Histoire DIMOTRANS Group

our group

 

a french success story

 

 

 

 

our story

the story of an entrepreneurial saga that began in France and expanded worldwide

 

DIMOTRANS Group is the story of a small transport company established in 1980, specializing in the distribution of Italian textiles between Italy and France. In 40 years, it has become a leading supply chain partner with global reach.


Bolstered by accelerated growth in the past 10 years, DIMOTRANS Group has always stayed faithful to its fundamentals: it is an independent French company that listens to its employees and is close to its customers.

 

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Calogero Pace founded DIMOTRANS, a company that ran a parcel/pallet delivery service to Italy and Spain

 

The year was 1980. Calogero Pace was an employee of a freight forwarder. With his entrepreneurial spirit, he decided to set up his own forwarding company, in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier near Lyon.

 

DIMOTRANS was born! The company’s name was inspired by its main customer, Dimotextile. It then became Distribution Moderne de Transport until 1990, when it readopted its original name of DIMOTRANS.

 

In 1990, the company had 30 employees and a single business activity: freight forwarding, specializing in imports from Italy.

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First Overseas office at Lyon Saint-Exupéry airport

 

In 1993, DIMOTRANS moved into a new business: Overseas freight forwarding (sea and air freight).

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Growth through Road and Overseas transport

 

Between 1990 and 2000, as Europe’s borders opened up and the transport sector consolidated, DIMOTRANS changed its strategy: the company diversified its business and expanded its geographical reach. Its sales grew from €5 million to €60 million.

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A new logistics subsidiary and a stronger partner network

 

To remain agile and expand its range of services, DIMOTRANS developed its logistics expertise. In parallel, to meet its customers’ international requirements, DIMOTRANS reinforced its foreign network of partners and agents.

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Salvatore Alaimo became group Chairman

 

Salvatore Alaimo took over as Chairman of the group, and became its majority shareholder in 2007.

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Three Business Units: Global Transport, Logistics, Overseas

 

Between 2000 and 2008, DIMOTRANS took time to structure its business and optimize its organization. The group organized itself around Business Units and support functions (Human Resources, Finance).

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DIMOTRANS became DIMOTRANS Group

 

DIMOTRANS’ subsidiaries merged into a single entity: DIMOTRANS Group!

 

While Europe was caught in an economic crisis that lasted until the 2010s, DIMOTRANS continued to diversify its core activities with the aim of serving its customers throughout the supply chain, from production to delivery. Its strategy was centered on customer service – a value deeply rooted in the company’s DNA since day one.

 

In 2008, the family grew its equity holding, securing the group’s autonomy and independence. And the management board’s members were shareholders too. Further support departments were set up in 2008 to structure Information Systems, Communications and Marketing.

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Dual AEO certification in safety and security

 

The group earned Full Authorized Economic Operator certification (simplified customs and security/safety processes). For DIMOTRANS Group’s customers, this guarantees a secure supply chain and reliable customs processes.

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China market entry via set-up of DT Asia

 

To continue its development, DIMOTRANS Group decided to establish a base in Asia, creating DT China. The Chinese subsidiary opened four offices in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Beijing, and soon enjoyed exponential growth.

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New logo

 

DIMOTRANS Group changes its logo!

Certification ISO 9001

ISO 9001 certification

 

DIMOTRANS Group has been certified to ISO 9001 since 2011 for the activities of the group and some of its entities.
ISO 9001 is a quality management system standard.

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New HQ in Pusignan, near Lyon

 

  • 18,000 sqm of warehousing
  • 51 transit bays
  • 4,000 sqm of transit facilities
  • 2,000 sqm of offices
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A conquest-driven strategy

 

The company then experienced a further phase of development until 2015.

 

Its strategy? Support and serve its customers across every supply chain function.
During this period, the group conducted 15 external growth operations worldwide, but chiefly in Europe, North America and China; and enhanced its branch network coverage both in France and internationally (35 sites in France, 15 abroad). Its sales rose from €157 million in 2012 to €220 million in 2015.

 

This business diversification prompted DIMOTRANS Group to create two subsidiaries for specific needs: DT Project to manage outsized industrial projects; and CMA International, a full truck load haulage operator shipping imports/exports from/to Turkey and Greece.

 

This functional diversification was shadowed by sectoral diversification (now including industry, fashion & clothing, retail, aerospace, events…) with a worldwide commitment to customer service and satisfaction.

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Launch of E-commerce activity

 

In 2016, to supplement its BtoB logistics offering, DIMOTRANS Group moved into BtoC logistics with an e-commerce offering. The e-logistics activity was born.

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Acquisition of HDucros and its French parcel/pallet delivery network

 

The development strategy continued with the 2017 acquisition of HDucros, a French parcel/pallet delivery specialist. DIMOTRANS Group thus expanded its national distribution offering.

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Jean-Luc Declas appointed group CEO

 

In 2017, DIMOTRANS Group continued its upward trajectory with the arrival of Jean-Luc Declas as Chief Executive. His remit: continue to structure and develop the group.

 

His ambition: strengthen the group’s presence in its strategic core activities, expand its service offer and position DIMOTRANS Group as a leading supply chain operator in France.

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Acquisition of BSL and strengthening of French parcel/pallet delivery network

 

DIMOTRANS Group enhanced its e-logistics business by acquiring BSL, a logistics specialist since 1997. French parcel/pallet delivery network HDUCROS was supplemented by the acquisitions of Sud Transports and Transports Badaroux.

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Continued Asian development; offices open in Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia

 

DIMOTRANS Group adapted ever more strongly to the world’s markets, meeting all its customers’ requests through new Asian offices – in Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore.

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Acquisition of CRYSTAL Group

 

Further pursuing its ambition to be an alternative to the big groups in multimodal transport and contract logistics, DIMOTRANS Group strengthened its overseas and customs activities with the acquisition of CRYSTAL Group and its subsidiaries (including QUALITAIR&SEA), taking an 85% stake.

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ACQUISITION of SORETRANS

 

DIMOTRANS Group strengthens its presence in the West region and completes its network of offices in the international road business.

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Salvatore Alaimo, chairman
DIMOTRANS Group

 

“DIMOTRANS Group has managed to preserve its family values despite growing exponentially – and that’s what makes it strong! Each employee knows their customers very well, and builds close relationships that are stable and long-lasting.”

Portrait de Jean-Luc Declas, directeur general de Dimotrans Group

Jean-Luc Declas, chief executive
DIMOTRANS Group

 

“We have understood that what we do well today will not be enough tomorrow, so we are driven by a constant desire to learn and improve.”

The story of a name

 

Do you know the story of the DIMOTRANS name?

 

When Calogero Pace founded his small transport firm in 1980, its main customer was Dimotextile, which inspired the company’s name: DIMOTRANS (for Distribution Moderne de Transport).

 

The origin of this name disappeared in the 1990s when the group simply became DIMOTRANS!

 

Then in 2008, after a number of acquisitions, the company was renamed DIMOTRANS Group.

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our key figures

Teams and resources to serve our customers

 

DIMOTRANS Group has enjoyed steady growth for over 40 years. In its constant quest for excellence, our company allocates efficient resources to fulfil its mission: managing and shipping its customers’ goods, from and to all over the world.

 

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