Changing landscape

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Welcome to LM Top 50, Logistics Manager’s survey of the top logistics service providers 2011.

It has been a busy year for the 3PL sector, with a number of mergers and acquisitions changing the landscape of the market in the UK.

Perhaps the biggest news is Norbert Dentressangle’s takeover of TDG in a £212m cash deal. The move, along with its acquisition of Schneider International last November will allow the company to extend its activities into the chemicals, fuel and petrochemicals, automotive and construction industries. Other significant acquisitions include Kuehne + Nagel buying Nottingham-based groupage operator RH Freight as part of its strategy to expand its European overland network, and Bibby Distribution taking over Taygroup, TM Logistics and a significant part of the English operations of haulage company MRS Distribution.

LM Top 50 aims to provide the fundamental data needed when looking for a logistics partner, as well as the dos and don’ts of making the right choice. It also offers a round up of what’s been happening over the past year, including any takeovers and mergers, major contract wins and significant personnel changes, plus a look forward at developing trends.

As well as listing the top 50 3PLs – which are ranked by annual turnover for the first time rather than in alphabetical order – we have also highlighted the most influential people within the sector, as voted for by readers.

To compile the survey we asked companies to supply us with all the relevant facts, as well as taking information from accounts lodged at Companies House and data from Perfect Information (see right). We have made every effort to contact all the relevant companies, but we are reliant on companies supplying data and in some cases have not been able to get the information we require. Please contact us if you feel your company should be included next year.

Click here to view the LM Top 50 supplement

Lucy Tesseras
Assistant Editor

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