Abbey Logistics Magazine Spring Edition 2021

Increased flexibility and reliability for our customers as Abbey acquires liquid food tanker specialist Welch Hire. ABBEY ACQUIRES LIQUID FOOD TANKER SPECIALIST WELCH HIRE

T he transaction extends Abbey’s network coverage with the addition of 48 bulk liquid road tankers and 13 tractor units. The deal also gives Abbey an operating site in the South West of England and a larger customer footprint in Europe, which will open further commercial opportunities for the business. Welch is well known in the bulk liquid food and animal feed markets in both the UK and Europe, and the company shares several customers with

Abbey. Together, the combined business will further strengthen Abbey’s position as the UK’s leading tanker company in bulk liquid food as the deal adds further scale, capability, and flexibility into its operations. Founded in 1998, Welch Hire has a large and modern liquid bulk road tanker fleet and, in addition to their tank hire business, the company provides both fully managed logistics solutions and single ‘spot’ product movements of bulk liquid food-grade

products throughout the UK and Europe.

Welch’s employees will transfer to Abbey under the deal and the company will be integrated into the Abbey brand following a period of familiarisation.

Steve Granite, Abbey Logistics CEO said:

“This acquisition is a natural step for us as we further enhance our market-leading position in bulk liquid food and boost the support we

L to R: Toni Petrou, Nick Wheller, Mel Davies


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