June 26 - The Sarens Group and Sinotrans Heavy-lift Logistics have created a joint-venture company to provide Chinese customers with solutions for their heavy lifting and engineered transportation needs.
Registered in Shanghai, Sinotrans Sarens Logistics Co Ltd, was created out of an awareness by Sarens of the enormous potential and demand in the Chinese engineering logistics market.
It will focus on the developing the synergies between Sinotrans' network of overseas engineering logistics with Sarens' major international market.
Sinotrans Sarens Logistics will mainly focus on offering a one-stop service in large engineering logistics projects, in particular modular offshore projects.
Current trends see a switch to pre-assembled modular construction. This, with the implementation of the Chinese 'offshore equipment project plan', suggests a new development on the Chinese modular offshore market.
Modular offshore transportation requires specific skills and experience as the process for moving modules continues to grow in detail and complexity.
To help realise its ambitions, Sinotrans Sarens Logistics will purchase a total of 180 axles SPMTs (self-propelled modular transporters) and train staff to provide reliable, efficient, effective and advanced engineered transport solutions.
The companies' extensive network of customers combined with their equipment resources will enable Sinotrans Sarens Logistics to compete for large high-end and heavy-lift engineering projects.
Wim Sarens, ceo of Sarens Group comments: "Until recently Sarens Group was mainly involved in projects with non-Chinese customers due to policy constraints and market barriers which many foreign companies experience.
"The new initiative by President Xi Jinping "One Belt and One Road" creates new opportunities for China to open up and connecting Asia's economic belt with Europe's economic belt.
"Finding a complementary Chinese partner was a consistent next step for us. Eventually a partner was found in Sinotrans Heavy-lift Logistics, a suitable partner to guide us into the Chinese market because of its strong brand and large domestic market share. We are confident that the venture between Sinotrans and Sarens is the bright start of a shining future for both companies."