Lufthansa Cargo Takes Over time:matters - Global Trade Magazine
  August 17th, 2016 | Written by

Lufthansa Cargo Takes Over time:matters

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  • Lufthansa Cargo gained full control of express carrier.
  • Aheim Capital and management sell their shares in the express logistics company.
  • Lufthansa Cargo and time:matters have been cooperating on express products.

Lufthansa Cargo has taken over complete ownership of the time:matters group, experts in global same-day delivery and time-critical international spare part logistics.

The cargo airline, which spun off time:matters as a subsidiary in 2002, had already held a 49 per cent share. The majority 51 per cent shareholding had been held by financial investor Aheim Capital and time:matters management.

The acquisition is seen by some observers as a move by Lufthansa Cargo into the express delivery market.

Lufthansa Cargo and time:matters had already been cooperating successfully on express products. The takeover is in line with the Lufthansa Group’s new growth strategy.

“time:matters has established itself in recent years as the leading specialist for same-day delivery and emergency logistics in Europe,” said Peter Gerber, CEO and chairman of the executive board of Lufthansa Cargo. “With time:matters, we are aiming to grow our business in the special segment as well. Our focus is all about maximum reliability, exceptional service and customized solutions.”

time:matters is to be maintained as an independent company.

“With its technology and service platform, hardly any other logistics company can match time:matters in terms of service and flexibility,” Franz-Joseph Miller, the chief executive officer of time:matters. “Since 2006, we have more than tripled our revenue to over 65 million euros.” Miller also said he believes there is enormous potential for further growth in the segment.

Peter Blumenwitz from Aheim Capital added: “After around ten years of intensive cooperation with the time:matters management team, we are pleased to be in a position to hand over to Lufthansa Cargo a company which, with its employees, is among the most innovative and creative in its industry and therefore represents an excellent platform for future air freight logistics concepts for the Lufthansa Group.”

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