Finnish K.Hartwall and their Australian distribution partner, Retailquip, join forces

HELSINKI - April 4, 2024 - PRLog -- K.Hartwall, a family-owned and global leading provider of intralogistics solutions, announces today the acquisition of the Australian company Retailquip. This marks a significant milestone in K.Hartwall's strategic growth plan to strengthen its presence in Australia and throughout the APAC region.

"For over 20 years, both companies have been cooperating to serve Australian customers with best-fit solutions to improve the efficiency of their operations. It all started in 2005 when the first Compactainers were supplied to Coles-Myer to replace their pallet operations. Already back then we saw the synergies between both companies.", says Jerker Hartwall, CEO of K.Hartwall. "We are convinced that it will strengthen our position in market and enable us to offer even better and more adaptive solutions to our customers, including a rental business model."

"We see Retailquip becoming a hub for us to develop our position within the APAC region, where the need for efficient logistics solutions is greater than ever. Furthermore, our intention is to build a future stronghold for Automation in Australia.", adds Jerker Hartwall.

K.Hartwall is excited to welcome Retailquip's current management to the K.Hartwall family. Clare Hart-Davies, current Managing Director of Retailquip, along with her management team, will continue to lead daily operations. Clare and her team share a common goal with K. Hartwall - a commitment to maintaining continuity and reliability for our customers, and to build on the success that Retailquip has achieved in Australia over the last two decades.

"We are a proud family run Australian business, so it was important to us that we retain our strong family values, and we are very excited to be welcomed into K.Hartwall family. Just over 20 years ago, my father met John Hartwall - and one would argue that the Australian retail and logistics landscape hasn't been the same since!" tells Clare Hart-Davies, Managing Director of Retailquip and youngest daughter of Retailquip's late founder, Tom Hart-Davies.

"K.Hartwall's commitment to sustainability, quality, efficiency, and their customers is unrivalled – and we would know! We have been lucky enough to experience this as a loyal customer of theirs for several decades, and so this acquisition feels like it was meant to be. It is a very exciting time to be a part of the supply chain movement in Australia, and we have a great opportunity here to bring more of that Nordic innovation to our shores! I am confident that our future with K.Hartwall will see us continue to support our customers locally whilst becoming a prominent supplier in the wider APAC region - and I can't wait to be a part of it".

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Jerker Hartwall

CEO of K.Hartwall

Clare Hart-Davies

Managing Director of Retailquip
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