Transport and logistics provider Gefco celebrated 30 years of business in Spain earlier this month. The event coincided with the announcement that Julián Navarro has replaced Dulsé Díaz as Gefco Spain's new managing director, following the latter’s retirement. Navarro joined Gefco in 1988 and managed the company's subsidiaries in Argentina and Chile between 2009 and 2014.

Established in 1985, Gefco Spain was one of the first subsidiaries the group set up and it has grown to include 36 logistics sites serving 5,500 customers said the company. In the automotive sector these include PSA Peugeot Citroën, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and parts supplier Delphi. Last year the division established a new finished vehicle rail service in the country. The service operates 2-3 trains a week to move Citroën vehicles from Vigo to southern France.

Gefco said that it has benefited from the recovery of the automotive sector, due in particular to the national plan – Pive – which boosted sales in 2014 with 855,308 vehicle registrations recorded over the year, up 18.4% compared with 2013. Gefco recorded in €310m ($330m) turnover in Spain in 2013, accounting for more than 7% of the total group revenue. It provides value-added services for warehouse logistics, ground transport, sea and air transport in addition to customs services and tax representation in the country.