Hillebrand*

Hillebrand is a global leading service provider in the shipping, transportation and logistics of beverages and products that require special care.

* At 31 December 2020 Sofina is represented in the decision making bodies of the company.

Sector

Transport and logistics

Shareholding percentage

20.9%

Sales on 31/12/2020

EUR 1.6 bn

Employees

2,700

Companies connected with

25,000

Hillebrand is a privately-owned international logistics service provider based in Germany, operating in two specific niche markets: alcoholic drinks and industrial bulk.

In alcoholic beverages, the company offers a full range of solutions and services for beverages in crates, bulk wine and beer in barrels, added to this was the management of the supply chain of empty casks for breweries through Satellite Logistics Group, which the group acquired in 2013.. Regarding bulk liquids, Hillebrand offers integrated logistics services mainly in the transport by Flexitank. This service line was recently reinforced with the acquisition of Braid in 2020, expanding the group’s presence into new product categories and transport by ISO Tanks.

Investment history


Germany | 2016

In August 2016, Cobepa, an independent privately-held investment company headquartered in Belgium, and Sofina acquired a 31.56% shareholding in Hillebrand from MOL Logistics. MOL is a Japanese shipping line and was a historical partner of Hillebrand. Following this transaction, Cobepa, which was already present in the capital of Hillebrand, became the majority shareholder of the group.

Sofina is represented on the board of directors and on the audit committee of Hillebrand.