From a small garment trading company in South Africa, Barloworld grew to be South Africa’s largest conglomerate employing 245,000 in the late 1980s. The group was unbundled in the early 1990’s and its constituent companies included logistics, mining, motor vehicle retailing, building materials, handling equipment, consumer electronics and steel manufacturing and selling.

Dubai, June 27 - Barloworld is a multinational corporation, headquartered in South Africa and operating in 27 countries worldwide. A distributor of leading international brands, providing integrated rental, fleet management, product support and logistics solutions with annual revenue of  $6 bn.

A common strategic approach guides three divisions – Barloworld Equipment, Barloworld Automotive and Logistics, and Barloworld Handling. Through the inspired teamwork of 110 years Barloworld continues to exact performance standards and create sustainable value for all stakeholders. 

This year Barloworld group celebrates an incredible 110 years in business.

“This is thanks to the pioneering spirit of our Barloworld people and the immense courage and foresight of our leaders through the years. At Barloworld people are, and always will be, our greatest asset. Throughout our 110 year journey, our company has been shaped by incredible people. From humble beginnings, we have grown and thrived. This is the moment of pride for all the Barloworld stakeholders for their contribution to our success”, say Mr. Clive Thompson, CEO of Barloworld.

The logistics division of Barloworld has a presence in the Middle East, the Far East, and Europe and with a strong home base in southern Africa. In 2008, in-line with their growth strategy, Barloworld Logistics made a series of acquisitions in the Middle East, the Far East, and Europe to gain experience and build a presence in the East-West trade flow.

“The Middle East consists of several vibrant economies. The trade with emerging markets in Asia and Africa has been increasing rapidly over the last decade and Barloworld Logistics intends to offer a reliable logistics and smart supply chain solutions to companies in the regions that it operates”, comments Mr. Frank Courtney, Chief Executive for the EMEA region.

Mr. Courtney adds further, “Our entry into the Middle East market was given a considerable strategic thought and we are here to offer smart supply chain solutions that give businesses a competitive edge. There are not many companies which have been around for 110 years. This means, we have been doing the right things, right”.

“At Barloworld, apart from the history, you get a sense of belief and trust to work with. Our history proves that we will do the necessary to exceed customers’ expectations and this commitment creates the sustainable partnerships needed to thrive for 110 years”, concludes Mr. Courtney For more information you may please log on to or

About Barloworld Logistics
Over 70% of potential savings and service enhancements in a supply chain come from the re-engineering and integration of logistics processes. Only small savings can be extracted by “pushing” suppliers harder.

Barloworld Logistics is South Africa's leading integrated logistics player. They create strategic advantage for their clients by optimizing and integrating the client's logistics processes and information flows, thereby radically reducing their costs and increasing their service levels.

The company now has 2,300 staff across 87 offices. The integrated logistics solution offerings include supply chain consulting and design, inventory management solutions, transportation management services, warehousing and distribution design and management, freight forwarding and clearing and supply chain software and planning.

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