A high value added business model
CLASQUIN has no fleet management constraints, and develops its added value by means of service and expertise.
The Group combines its different expertise and know-how to implement effective solutions to harmonise, streamline and secure exchanges with its customers, whose international activity is increasingly strategic and complex.
For more than 40 years, CLASQUIN has managed import and export flows, mainly between Western Europe and overseas, in particular the Asia-Pacific and North America. A pioneer on the Europe-Asia route, CLASQUIN has a strong presence in the Asia-Pacific, via its network of 22 offices. More recently, CLASQUIN has also grown its business in the Near and Middle East, as well as in Northwest and sub-Saharan Africa.
A culture of winning
1982 turnover: €1 million
- CLASQUIN’s Sales Director, Yves REVOL, oversaw the buyout of the company.
- At that time, what would go on to become the Group hadjust one office in Lyon.
1983 turnover: €1.5 million
- A pioneer in its field, CLASQUIN specialised in air transport engineering. The Group explicitly targeted French air exports to the Asia-Pacific region.
- An agency opened in Paris in 1983 (Roissy CDG), and nine trade delegations were created in the main Asian-Pacific cities: Hong Kong, Tokyo, Osaka, Singapore, Bangkok, Seoul, Taiwan, Melbourne and Sydney. Within six years, the Group had established itself as the leader in the France-Asia-Pacific air freight market.
- 1986 saw the creation of LOG System, an IT subsidiary focussed on the design and development of software for the overseas transport and logistics sector.
1990 turnover: €15 million
- The commercial offer was then extended to the maritime sector.
- 1993: opening of two sales delegations in China (Beijing et Shanghai) and an office in New York (external growth).
1995 turnover: €30.9 million
- Little by little, CLASQUIN transformed all of its sales delegations into operational subsidiaries.
- During the same period, the Group opened several new subsidiaries: CLASQUIN Italy, CLASQUIN Spain, CLASQUIN Vietnam and CLASQUIN Malaysia.
2000 turnover: €60.9 million
- The Group strengthened its information system and along with its subsidiary LOG SYSTEM developed a fully-fledged ERP (operations management, single accounting tool, automatic monthly reporting, clearing office, etc.).
- In 2004, Banque de Vizille, which later became CM-CIC Investissement, became a shareholder.
2006 turnover: €106.0 million
- CLASQUIN was listed in the Euronext Growth section of the NYSE Euronext.
- The Group thus gave itself the means by which to achieve its goal of speeding up its development through internal and external growth.
2008 turnover: €150 million
- 2008: Acquisition of GUEPPE. GUEPPE.
- 2010: New subsidiaries opened in Germany and Canada.
- 2011: Opening of CLASQUIN India.
2012 turnover: €184 million
- 2012: acquisition of INTERCARGO in Spain.
- 2014: acquisition of GAF in Germany and ECS in the United States.
- 2015: acquisition of LCI, a specialist in Northwest Africa and Turkey.
- Sale of CLASQUIN GUEPPE at the end of 2015
Turnover: €235 million
- Establishment of a new Executive Committee with the recruitment of Laurence ILHE (General Secretary) and Quentin LACOSTE (Chief Operating Officer).
- Acquisition of ART SHIPPING in Paris.
- Opening of new subsidiaries in Portugal and Chile.
2017 turnover: €290.6 million
- Double-digit growth in business and results.
- Global deployment of Cargowise One (Operations Management Software) in Italy, initially, following by Hong Kong and China.
2018 turnover: €308.3 million
- Deployment of Cargowise in France, Germany, USA, Singapore, India, Malaysia, Japan and Korea.
- Opening of CLASQUIN Fairs & Events in Paris – a subsidiary dedicated to international logistics for trade shows and exhibitions.
- Acquisition by LOG SYSTEM of COSMOS CONSULTANTS – a publisher of customs solutions and international trade documents.
- Creation of LOG SYSTEM TUNISIA, SSII focussed on nearshore development, Microsoft skills centre, AI and business processes.
- Sale of ECS/US to its long-standing director.
- Opening of CLASQUIN ATLANTA and CLASQUIN MIAMI.
- Opening of two West African sales delegations in Dakar and Bamako.
- Acquisition of the Société Favat in Marseille, a company specialising in food transit.
CLASQUIN’s Governance is organised around 4 main entities:
- The Board of Directors (Board) is responsible for the Group’s strategy, general policy and organisation.
- The Executive Committee (EXECOM) oversees strategy and general policy.
- The Monthly General Management Meeting (MGMM) brings together the Executive Committee, the Functional Directors and the Directors of different geographical areas.
- The World Management Committee Meeting (WMCM) brings together the Executive Committee, the Country Managers and the management of the various Group functions to work on strategy, general policy and organisation, share best practices and successes, improve economic performance, and strengthen the sense of belonging.