Imperial bulks up with a stake in KWS Carriers

By Freddie Pierce
Supply chain and logistics group Imperial Logistics has acquired a 60 percent stake in bulk transporter KWS Carriers. The new acquisition slots into th...

Supply chain and logistics group Imperial Logistics has acquired a 60 percent stake in bulk transporter KWS Carriers.

The new acquisition slots into the group’s Bulk Commodity Services division, enhancing its capacity to deliver comprehensive supply chain solutions to the mining and industrial sectors, states divisional chief executive officer Thinus Erasmus.

KWS Carriers provides short, medium and long haul bulk logistics services in the mining and large industrial sectors. The company operates its own core fleet and together with its dedicated contractors manages some 300 vehicles.

The company’s commitment to continuous and sustainable improvement through strategic, cost-effective and technological advances makes it a valuable addition to the Imperial Logistics stable, said Erasmus.

He added: “KWS Carriers is a fully accredited RTMS hauler,” he notes. “The company is currently in the process of completing the construction of a transport depot in the Northern Cape, in the vicinity of Kuruman, further strengthening and enhancing its service capabilities”.

The division’s primary focus is on providing dedicated transport services and end-to-end supply chain solutions for large industrial manufacturing plants and the mining sector, including run-of mine; loading and weighbridge management; short haul; stock pile management; rail loading and management; medium and long haul road transport; and 3rd party logistic services.

Erasmus said: “KWS Carriers’ service offering is strategically aligned with the Imperial Logistics Bulk Commodity Services’ road map going forward. The company is also a good cultural fit, which is an important consideration for sustainability and continuity.”

KWS was founded in 2003 by Quintus Venter and later joined by BJ Jansen van Rensburg. It currently operates in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape, as well as cross-border into Mozambique.

Venter said: “The acquisition takes KWS into a new and exciting phase and we are thrilled at what Imperial can bring to the table.”

About Imperial Logistics

With operations throughout Europe and Africa, Imperial Logistics positioning itself as an extension of a clients’ business - building a clients’ brands alongside its own. Visit

About KWS Carriers

KWS Carriers was formed with the idea of creating a bulk logistics solution that uses innovative and fresh thinking and it caters for all bulk loads in Southern Africa. Visit



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