ECS Group, the world’s leading cargo general sales and services agent (GSSA), has consolidated its position in Scandinavia with the acquisition of Heavyweight Freight (HWF Group), a highly successful GSSA with offices throughout the Nordic region.
Created in 2006 by its current Managing Director, Sören Björkman, HWF Group has built a strong reputation based upon the skills and experience of its management and staff. Prior to forming HWF Group, Mr Björkman worked for companies including SAS and Panalpina, while co-owner Torbjörn Lundblad held senior roles with DHL Aviation and Martinair. In Denmark, Nicolaj Mariegaard, Managing Director and co-owner, also has a strong background in the industry gained with DHL Aviation and Martinair.
Employing 23 people at its bases in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland, HWF Group sold around 20 000 tonnes of freight capacity in 2013 on behalf of its airline partners. Its airline portfolio includes Air Canada, Centurion Cargo, DHL Aviation, Saudi, Virgin Atlantic and Singapore Airlines.
Bertrand Schmoll, ECS Group Chairman and CEO, commented: “I am really pleased to welcome HWF Group into the ECS Group, strengthening our presence in Europe and reinforcing our leadership in Scandinavia. Heavyweight Freight is an excellent GSSA, managed by experienced people who have come through some of the best ‘schools’ of freight and who know the market well.”
Mr Schmoll said it was the excellence of HWF Group’s management that had convinced him to make this acquisition. “ECS Group’s strategy is to strengthen its expertise and airline relationships by working with the best people in this business,” he added. “Putting flags on a map or simply gaining market share is not a satisfactory nor a sufficient goal.”
HWF Group will complement ECS Group’s other companies in Scandinavia, Nordic GSA and Universal GSA, reinforcing links with airlines that the group already represents in other countries and making new connections with airlines that are new customers within the group or the region.
Sören Björkman commented: “ECS is a global leader in our field, with a reputation for good practice, management and systems, and so it is a privilege to become part of the group. This is an exceptional opportunity for HWF Group and its staff to develop and benefit from ECS Group’s experience, capabilities, and networks all around the world, and we are all enthusiastic about joining the ECS Group family.”
About ECS
ECS is the global leader in GSSA services. The ECS portfolio spans across 36 countries with 100 offices, 65 subsidiaries and over 700 employees, carrying more than 700 000 tonnes of freight for its airline partners. An award-winning GSSA, ECS prides itself on its leadership, entering into long-term partnerships with its airline partners and committing to furthering the airline’s development throughout its network. Trust, transparency and traceability are the core principles of how the ECS Group does business.