Search
Norfolk Business Awards 2018

Dutch logistics group IRF acquires Thetford-based freight forwarder UFS

PUBLISHED: 12:04 13 February 2017 | UPDATED: 23:11 13 February 2017

Signage at UFS in Thetford.
Picture: Keith Mindham

Signage at UFS in Thetford. Picture: Keith Mindham

Copyright: Keith Mindham Photography 2011. Licence to use: You can not sell or licence these images for use to any other organis

East Anglian freight forwarding business UFS has been acquired for an undisclosed sum by the Dutch logistics company IRF Holdings.

International Road Ferry owner IRF Holdings has acquired freight forwarding firm UFS.International Road Ferry owner IRF Holdings has acquired freight forwarding firm UFS.

The sale of Thetford-based UFS to IRF, with which it has worked as a transport partner for 20 years, marks the retirement of Ray Ludlam, following a long career in both freight forwarding and manufacturing.

IRF, which trades as International Road Ferry, is based in Rotterdam and already has UK bases at Felixstowe, Dover and Manchester as well as a presence in three other European countries.

“As part of the IRF group UFS now has access to the IRF facilities in the Netherlands, Germany, France and Poland and the IRF group can now list UK locations at Thetford, Manchester and Dover in addition to its own established location in Felixstowe,” said UFS in a statement.

“The staff of UFS wish Ray a long and healthy retirement and would like thank Ray and his family for their support over the years and now look forward to an exciting future as part of the IRF group.”

IRF was assisted in the deal by the corporate and commercial and commercial property teams at law firm Prettys, which has offices in Ipswich and Chelmsford.

In addition to managing the acquisition, Prettys facilitated the transfer of shares and ownership of commercial property in the UK.

Miz Choudhury, solicitor at Prettys, said: “IRF is a long-standing client and we were pleased to bring together specialists from across the business to support their business growth.”

Fred Lagarde, director at IRF, added: “Prettys provided us with the right advice and support to ensure that everything could progress smoothly. The acquisition of UFS will allow us to substantially grow our business and continue to meet the needs of our customers.”

Search hundreds of local jobs at Jobs24

Management Jobs

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Insight

It’s been a busy week in the business world, so we’ve rounded up some of our biggest and most interesting stories that may have gone under the radar - and you can test your knowledge of both national and East Anglian stories in this week’s Biz Quiz.

Jamie Brown explains how Digital Decoded can help SMEs navigate the mire of marketing products.

Women in Business

cover

Enjoy the
Women in Business
digital edition

Read

Celebrating Success

cover

Enjoy the
Celebrating Success
digital edition

Read

Green 100

cover

Enjoy the Green 100
digital edition

Read

Meet the Team

Mark Shields

Business Editor

|

Chris Hill

Agricultural and Farming Editor

|

Business Most Read

Awards

Norfolk Future 50 EDP Business Awards Green 100