May 15 - Freight forwarder Geodis Wilson has formed a joint venture with regional warehousing and distribution specialist Banz Group in Bahrain.

Banz Geodis Wilson W.L.L. will be based in Juffair with operations run from an 8,000 sq m warehouse facility - one of the largest in the region.

Middle East cluster managing director for Geodis Wilson, Sascha Geiken, welcomed the new development: "From day one, we are offering a full menu of freight services, including air, sea, road, sea-air and project forwarding."

"Servicing our customers where they grow is part of our dynamic business strategy", added Kim Pedersen, executive vice president of Geodis Wilson. "This means increasing our footprint not only in the large and emerging economies, as we do in Brazil, India, China and also the US, but also in other dynamic regions, like the Middle East, where we already have a presence in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar."

Jason Smith (ceo Banz Group) joint venture partnership; Abdulla Buhindi, chairman Banz Group; and Sascha Geiken, cluster managing director Middle East, Geodis Wilson.