Stobart Europe has bought Soloja Autotransporte in a move aimed at enhancing its finished vehicle logistics services in Europe.

Stobart Europe acquires Suloja Autotransporte GmbH

Last year Suloja Autotransporte moved 35,000 vehicles in Germany

Stobart Europe (formerly Walon), which is a division of Culina Group, said the combined business would better serve its automotive customers and create a more efficient transport network for vehicle deliveries. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Last year Suloja transported more than 35,000 vehicles for customers in Germany using a specialised fleet of 20 transporters. The company’s turnover was €6.8m ($7.4m).

Stobart Europe’s own finished vehicle business – Stobart Automotive – has divisions in Belgium, Czech Republic and the Netherlands, deploying a fleet of 100 car transporters to deliver cars across Europe. It provides storage for upwards of 8,000 vehicles, has a delivery centre in Genk, and offers pre-delivery inspection and remarketing services.

“Suloja and Stobart Europe are complementary companies,” said Raf Hustinx, CEO of Stobart Europe. “Both companies are strong organisations with a good reputation in the automotive logistics sector. It is an acquisition that will be beneficial for all employees and customers and will strengthen Stobart Europe’s position as a key player in European automotive logistics.”

Culina Group, an established provider of logistics for fast-moving consumer goods, acquired Stobart Europe when it took over GreenWhiteStar Acquistions in 2021. That buyout also included Stobart (UK), iForce, The Pallet Network and The Logistics People.