Before KLG Europe was taken over Sinotrans , the KLG family consisted of a whole chain of related companies throughout the world. KLG-ITM, located in Shanghai, was the youngest member to join the family. Even though, we continue separately from our mother company, the passion, drive, and pride of the KLG family continue to motivate us. Furthermore, KLG-ITM remains in hands of the Kuijken family which has been in logistics for over 100 years.
Entrepreneurship, growth, and confidence are key to our history. Our knowledge and experience, combined with our solid foundation, enables us to innovate continuously. We respond to the logistical challenges of today and tomorrow. Our history never stood still, but literally brought us further and further.
How KLG Europe came into being
As Europe was healing from the wounds of the first World War in 1918, Cornelis Kuijken joined the European spirit of moving forward by founding Kuijken Transport in the Dutch town of Luyksgestel. At first, Kuijken Transport focused on domestic transport with the Kingdom of the Netherlands, only to expand to international transports in 1947. Joining in the new spirit of European cooperation, Kuijken transport promoted and benefited from closer relations within post-war Europe.
In the early 80’s, the company made further choices, by specializing into two distinct segments of the market: container transports and groupage consignments to France. At the time, it was perceived as a rather unusual move but as the history of the Kuijken family teaches us on thing, it is that nothing is gained without going beyond the ordinary.
Ten years later, the company was ready for several acquisitions. At first, V.T.E. BV in Venlo and Bradford were added, followed by Hessinex Group in Goirle and Kwinten Transport in Eersel. With the growth of the Rotterdam harbor, a Rotterdam branch was opened as to stimulate our pioneering work in container logistics.
KLG in the wider world
In 2005, KLG changed its name to KLG Europe as global branches were now being introduced. Our KLG family continued to grow and in 2006, six new branches were established in Romania. In 2009, the idea of a joint venture in China emerged when KLG Europe founded its first branch in Beijing, China. Following, branches in Hong Kong and Shanghai were added in 2013, officially creating our company, the KLG-ITM joint venture.
KLG Europe continued to extend the family, by acquiring several strategic acquisitions such as Martens Logistics and the Schutte company in Venlo. Following, KLG extended its Balkan activities (non-EU countries) from the Doesburg company in Waardenburg and the French activities from Van Hooijen Transport in Tilburg. In 2010, KLG Europe opened a branch in Istanbul, Turkey and in 2012, a seventh branch with cross-dock was opened in Romania. Finally in 2019, KLG Europe was acquired by Sinotrans.
The KLG-ITM joint venture
When our company, KLG-ITM, was created in 2013, we started out with just a single warehouse in Shanghai combined with a few small offices. Under excellent management and with the drive and passion of the Kuijken family, we expanded quickly to four warehouses and multiple locations in 2019. We grew from for a small business into a recognized specialist on European-Chinese trade and logistics.
When KLG Europe joined Sinotrans in 2019, KLG-ITM went on its own adventure. Focusing on digital innovations and maintaining the same core values and expertise which we have always had in house, KLG-ITM is sailing to new horizons. With the Kuijken family and their 100+ years of logistics experience still involved in our company, our future remains bright.