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Page buys Allalong in Tasmanian consolidation

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Two established operations servicing the Apple Isle come together

Page buys Allalong in Tasmanian consolidation
Allalong and Page are joining forces

 

Page Tasmanian Freight, an off-shoot of 80-year-old Page Transport, has announced the acquisition of Sydney-based Allalong Tasmanian Searoads.

The move follows soon after another consolidation for a Tasmanian interstate market that saw De Bruyn’s buy Bass Strait Transport (BST) in July.

Allalong has been a consistent transport operator in the niche state sector and has depots in Sydney, Melbourne, Launceston and Hobart.

The acquisition, of undisclosed value, gives Page full ownership of Allalong business Ray Cant formed in the early 1980s.

Page Transport chairman Geoff Page hails the Allalong deal saying: "Our decision to acquire Allalong is aligned with our strategic view to provide exceptional customer experience through a blend of professional and family culture, and to gain a footprint into the Sydney-to-Tasmania market.

"We are pleased to welcome Allalong staff into the Page family and look forward to capitalising on some of the synergies between the businesses, including our heavy fleet business Page Transport."

According to the group, acquiring Allalong expedites growth plans of Page Tasmanian Freight and creates new transport options for Tasmanian producers and mainland-based manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers.

"This is a great outcome for our clients and especially our employees," Allalong MD John Cant says.

"We are happy that the Allalong is becoming a part of a company which has a deep Tasmanian heritage and good family values."

The acquisition and ambitious growth strategy for the combined future of Page Tasmanian Freight and Allalong is the brainchild of Page Tasmanian FreightCEO Raj Singh.

According to Singh, there are very few companies in the large freight profile offering a direct Sydney to Tasmania freight service: "Expanding into this market will enable us to provide customers with additional services such as ‘express’ between Sydney and Tasmania."

Singh is confident about the opportunities for all stakeholders.

"This move provides certainty for Allalong employees and clients," he adds.

"Page will be able to seamlessly deliver continued customer care and offer innovative solutions to Allalong client base.

"We have significant expertise in creating highly effective distribution solutions for our customers.

"Our mission is to make it easier for companies to do business between Tasmania and the mainland."

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