JV formed to capture more work in Australia's growing sectors

JV formed to capture more work in Australia’s growing sectors

Illustration purposes only F.H. Bertling Logistics

With the Australian energy, mining and construction sectors growing, Bertling Logistics and Clemenger International Freight have set sights on a larger piece of the pie. The two companies formed a Perth-based joint venture, Clemenger Bertling Projects to jointly explore new business opportunities down under. 

In a joint statement, the joint venture aims to focus on responsible logistics solutions in line with local operating standards for health, safety and the environment. In addition to the Perth head office, the JV will have offices in Melbourne, Sidney and Brisbane, and a network of partners and suppliers throughout Australia.

The JV will be headed by Chris Nicholson as general manager. Nicholson has been working at Clemenger since 2015 and knows the global Bertling team very well from his previous assignment in Australia. Chris has more than 35 years of experience in global freight forwarding and project logistics. Bertling and Clemenger have been agency partners since 2015.

JV formed to capture more work in Australia's growing sectors
Chris Nicholson, GM Clemenger Bertling Projects

JV aiming for Australian logistics market top spot

The combination will bring together Bertling’s focus on global project logistics and transport engineering solutions, while Clemenger primarily specialises in general freight forwarding and in-house customs clearance services in Australia.

Colin MacIsaac, CEO of Bertling Logistics, said, “We are convinced that our new JV will obtain a leading position in the Australian logistics market and that we will be ideally positioned to adequately respond to and serve the logistics need arising from the ongoing energy transition”

Clemenger will contribute its varied local logistics expertise, partner network and access to transport vehicles and equipment. Bertling will bring in its global office and supplier network, a modern IT infrastructure, and a varied project expertise in Australia and neighbouring ASPAC countries, such as Singapore, China, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Of special value will be the in-house customs consultancy and clearance services of the JV, which will enable the company to offer door-to-door service, advice, and documentation services to their local and global client base.

“We are proud to have in Bertling a loyal and partner to add value and broaden our local service offering in Australia and to diversify our portfolio”, says Michael Clemenger, managing director of Clemenger. “We know their dedication, go-anywhere-approach and high-quality transport engineering know-how very well from our long-term collaboration and look forward to consolidating our both companies’ competences under one roof from now on”, Michael continues.

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