Convoi Project Relocations acquire Ahead Group from The Hague and becomes market leader in the Netherlands

’This acquisition creates a new phase for Convoi Project Relocations. We are strengthening our position in the Randstad region, doubling the number of employees and significantly increasing our storage capacity.’

Jean Spronken, Convoi Group Managing Director

Convoi acquires the Ahead Group from The Hague on 19 October 2022, thus making it the largest player in the  relocations market. The Ahead Group is the holding company of Abbink uts Relocations, Ucility Project Management and Djinny Logistics. These companies’ operations complement those of Convoi. Abbink, Ucility and Djinny are front runners in providing consultancy, logistics and relocation services within government, education, and medium and large companies. Convoi is pre-eminent in providing logistics services for education, research and healthcare institutions and the execution of complex relocation projects, such as hospitals, laboratories, production companies, warehouses and offices. Geographically, the companies fit together well. Following the acquisition, Convoi now has branches in The Hague, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Nijmegen, Eindhoven and Maastricht. This provides more efficient service to existing national clients. Ahead Group companies will continue to operate under their own name.

The Ahead Group has seventy employees. This acquisition doubles the workforce for Convoi Project Relocations. ‘Convoi is enthusiastic about the company takeover,’ says Jean Spronken of Convoi. ‘Ahead Group employees are well-trained relocation specialists. This increase in scale allows Convoi to offer more variety in the work and invest even more in employees development.’

Erwin Bouman, Ahead Group Managing Director: ’We are pleased with the acquisition by Convoi, a solid company with a lot of experience in project and industrial relocations. We are confident that the Ahead Group is looking toward a healthy future. Just like the Ahead Group, Convoi invests in a sustainable future of our sector, including the development of City Hubs that promote circularity and electric transport throughout cities.’


What does this mean for our clients?

Besides positive developments in the field of professionalism, the newly combined companies also create synergy in terms of flexibility and effectiveness. The collaboration allows the companies to continue to deliver high quality and a broader package of services by utilising each other’s employees and resources.’

The experienced specialists can provide advice and project management services for any type of facility management issue. Nothing changes for Convoi and Ahead clients in terms of their current contracts and the practical implementation of the work.


Your best move

Convoi’s mission ‘Your Best Move’ means that the newly combined companies will further build on its strong market position where providing our innovative total service to clients will continue to play a central role. Jean Spronken: ’The Ahead Group acquisition aligns with Convoi’s ambition to continuously develop its business portfolio.’

Convoi Project Relocations is part of the Convoi Group, an international concern with branches in 7 countries. Convoi specialises in preparing and implementing logistics services, project and industrial relocations, and installation services. Moreover, Convoi Electrical & Automation designs, builds and maintains technical equipment within the energy distribution and industrial market. The Convoi Group now has a turnover of 80 million euros and more than 450 permanent employees.

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