NEWS AND PRESS RELEASES
Horizon Auto Logistics opens European Branch Office
Horizon today announced the opening of a Branch in Paris, France. The Company currently operates in the Americas but has ambitions to expand its total logistics operating model globally. Says Per Folkesson, Group CEO: “As a Group and since we have a global ambition for our business, this is a natural step for us to take. Some of our current customer bases are headquartered in Europe and we need to be closer to them, and of course we are equally very interested in new opportunities on the European continent. The European office can as well function as a bridge towards other neighboring continents”. The Company has appointed Manuela Sageot-Chomel as their Commercial Representative. Manuela worked between 2011 and 2014 for the Group based in Panama. She then relocated to Europe in 2017 working within automotive logistics. Per continues: “In Manuela we have a very capable colleague whom we know from the past, we are very excited for this development”. Manuela says: “I am thrilled to rejoin the team. What differentiates Horizon is the ability to innovate the automotive supply chain, thanks to a combination of outstanding human capital and state of the art technology. In times of disruption, challenges become opportunities and I believe Europe is the place to broaden the horizon". About Horizon Auto Logistics: Horizon Auto Logistics is a global Automotive Logistics Integrator providing a variety of professional value-added services to the Finished Vehicle, Heavy Equipment and Project Cargo Industries. We strongly believe in seamless Supply Chain Operations to reduce costs, shorten lead times, and alleviating capacity constraints while leaving a positive environmental and social impact. We employ a motivated human capital and technological talent, combined with a refined process environment and capable operating system, continuously delivering within these fields, and supported by an innovation platform to deliver technology and services of the future and remain a leader within Automotive Logistics. For further information, please contact: Per Folkesson, +1 904-426-4577, firstname.lastname@example.org Manuela Sageot-Chomel, +33 (0) 6 70 27 58 90, email@example.com
Fast Terminal International wins the THINK INNOVATIVELY award!
[ENG] Fast Terminal International has been recognized by Renault SOFASA with the THINK INNOVATIVELY award for their partnership at the SOFASA production facility in Envigado (Medellin), Colombia! Says Stefany Arbelaez, VP & Head of Colombia: “Our partnership with Renault is very rewarding in terms of how both parties value an open, transparent, and results-oriented relationship. It invariably leads to a high level of innovation in setting new standards and excellence. It wouldn’t have been possible without them pushing us along this path”. As we say in our Group of Companies, innovative thinking is a mindset and it’s absolutely essential to remain a leader within Automotive Logistics! [SPA] Fast Terminal international ha sido premiado por Renault Sofasa con el galardón de “THINK INNOVATIVELY” por su trabajo en conjunto con Sofasa en la planta de ensamble de Envigado (Medellin), Colombia! Stefany Arbelaez, VP & Head of Colombia, comenta: “Nuestra asociación con Renault es muy gratificante en los términos de cómo ambas partes valoran una relación abierta, transparente y orientada a los resultados. En consecuencia, conduce a un alto nivel de innovación en la implantación de nuevos estándares y excelencia. No hubiera sido posible sin que ellos nos empujaran por este camino.” Como solemos decir en nuestro grupo de empresas, el pensamiento innovador es una mentalidad y es absolutamente esencial para seguir siendo líderes dentro de la industria de la logística automotriz.
HORIZON TAKES THE PATH TOWARDS SUSTAINABILITY
Horizon Auto Logistics have entered into an agreement with Oak Journey, through its parent company UNI, to build a sustainability strategy. Horizon currently operates in several markets within the Automotive Logistics sector, providing a full suite of supply chain services for finished vehicles from production to the end market. Besides Horizon Auto Logistics, the company further operates under the brands Fast Auto Logistics and Fast Terminal International. Says Per Folkesson, Group CEO of Horizon Auto Logistics: “We have a number of sustainability measures in place at our operating facilities but are driven by creating a more comprehensive and aligned vision. We see sustainability as a range of commitments, not only environmental, but also society and economics which we believe are integral for future generations and we are motivated contributing within this field. It’s a mindset. Within our industry, the focus is logically on a carbon free future, so the EVization we are now seeing is important, but it is not clear to us the environmental impact from the lithium batteries longer term. Nor do we believe the sourcing cycle of components to produce the batteries is fitting particularly well within a sustainability framework. We see hydrogen as a more viable alternative for propulsion, although it requires significant investment in infrastructure to serve the general market. With the assistance and expertise of Oak we will create a roadmap of realistic and impactful sustainability measures, and importantly we will hold ourselves accountable measuring the results.” Says Mauro Castex, CSO of Oak Journey: “A Sustainable Business Model requires a roadmap that reflects the company’s purpose and takes real world experience to include Environmental, Social and Governance - ESG principles into the organization’s strategy and operations. It also takes the commitment of leadership to bring people and technology together to drive meaningful action and value for all stakeholders. OAK Journey’s purpose is to co-create a roadmap with Horizon by putting ESG at the core of its business model, tracking and measuring its performance for building a possible and better future, step by step.” About Horizon Auto Logistics: Horizon Auto Logistics is a global Automotive Logistics Integrator providing a variety of professional value-added services to the Finished Vehicle, Heavy Equipment and Project Cargo Industries. We strongly believe in seamless Supply Chain Operations to reduce costs, shorten lead times, and alleviating capacity constraints while leaving a positive environmental and social impact. We employ a motivated human capital and technological talent, combined with a refined process environment and capable operating system, continuously delivering within these fields, and supported by an innovation platform to deliver technology and services of the future and remain a leader within Automotive Logistics. About Oak Journey: OAK Journey is a consulting company that contributes with people and organizations to encourage the change-maker spirit, connecting ideas, values, and purposes creating innovative solutions for the challenges on the path towards sustainability. We believe in collaboration and protagonist, embracing the diversity and the singularity of each other, to develop a plural vision of the context that we live. We build with our clients, a continuous evolving journey, shaping a roadmap with metrics, with the purpose to positively impact all stakeholders. This legacy creates a compelling story that we will be proud to tell. For further information, please contact: Per Folkesson, firstname.lastname@example.org Mauro Castex, email@example.com
NEW BRAND IDENTITY FOR FAST TERMINAL INTERNATIONAL
Horizon Auto Logistics operating arm in Colombia, Fast Terminal International, today released its new logo in order to align the brand identity with the Groups other operating arms. The company’s main international operating name is Horizon Auto Logistics, while Fast Terminal International and its predecessor SC Line has been operating in the Colombian market since 2012. The third operating arm is Fast Auto Logistics in the Dominican Republic. Says Per Folkesson, Group CEO; “As we pursue a broader international diversification, we will always strive operating as Horizon Auto Logistics, but have for strategical and regional reasons the option to operate as FTI and FAL as well. It is therefore important aligning the brand identity. It doesn’t matter with which of the three companies you do business, the product and vision is the same and we want to show this through the branding as well. Fast Terminal International is today the most significant automotive logistics provider in Colombia and it’s important to preserve the legacy of the name and what it stands for in terms of innovation and excellence”. Fast Terminal International provides complete supply chain services for finished vehicles, which includes vessel cargo-handling, port operations, yard operations and distribution centers, VPC and EPC services, inland transportation, distribution management and plant logistics. For further inquiries, please contact: Per Folkesson, CEO, +1 904 426 4577 Ignasi Sola, COO, +1 786 351 8227 firstname.lastname@example.org
HORIZON AUTO LOGISTICS EXPANDS ITS TOTAL LOGISTICS MODEL
Horizon Auto Logistics recently expanded its service portfolio in Colombia through its operating arm Fast Terminal International, with a management service for rental and leasing of vehicles. The service is provided in all key geographical locations of the country. Fast Terminal is in the initial phase providing management of the entire process from acquisition of the vehicles, accessorization and PDI to final delivery. Intention is to expand the scope to many other related services in the process, such as vehicle registrations, vehicle yard solutions, claims, insurance, inspections at end of rental and lease periods, management of post rental and lease inventories. Says Per Folkesson, Horizon Auto Logistics Group CEO; “This business is a perfect fit for our ambition to provide total logistics. We believe the manufacturing and distribution networks will evolve in the mid-term, predominantly because of an increase in online sales of vehicles. Hence, we as suppliers need to adapt our operating models. We already operate in all segments of the Finished Vehicle supply chain, but this service is a first step in providing boutique vehicle deliveries to end-buyers”. The company’s operating model is much based on innovative technological solutions and a talented human capital. All technology is developed inhouse and used exclusively by the groups operating entities. It operates an innovation platform focusing on how the automotive industry for Finished Vehicles will evolve in the mid to long-term. Per continues; “That’s truly the exciting part of the business, learning about the significant developments taking place continuously and, in some way, interpret these and how we believe the supply chain will evolve longer term. By the end of the day, we want to ensure we remain a relevant and leading player in the industry. One of our favorite quotes is, “we must evolve as fast, if not faster, than the external environment we operate in”, it’s a brilliant take on where our mindset must be!”. The company is currently developing a prototype of a VIP Boutique Delivery Equipment, which can be deployed and customized as per the customer’s requirements. This product is now being offered as a test in one of the markets where the company is providing both 3PL and LLP services, and integrating the operations in the broader supply chain events cycle through the Control Tower Management. Horizon Auto Logistics provides complete supply chain services for finished vehicles, which includes vessel cargo-handling, port operations, yard operations and distribution centers, VPC and EPC services, inland transportation, distribution management and plant logistics. For further inquiries, please contact: Per Folkesson, CEO, +1 904 426 4577 Ignasi Sola, COO, +1 786 351 8227 email@example.com
HORIZON AUTO LOGISTICS ANNOUNCES A CORPORATE RESTRUCTURING
Horizon Auto Logistics today announced a corporate restructuring of its business, following the acquisition of the total share capital in the Groups operating entities. The Group will operate under the name Horizon Auto Logistics and is headquartered in Florida. Its operations consist of Horizon Auto Logistics in Mexico, Fast Terminal International in Colombia and Fast Auto Logistics in the U.S. and Dominican Republic. Says Jose Maria Sola Freixa, Executive Chairman of the Group; “This is a momentous time for us since inception of our operations in 2012. The ownership structure we had over the last years yielded significant success. Needless, at this time with an automotive industry evolving rapidly and the impact this will have on the supply chain for finished vehicles, we believe it’s important with a consolidated and clear vision of how to develop our business and products.’’ Jose Maria further says; “We have appointed Per Folkesson as Group CEO to lead the development of the company, its footprint and business portfolio. We have worked closely with Per since 2015 and have a very similar view of how we believe the industry will evolve mid to long term.” Says Per Folkesson, Group CEO; “It’s very exciting to be able to continue working with this group of companies and the fantastic people we have. It’s all in the technology and human capital, and we have the best of both. Our focus will be on international growth under the vision of an integrated supply chain.“ Per continues; “We believe in our total-logistics strategy and already provide services in the entire supply chain in the markets we operate. It’s about tying the activities together, providing visibility 24/7 and pro-actively detect bottlenecks and manage them. Not all markets and customers are susceptive to this modus-operandi at this time, but in the end, we believe it’s the sustainable path forward to control inventory, minimize risk and to optimize output.” Horizon Auto Logistics provides complete supply chain services for finished vehicles, which includes vessel cargo handling, port operations, yard operations and distribution centers, VPC and EPC services, inland transportation, distribution management and plant logistics. For further inquiries, please contact: Per Folkesson, CEO, +1 904 426 4577 Ignasi Sola, COO, +1 786 351 8227 firstname.lastname@example.org
GRUPO SOLA, TAKE FULL OWNERSHIP OF HORIZON AUTO LOGISTICS AND FAST TERMINAL INTERNATIONAL
Grupo Sola has taken full ownership of Horizon Auto Logistics and Fast Terminal International following an exit by its joint venture partner, Höegh Autoliners. Andreas Enger, Chief Executive Officer of Höegh Autoliners, comments, “As we simplify and consolidate our services around port-to-port ocean transport, we are pleased to announce our long-term partners the Sola family has become the sole owner in both Horizon Auto Logistics and Fast Terminal International.” José María Solá Freixa, President of Fast Terminal International, Says, “We want to thank Hoegh Autoliners after a constructive partnership during the last years, Now, we are beginning an exciting stage of business consolidation and growth. Horizon Auto Logistics and Fast Terminal International are Automotive Marine Terminal and Logistics Operator’s providing a variety of professional and value added services, including vessel cargo handling, port operations, yard operations, vehicle and equipment processing, plant logistics, distribution management and inland transportation.
SANSOUCÍ FIRMA ALIANZA PARA GESTIÓN DEL PROCESAMIENTO DE VEHÍCULOS
SANSOUCI, Puerto de Santo Domingo, firmó un acuerdo de colaboración de servicios con la empresa Fast Auto Logistics “FAL” – subsidiaria de Fast Terminal International - para la modernización del procesamiento y almacenamiento de los vehículos que arriban al puerto de Santo Domingo. Con la gestión de FAL, el puerto de Sansoucí, implementará nuevos sistemas de tecnología y estándares de calidad, consiguiendo reducción en tiempos de espera y mejoras con el trato a las unidades y al cliente. Igualmente, con esta iniciativa se pondrá el puerto de Sansoucí en el nivel logístico que actualmente demanda el mercado. Este acuerdo iniciará su implementación en el mes de Octubre, utilizando equipos de alta tecnología y aplicando medidas que hoy en día requieren los fabricantes de automóviles. Sobre SANSOUCI, Puerto de Santo Domingo SANS SOUCI PORTS es un puerto privado multipropósito eficiente y seguro, orientado al servicio, a la preservación del medioambiente y socialmente comprometido. SANSOUCI PORTS SIGNS AGREEMENT TO STORE AND MANAGE VEHICLES AT THE TERMINAL. SANSOUCI, port in Santo Domingo, sign a collaboration service agreement with Fast Auto Logistics “FAL” – Subsidiary of Fast Terminal International – To modernize the process of storage of vehicles that arrive to Santo Domingo Port. With FAL management, the port of Sansouci will implement new system processes of technology and quality standards, achieving reduction of waiting times and improve the treatment to the units. With this initiative will alocate Sansouci Port at the logistics level that the market demands. This agreement will starts on October, 2016, using high technology tools and applying new methods required by the car makers. About Sansouci Ports Sansouci ports. Is a multipurpose private port, efficient and secured oriented to customer service, preservation of the environment and socially committed.