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Australia’s Centurion Transport acquires ABC Transport

Australia’s Centurion Transport acquires ABC Transport
Australia’s Centurion Transport acquires ABC Transport

Logistics provider Centurion Transport, part of the CFC Group has announced its acquisition of South-Australia’s ABC Transport. The business move comes as the company expands its national transport network. Centurion is one of the country’s largest independently owned and operated logistics companies. 

Northern Territory-based ABC Transport has served customers in central Australia for the past 22 years. It provides clients with refrigerated and line haul transport requirements.  ABC Transport’s CEO Andrew Cogan and leadership team will remain with the business post transaction. The company offers customers logistics solutions, including warehousing with facilities in Adelaide, Alice Springs, and Darwin. In 2006, it established an operations depot in Adelaide. 

ABC Transport’s fleet includes rail reefers, refrigerated vans, and tautliners. It offers freight services between Adelaide and Darwin and connects to interstate locations. Commenting on the acquisition, Cogan says: “Our 260-plus employees will have a great future at Centurion, which has an industry-leading approach to safety and deploying advanced technology both on the road and in the warehouse.”

Centurion’s CEO Justin Cardaci says the acquisition will allow the business to provide logistics solutions throughout resource-rich areas in Australia. “This acquisition adds an important and central corridor into our national presence, providing further opportunities to leverage our existing operations in Australia’s West, East and North, he says.” 

Cardaci adds that the acquisition will see Centurion focus on its Adelaide to Darwin operations. The business now employs 2,400 staff across 35 sites. Centurion services various industries, which include oil and gas, mining, construction, and retail. 

Centurion Transport strengthens its market presence 

In September, the company announced a new addition to its network – a Brisbane to Perth route. This strategic move was made to optimize the business’ logistics network and meet the escalating freight service demand. The new route clients will no longer have to use multiple transportation providers for east-west shipments. 

In July 2023, Centurion acquired Rockhampton-based express freight business Rocky’s Own Transport. The acquisition included all the company’s assets and freight network. In addition to its existing freight services, the purchase allows Centurion to expand in the mining and agricultural sectors. 

From humble beginnings to logistics giant 

Centurion Transport was founded by Perth-based brothers Frank and Carl Cardaci. The brother’s vision was to one day own 100 trucks, hence the business name Centurion. Today it owns and operates over 2,000 vehicle assets. 

Throughout the company’s history, Centurion’s leadership has focused its attention on building strong networks in Australia. It now has 15 distribution centers across Australia which include locations such as Brisbane, Broome, Darwin, Derby, Perth, Mackay, Townsville, and Rockhampton. 

Besides transport, Centurion offers inventory management services to customers. 

Logistics Acquisitions in Australia

In June 2023 cross-border ecommerce platform CACASHOP acquired five Australian warehouse companies. This sees CACASHOP enhance its logistics and supply chain capabilities. The company operates in sectors such as healthcare, mother and baby products. Global Newswire says in recent years, the Australian online shopping rate has been soaring ceaselessly, as consumers are increasingly habituated to digital consumption. 

About the author

Sharl is a qualified journalist. He has over 10 years’ experience in the media industry, including positions as an editor of a magazine and Business Editor of a daily newspaper. Sharl also has experience in logistics specifically operations, where he worked with global food aid organisations distributing food into Africa. Sharl enjoys writing business stories and human interest pieces.

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