OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATurkish transport and logistics provider Ekol has opened a new 10,000 sq.m warehouse in Hungary that will provide cross dock and contract logistics services for customers across a number of sectors, including automotive parts provider Robert Bosch.

“From this building Ekol has the possibility to organise transport via road, rail and river but at the same time we are still close to the city centre,” said Ákos Kovács, country manager of Ekol Hungary. “This new distribution centre is able to offer trimodal solutions and because Ekol is very strong in intermodal we believe this location is very beneficial not only for us but for our customers as well.”
According to Ekol the facility is adjacent to a container terminal and customs office, and the warehouse offers bonded and customs warehouse services. It also has a rack system for heavy pallets, as well as offering value added services.

Ekol has been in Hungary for two years and operates a fleet of 100 vehicles in the country.

As part of its recent growth project, Ekol is now operating in ten European countries (out of a total of 11), nine of which have been established in the last four years. It set up new business in Poland in May this year and has plans to expand further over the next few years.

“In the foreseeable future Ekol will open companies in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Iran,” Wojciech Brzuska, general manager, Ekol Europe said.

From its beginnings 25 years ago in Istanbul, the company has grown into an integrated logistics provider handling both intermodal transport and cross-dock services for inbound parts across Europe. It has its own fleet of 4,000 trucks, while also using subcontractors. The latest facility in Hungary adds to Ekol’s purpose-built warehousing space in Europe, which is now more than 100,000 sq.m, of a total of 600,000 sq.m including in Turkey.