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Gosselin Mobility acquires moving division of Packimpex

Jun 29, 2017
The pan-European group Gosselin Mobility has acquired the moving activities of Packimpex with effect from July 1, 2017.

The deal concluded between Marc Smet (CEO and owner of Gosselin) and Marcel Jörg (CEO and owner of Packimpex) includes the moving and storage activities and real estate properties of Packimpex.

The move follows on the heels of Gosselin's recent merger with DT Moving UK and France, expanding the group's European presence into Berne, Basel, Zurich, Geneva and Eschbach in Germany. Gosselin Mobility now operates 56 offices in 34 countries.

The acquisition will bring over 100 Packimpex personnel, via a separate legal entity, into Gosselin Mobility UK. Marcel Jörg will become a shareholder of Gosselin Mobility UK Limited, alongside Nick Kerr and Marc Smet. Marcel retains ownership of Packimpex Ltd which continues to provide Swiss destination services (DSP), immigration and corporate apartment management services.

For Packimpex customers and business partners, whether they order moving and storage, DSP, immigration, corporate apartment management or any combination of these services, there is no change. Both Packimpex entities continue to provide relocation services under the Packimpex brand. Packimpex will leave the Harmony Relocation Network (formerly called UTS).

Announcing this acquisition, Marc Smet said, “This is an exciting opportunity that brings Gosselin Mobility into the Swiss market as a major player. Switzerland is renowned for its large corporate and diplomatic moving opportunities. [Packimpex’s] customer-oriented culture and innovative services have always impressed me.”

Marcel Jörg said that this move makes Packimpex more competitive. “As large corporations and relocation management companies continue to reduce their supply chain, it is of utmost importance for our moving business to be part of a strong pan-European organisation,” he explained. “We want to continue responding to the increasing customer demands in technology, legal and compliance while maintaining our competitiveness. It is my firm belief that we will achieve this as part of Gosselin Mobility. I am convinced that our moving and storage business, and the respective teams, will have a prosperous future.”

In regards to staffing and personnel, Nick Kerr, Gosselin Mobility UK’s Managing Director said, “We will combine the talents of the respective staff in our businesses into a single forward-looking team. There are many synergies and very little duplication amongst the personnel, which means security and enhanced career opportunities in the longer term.”

Ernst Jörg, founder and President of the Board of Packimpex and well-known industry expert believes that the transaction will provide clear opportunities for growth. "In response to the changing markets and the evolution of the customer needs, the Board has decided some time ago to take a next and important step to safeguard the interests of customers and staff and to open the door for new opportunities and further growth,” he said. ”It takes courage and vision to move forward in good times and to be proactive rather than re-active in a fast moving environment. We are happy that we have found Gosselin, an organisation that is willing to build on our strengths. Together we can best respond to the needs of tomorrow's customer of this fantastic moving industry."

Packimpex was founded in 1997, employs over 220 people and has 11 offices in Switzerland and a moving hub in Eschbach, Germany.  Gosselin group was founded in 1930, employs over 800 people and has 56 group offices in 34 countries.

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