SNCB Logistics > News > Belgian rail freight group SNCB Logistics sells barging companies H&S Container Line and Haeger & Schmidt International as well as its majority stake in RKE to Austrian Felbermayr Group

Belgian rail freight group SNCB Logistics sells barging companies H&S Container Line and Haeger & Schmidt International as well as its majority stake in RKE to Austrian Felbermayr Group

Duisburg, March 28, 2013 – SNCB Logistics Group and Felbermayr Group have announced today that the inland shipping companies H&S Container Line GmbH, Haeger & Schmidt International GmbH and RKE N.V. (majority stake), that were owned by SNCB Logistics Group, have been sold to Felbermayr Holding GmbH, Wels, Austria (with retroactive effect as of January 1, 2013).

SNCB Logistics Groups sold all of its shares in the three companies to Felbermayr: H&S Container Line GmbH was a 100% affiliate of Inter Ferry Boats (affiliate of SNCB Logistics), Haeger & Schmidt International GmbH was a 100% affiliate of Xpedys (affiliate of SNCB Logistics) and Xpedys also held a 61,46% stake in RKE NV. ThyssenKrupp continues to hold its 38,54% stake in RKE.

The management and staff remain in place and the continuity of the activities of the three companies is assured.

With this transaction, SNCB Logistics executes another key measure of its restructuring plan. SNCB Logistics indeed wants to focus on its core rail freight business, and notably become a competitive private railway company.

For Felbermayr, the acquisition of these three barging companies complements the already existing port facilities in Linz an der Donau and Krefeld am Rhein. As such the companies are intended as a rounding off to the existing portfolio with future synergies.
Both buyer and seller intend to continue the mutually beneficial commercial cooperation, such as the key railway connections from the Belgian ports of Antwerp and Zeebrugge to Duisburg, Andernach, Ottmarsheim and Strasbourg.

About Felbermayr:
Felbermayr is a family business, founded in 1942. For the time being, the company has 19 locations in Austria and altogether 62 branches in 15 countries. Its core business is situated both in transport & lift-techniques (special transports, crane- and gantry rental) and in construction industry. For the time being, Felbermayr counts approx. 2.500 employees in Austria and abroad. www.Felbermayr.cc.

About SNCB Logistics:
SNCB Logistics, headquartered in Brussels, is an independent rail freight company that is part of the SNCB group. The group was created in 2008 by integrating all companies that were active in the SNCB freight division to bring strengths and complementary activities under one sound structure. On 1 February 2011, the company SNCB Logistics became operational as a rail operator. All entities of the group work on the same clear mission: to grow into a profitable, independent, efficient railway company that provides customer-oriented services to companies and large industrial groups. To that end, SNCB Logistics will endeavour continuously to improve quality, productivity, cost efficiency and its service offering. The group’s commercial flagships are IFB for container transport and Xpedys for logistical solutions for conventional transport (heavy industries and industrial & consumer goods). SNCB Logistics is responsible for rail production in Belgium, and calls on reliable partners such as Cobra and Sibelit for international rail transport. www.sncblogistics.com – www.interferryboats.com – www.xpedys.com

For all complementary information:
Felbermayr – Markus Lackner – Tel. +43 7242 695 136 - E-mail: m.lackner@felbermayr.cc - Machstraße 7, A-4600 Wels
SNCB Logistics – Veerle Van Mierlo – Tel. +32 (0)2 432 91 78 – Mobile : +32 (0)472 92 02 29 – E-mail: veerle.vanmierlo@blogistics.be – Boulevard du Roi Albert II 37– B-1030 Brussels