipped), #2 in ocean freight (with >3m TEU’s shipped) and holds a leading position in (European) road freight.
Hillebrand will continue to build on its 177-year heritage and reinforce its strategy to lead the market in the forwarding, transport and logistics for beverages, non-hazardous bulk liquids and other products that deserve special care. By joining forces with DPDHL we expect to bring you the best of both companies, complementing Hillebrand’s global service offering with the vast scale and capabilities of the Deutsche Post DHL Group. The size and activities of DGFF alone will allow us to further optimize our specialized service solutions as well as provide you with a wider array of end-to-end offerings that will enhance your customer experience. In addition, we will be able to benefit from DPDHL’s leading position in supply chain management, its fast growing e-commerce capabilities and clearly defined sustainability roadmap. This will lead to more innovative, cost effective and environmentally friendly solutions, while we ensure the high level of service to which you are accustomed.
For the time being it is business as usual and your Hillebrand representative is at your disposal for any questions you may have. We would like to thank you for your continued loyalty and we look forward to taking this exciting next step in our journey together.
Cees van Gent
CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board