German-based vehicle transporter Mosolf Group is taking over German rival firm Autokontor Bayern to reinforce its position “in an environment where markets are becoming more specialist and consolidating,” said the company’s CEO, Jörg Mosolf.
The ownership change means Autokontor Bayern’s main shareholder and joint managing director Bernd Sauter will leave the company. His co-shareholder, Roland Kuch, will continue as managing director. Autokontor Bayern, headquartered in Buch, Bavaria, employs more than 300 workers.
The acquisition adds eight sites, 130 special car transporters and 32,000 car parking spaces to the Mosolf Group. Five of the acquired sites also provide pre-delivery inspection, preparation, mechanical, coating, bodywork and other services.
After the takeover, Mosolf’s assets will include 38 technical and logistics centres, 980 special vehicle transporters, 100 high and heavy special transporters, 350 double-decker railway wagons, two ro-ro inland waterway vessels and storage capacity for 155,000 vehicles.
In recent months, the group has bought compatriot AFG, a releasing agent operating between vehicle manufacturers and freight forwarders, and acquired complete ownership of SAT, previously a 50:50 joint venture with the Schnellecke Group. SAT handles new and used vehicles for manufacturers, dealers and fleet operators, and is releasing agent at the Volkswagen plant in Zwickau-Mosel, Germany.