Tuesday, March 18, 2008

UPS buys into Romania

Source: supplychainstandard.com

UPS has agreed to acquire its authorised service contractor in Romania, Trans Courier Service (TCS) SRL and will take 100 per cent ownership of the company. TCS has been UPS’s authorised service contractor in Romania since it was founded in 2000. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The acquisition agreement marks a logical extension of a successful business relationship that dates back to 1990, when UPS first offered its service to customers in Romania through Romtrans SA, TCS’s parent company. UPS expects to complete the transaction in the second quarter of 2008, subject to customary closing conditions.

As a result of the acquisition, UPS in Romania will be able to solidify its premium service offering to customers and improve its levels of service quality in one of the fastest-growing economies in the EU while continuing to offer customers best-in-class shipping reliability and access to global markets.

‘This agreement opens a wealth of opportunity for UPS customers seeking to do business to and from Romania’, says Wolfgang Flick, president, UPS Europe. ‘With direct control of our own network, UPS will have the flexibility it needs to expand operations and to invest in infrastructure, technology, brand presence and employee development. And our customers will have the confidence of knowing we can stay ahead of demand in a country that’s growing GDP at almost three times the EU average’.

TCS’s customers include some of the most recognized brands in Romania across a broad range of industries. TCS operates facilities in Bucharest, Timisoara and Constanta and connects to UPS’s global network with a flight operating between Bucharest and Cologne every weekday.

‘This acquisition is an ideal strategic and operational fit for UPS’, says Flick. ‘Romania is clearly one of the most dynamic economies in Europe and an opportunity market, especially since joining the EU last year, and we are delighted with the progression of our business in this key southeastern European nation. In addition, we are very pleased to welcome the more than 100 hard-working TCS employees into the UPS family – already 40,000 strong across Europe’.

UPS has enjoyed solid growth in Romania over the years and in 2007 recorded a 10 per cent gain in export volume growth from Romania compared to the prior year.

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