Van Hool exhibited at Road Transport Expo under new ownership

Will Shiers
June 10, 2024

“It’s business as usual” was the resounding message at Van Hool’s stand at last week's Road Transport Expo, despite recent changes.

The respected Belgian tanker manufacturer, which encountered financial difficulties earlier this year, has been acquired by South African trailer builder GRW, a partner of Schmitz Cargobull.

Speaking to Commercial Motor at the show, GRW CEO Gerhard van der Merwe emphasised the strategic fit of the acquisition. "Van Hool’s reputation for producing high-quality tankers and innovative designs aligns perfectly with GRW’s own approach," van der Merwe stated. He reassured stakeholders that production will continue at Van Hool’s Belgian factory, ensuring continuity and maintaining the high standards customers expect.

The acquisition is seen as a strategic move by GRW to expand its footprint in the European market and diversify its product offerings.

Meanwhile Van Hool’s bus and coach division has been taken over by VDL.

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Will Shiers

Will has been the editor of Commercial Motor magazine since 2011 and is the UK jury member of the International Truck of the Year.

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