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Agunsa acquires majority stake in Spain’s ESBO Logistics

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Chile-based Agencias Universales (Agunsa) is expanding its presence in Spain purchasing a 75% stake in ESBO Logistics.

The acquisition will give Agunsa access to the European logistics market from a more advantageous position, accompanied by Ignacio Pedrosa, who will continue in ESBO as partner and director, contributing with his experience and knowledge.

ESBO Logistics, is a multichannel logistics operator for both the B2B and B2C sectors. The company has three offices in Catalonia, located in Sallent, Palau Solità i Plegamans and Castellbisbal, with a total surface area of 94,500 sq m for storage, managing more than 1.6 million references and with the capacity to process more than 29,500 lines per day.

Agunsa's CEO, Fernando Rodriguez, commented that, "this strategic alliance is a great step to project us into the future, with innovative technology for warehousing and distribution logistics in the countries where we are present".

“This strategic acquisition marks a significant milestone in our path towards diversification and innovation in the e-commerce field, generating synergies with our services and allowing us to offer a comprehensive and quality service in a booming market", added Mari Carmen Murillo, Managing Director of Agunsa Europe.

The company is the first logistics operator to use the Exotec robotic automation system for order picking, with 240,000 locations with this technology in the Sallent logistics centre. Some 48 robots oversee automatically transferring the product to the operator, eliminating the personnel's routes and increasing picking productivity.

"At ESBO we think and we are convinced that this union, Agunsa-ESBO, will bring us many synergies both in terms of services and in terms of common customers. Being able to offer our respective clients a wider variety and possibility of services is always positive and will be well received by them. Additionally, this union allows us to gain financial muscle which is always necessary to pursue our future investment projects," said Ignacio Pedrosa, General Manager of ESBO.