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History of Alaine

Over the years, Alainé has established itself as a genuine expert in its core businesses, transport and logistics, and is now one of the most highly respected players in the market.

1945

The BeginNING OF A BEAUTIFUL STORY…

The year of France’s liberation, Marcel Alainé founded Transports ALAINÉ in Mâcon. His three sons Jean Claude, Gérard and Michel have been running the business since 1981.

1989

AN INSTINCTIVE AND STRATEGIC DECISION

Transports ALAINÉ set up its new head office south of Mâcon. Over time, the Group needed more space to cope with its expansion and so extended the premises in 2006.

1996

NEW OPERATIONS FOR NEW AMBITIONS

With the foundation of Logistique ALAINÉ, Transports ALAINÉ added a new string to its bow: logistics. The takeover of Mafret, an Overseas specialist, rounded off this strategy, which was subsequently pursued by the most dynamic transport companies.

 
2000

PAN-EUROPEAN COVERAGE

Acquisition of Transports Garnier and Startis, the latter serving international destinations including Central Europe, UK, Spain, Italy, Benelux and Germany.

1999

A firST STEP 
TOWARDS THE EAST

The foundation of Sotalux in Bettembourg gave the company a foothold in Luxembourg.

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1997

EMERGENCE OF A
NETWORK

Acquisition of Transports Lefert.

2001

EXPANSION OF THE FRENCH NETWORK

Alainé moved into Southern France by taking over a company based in Orange, which it renamed Sotalis.

2006

RECOGNITION OF A SPECIALITY

The acquisition of Duverneuil, a company based in Saint-Loubès in the Gironde region, made Alainé a leader in the food tanker transport sector. Furthermore, the expansion of the warehouse network and renovation of the Mâcon site boosted Alainé’s prospects for international growth.

2008

A STRATEGIC
ALLIANCE

A new joint venture in Poland.

2010

EUROPEAN
SCALE

The creation of two new subsidiaries in Hungary and Slovakia further expanded Alainé’s network and access to European markets.

2009

AFFIRMING EXPERTISE

The purchase of Copac and Ducellier strengthened Alainé’s position in the food tanker market, while the takeover of Panon and LDC bolstered nationwide coverage in groupage and Logistics.

2011

BUILDING ON
expErience

Takeover of food tanker specialist Bouyer in Thouars (Les Deux-Sèvres département) with 70 employees, 50 tractors and 70 tank semi-trailers. The Alainé Group was sold under an LMBO deal to five managers and an investment fund.

2014

PURSUING GROWTH MOMENTUM

Alainé consolidated its food transportation market leadership by acquiring ERSTEIN TRANSPORTS, bolstered its Freight Forwarding expertise by adding Sogest to its network and pursued its growth strategy in the overseas sector with the acquisition of Isys Logistique.