Global logistics provider Van den Bosch has concluded a joint venture with South Africa’s Aspen International, opening two new sites in Cape Town and Dubai, the company announced on 12 May.

The Aspen International joint venture will offer a full range of transport solutions to and from the South African market from the strategic hubs in Cape Town and Dubai.

“The main focus is on shipping liquid bulk products (food as well as chemicals) in tank containers in cooperation with Van den Bosch DMCC in Dubai,” the company said.

“Moreover, the business includes shipping liquid bulk products in flexitanks, palletised dry goods in 6m and 12m general purpose containers, as well as perishable goods in reefer tanks and containers.”

Director Peter van den Bosch said the cooperation was another new step ahead in the African market.

“We believe in Africa’s potential and want to further develop this growth market. We have built a strong network in the past few years and we are now shipping various liquid bulk goods from, to and in Africa.

“Thanks to the new office in Cape Town, we will be locally represented in South Africa, so we will be able to support our clients even better in setting up and optimising their flows of goods from and to Africa.”

The Dutch Van den Bosch group is very active in the oils and fats market in Europe, acting as a bulk supply chain partner for major refiners such as IOI, Cargill, Olenex and Sime Darby (see OFI Transport & Logistics News, Nov/December 2015).

It said the African continent offered many opportunities in loading edible oils and fats and that volumes between Europe and Africa were growing because it was able to convince customers to ship liquids in ISO tanks instead of in small quantities, offering handling and heating advantages and savings in packaging costs.