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Yusen Logistics (Europe) was the only logistics company to receive an award from Toyota Motor Europe at its Annual Business Meeting & Supplier Awards Ceremony held in Brussels, Belgium, recently.

Of the 27 awards given to the carmaker’s parts and services suppliers in Europe, Yusen took the Superior Award in the Supply category.

Yusen said it received the award in recognition of the way in which it managed the recent acquisition of Transfreight Automotive Logistics Europe, also a key supply chain provider to TME.

Commenting on the award, Jean-Christophe Deville, TME’s purchasing director, praised “the smooth transition, timely and clear communications, and excellent delivery and supply capability” shown by Yusen Logistics.

The award was presented by Masahisa Nagata, TME executive vice-president of R&D, purchasing and production engineering, and was picked up by Ian Veitch, chief regional officer at Yusen Logistics Europe.

“I am absolutely delighted to receive this award on behalf of Yusen,” said Veitch. “It is great to be recognised by TME for the smooth integration of this acquisition. The Transfreight business offers an excellent fit for Yusen Logistics, with a service offer and regional focus which complement Yusen’s infrastructure. We will ensure that TME continues to benefit from the combined organisation's industry expertise and broad-based supply chain solutions."

With the Transfreight buyout, Yusen has added consolidation points in western Europe, as well as multimodal options between northern and southern Europe. The company said the acquisition boosted its footprint and skill base in northern France, which it said was “an area with a high density of tier ones and OEMs”.

TME also selected an extra category of winners this year called Self Reliant Suppliers, which applies to suppliers that followed production preparation activities without the need for internal supplier production management support.