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Casper Group Acquires Johnson Partners to Expand Logistics and Freight Forwarding Capabilities

Published on: 16th February 2024

Casper Group, the UK’s leading independent maritime services company, is delighted to announce the acquisition of Johnson Partners, a specialist freight forwarder renowned for its expertise in handling abnormal loads, project cargoes, and out of gauge cargoes. The acquisition marks a significant step in Casper Group’s strategy to broaden its service portfolio and diversify its capabilities in end-to-end shipping solutions.

For several years, Casper and Johnson Partners have enjoyed a collaborative partnership. And the recent acquisition is seen as a natural progression for both entities, combining complementing strengths to create a formidable force in the maritime industry. Johnson Partners, now a wholly owned subsidiary of Casper, will continue to operate from its Teesside base, leveraging the strategic advantages offered by the region’s developments, including initiatives like Teesside Freeport and Teesworks.

A Strategic Fit

The integration of Johnson Partners into Casper’s portfolio fills a crucial gap by adding specialised expertise in the management of abnormal loads and project cargoes. This addition is expected to significantly enhance Casper’s service offerings, further providing clients with a comprehensive suite of logistics solutions.

For Johnson Partners, joining Casper Group offers an unparalleled opportunity to benefit from being part of a larger, progressive and well-established network of companies. This new chapter will enable Johnson Partners to leverage Casper’s resources, expertise, and infrastructure, helping to facilitate growth and expansion into new markets.

Commitment to Family Values and Regional Development

Both Casper Group and Johnson Partners are proud of their independent, family-owned heritage, a factor that has been pivotal in their success and reputation in the industry. These shared values will continue to underpin its operational philosophy ensuring a commitment to personal service, integrity, and community involvement. The strategic location of Johnson Partners in Teesside positions it perfectly to capitalise on the regional developments associated with Teesside Freeport and Teesworks. Casper’s involvement in these initiatives underscores its pledge to support the region’s economic growth, with Johnson Partners set to play a key role in these efforts.

Michael Shakesheff, Managing Director, Casper Group, said: “We’re immensely proud and privileged to welcome Johnson Partners into the Casper family. Commercially, it makes us a stronger and even more complete entity, building on the hard-work and dedication of our team. But it’s also a real meeting of minds with shared history, values, and community commitment.

“We look forward to bringing our unique experience and expertise together, as we continue at the forefront of maritime services in the UK and further afield.”

Diane Irving, Managing Director, Casper Logistics, said: “The acquisition propels Casper Logistics to new horizons, extending our offer as an award-winning international freight forwarder. Johnson Partners’ knowledge of handling abnormal loads, project cargoes, and out of gauge shipments compliments our existing services to provide an all encompassing logistics experience no matter the size, scale or challenge.”

About Casper Group

Casper Group is the UK’s leading independent maritime services company, providing end-to-end shipping solutions across Europe. From customs to chartering and logistics to marine, Casper Group offers a wide range of logistics and supply chain services. With a rich history dating back to 1872, they have established themselves as a trusted partner in the logistics sector, renowned for innovative solutions and a customer-focused approach.

About Johnson Partners

Established in 2004, Johnson Partners is a specialist freight forwarder based in Teesside, working with both multinational companies and smaller businesses to take care of valuable cargo. As well as general freight forwarding, they have an expertise in handling out of gauge shipments, abnormal loads and project cargo, taking care of all requirements and allowing clients to focus on their core business.

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