Qube’s port logistics division, Qube Logistics, has acquired national rail freight forwarder Austrans, along with its facilities in Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane.
John Digney, Logistics Director, Qube said the acquisition is significant as it provides Qube Logistics the ability to deliver additional services to its customer base.
“Austrans is a market leader in the national rail freight forwarding market; it has built a substantial business by focusing on an excellent customer service culture combined with delivering efficient services for its customers,” added Digney.
“Austrans provides a great platform for Qube in the domestic freight logistics market that will provide significant paths for growth.”
Austrans was founded in Melbourne, Victoria, in 1986 by Peter O’Shea. The logistics company now employs over 60 staff members, numerous subcontractors and has a comprehensive local transport fleet supported by a national container fleet of approximately 300 units.
O’Shea, Owner and Director of Austrans, will remain in the business to assist with the transition.
“I am very excited for the staff and customers of Austrans,” said O’Shea. “Qube Logistics offers a great opportunity for all parties to be part of a growing national logistics business.”
Peter Vertkas, CEO, Austrans will continue to lead the business.
“I am delighted with the opportunity to continue to lead the business within a major national logistics provider which will provide greater opportunity for our management and staff and a greater offering to our valued customers,” Vertkas said.