SeaRoad Logistics takes over R Thorpe

SeaRoad Logistics buys warehousing, freight forwarding and logistics firm R Thorpe for an undisclosed sum

By Rob McKay | October 29, 2010

Consolidation is the air in Tasmania with SeaRoad Logistics buying Hobart transport warehousing, freight forwarding and logistics firm R Thorpe for an undisclosed sum.

Thorpe the family firm is made up of Thorpe Transport, Thorpe Tasmanian Shipping and Thorpe Warehousing and Distribution.

It opened a new 12,000sqm facility in Derrimut in Melbourne’s west less than two years ago and has other warehouses in Hobart, Launceston and Devonport.

"This transaction creates the opportunity to provide customers with improved service choices, taking advantage of the strengths associated with each of these well-established and highly-regarded organisations," SeaRoad Managing Director James Bryant says.

"By bringing the two companies together we’ll be able expand services to customers, based on a larger business footprint.

"Combined equipment, infrastructure and facilities will increase the efficiency of all transport and logistics activities in Tasmania and on the mainland, and enable us to offer a wider range of solutions to importers, exporters, local producers and shippers."

Earlier this year SeaRoad Logistics acquired the Tasmanian general cartage and freight forwarding business of Chas Kelly Transport.

"Both of these transactions provide significant economies of scale and synergistic benefits to SeaRoad Logistics," Bryant says.

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