Since our establishment in 1976, we have been through a series of mergers to maintain a key position in the global transport industry. As a result, we have grown stronger and larger. With the acquisition of Panalpina Welttransport, we have further strengthened our global network and are now the world's fourth largest transport and logistics company.
It all began in 1976 when Leif Tullberg and nine independent trucking companies established DSV, De Sammensluttede Vognmænd af 13-7 1976 A/S. The company operated as a cartage department for the owners and only handled contracting haulage and deliveries. Soon, the vision became to enter the international transport market. It was realised in 1989 with the acquisition of two competing export companies Borup Autotransport A/S and Hammerbro A/S-Bech Trans, followed by Samson Transport Co. A/S in 1997 and Svex Group AB in 1999. These were important acquisitions as they altered the services and product focus as well as made the framework for an international future of the company.
Strengthening our global position
In 2000, the biggest step in the company's history was taken by the acquisition of DFDS Dan Transport Group, which led to a new era and strategy. Not only did we strengthen our global network, we also entered new market segments. In addition to road transport services in Scandinavia, the UK, the Baltics and Europe, the acquisition secured a comprehensive logistics set-up as well as a key position within airfreight and overseas transports to the US and Asia Pacific markets.
In 2005, our position in the air and sea transport industry was further strengthened with the acquisition of J.H. Bachmann. The following year, DSV acquired Frans Maas and advanced its position from being a Scandinavian player to being a true Pan-European road transport and logistics player. With the acquisition of ABX LOGISTICS in 2008, DSV gained presence in South America and is now present on all continents. Furthermore, we have strengthened our position in Europe, particularly in Italy, Germany, France and Spain. DSV acquired UTi Worldwide Inc. in 2016, strengthening our position worldwide, particularly in the US and Africa.
Achieving more together
In 2019, DSV joined forced with Panalpina Welttransport, becoming the world's fourth largest transport and logistics company. The addition strengthened our position across the globe, particularly within air freight and sea freight.
To put focus on our different services and customer segments, DSV separated its operations into three divisions in 2001: Road, Air & Sea and Solutions. The services are being developed, interpreted and tailor-made to meet our customers' increasing demands in respect of product solutions, prices and transit times. We will position DSV as a key player in the international transport and logistics industry and be open to advantageous opportunities and further development of our business.