The Petit Forestier Group announces the acquisition of the Polish truck body manufacturer Igloocar
After acquiring Lecapitaine in 2000, the Petit Forestier Group now has a second refrigerated body specialist with Igloocar.
Based in south-east Poland, Igloocar is a leading refrigerated body production company on both the Polish and export markets, notably in Scandinavian countries. Igloocar is Petit Forestier’s long-standing supplier in Poland, and more recently in Eastern Europe.
This acquisition is important on several levels:
- For the subsidiary Lecapitaine, this is a significant step. After joining the Petit Forestier Group in 2000 and following over 15 years of subsequent development - notably including the construction of a new factory in 2004 - this acquisition opens up new opportunities overseas. This positions Lecapitaine as the top European refrigerated bodywork manufacturer.
- For Igloocar - whose brand will be retained - joining Lecapitaine will allow it to draw from its experience of industrialisation and growth to tackle its own expansion challenges.
“This acquisition considerably reinforces our industrial division. Igloocar’s reputation in Eastern Europe is a considerable asset which, combined with Lecapitaine’s expertise and experience, consolidates our specialisation and reflects our ambitious approach,” confirms Léonard Forestier, CEO of the Lecapitaine subsidiary.
- For the Petit Forestier Group, this acquisition reflects the company’s interest in controlling the creation of its vehicles. The Group therefore reasserts its distinctive position as a refrigerated rental specialist by including refrigeration-related processes.
“We hope to replicate the success of the integrated French model in Eastern Europe, which is a very significant market for our refrigerated vehicle rental line. This acquisition opens up significant opportunities as part of our company’s global development strategy in Europe,” concludes Yves Forestier, CEO of the Petit Forestier Group.
A full time preoccupation
Looking resolutely to the future and concerned for the world of tomorrow, Petit Forestier attempts to integrate sustainable development into the daily life of the company and has responsible social, economic and environmental policies that take these challenges fully into account.
Our approach involves the implementation of corresponding practices and protocols in all areas of the business. We demand efforts by our suppliers and subcontractors, involve our employees and, in the eyes of public authorities and institutions, we represent a reliable partner. We respect and encourage regulations in the areas of the environment, labour and economic development, including in our international network. This strategy concerns all our services, products, purchases, properties, human resources…
The partnerships developed with manufacturers and institutions are just one illustration of our commitment. Our efforts also take the form of civic actions, initiating or participating in long term projects capable of producing benefits for the whole community.
For Petit Forestier, the choice of a supplier is based on ability, reliability and trust.
After signing an agreement, Petit Forestier issues a national listing for application in the French network and the international sites.
Petit Forestier favours loyal partnerships with its suppliers and, above and beyond a simple commercial arrangement, often works with suppliers in the early stages when launching new products.