Sinwa Group to acquire compatriot Francois Marine & Offshore

Asia Pacific’s marine, offshore supply and logistics provider Sinwa Group has sealed an agreement to acquire Francois Marine & Offshore’s Asian operations from Northern Marine Group.

The company will acquire the ship supply and logistics operations in Singapore, Hong Kong, China and South Korea. The aim is to combine product and service offering across Asia Pacific.

Francois Marine & Offshore, a specialist in offshore marine supplies, logistics and supply chain management, is part of a family of companies owned by the Northern Marine Group, itself a subsidiary of Stena AB, one of the world’s leading shipping conglomerates.

The merger between the two major marine, offshore supply, and logistics businesses will see Sinwa Group expand its operations and capabilities to support a growing global client base.

Francois Marine & Offshore, previously owned by Northern Marine Group, has Asian ship supply operations and infrastructure in Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Busan.

The acquired company will continue to operate under the brand Francois Marine & Offshore.

Through the combination of Sinwa and Francois Marine’s expertise and offerings, the joint client base will have access to a wider scope of products and services across Singapore, Korea, Hong Kong, China, Thailand and Australia.

Thomas Zimmerhaeckel, Sinwa chairman and managing partner at Asean Strategic Partners, said: “The addition of Francois Marine & Offshore, a significant regional marine supply provider with great pedigree and vast sector experience, further evidences our ambition to build upon Sinwa Group’s position as the regional market leader in our field.”

Soeren Jorgensen, Sinwa chief executive added: “Consistent with our long-term strategy, we believe this acquisition assists in the consolidation of a fragmented sector and will best serve and expand service options for our joint global client base.”

Philip Fullerton, managing director, Northern Marine Group, noted: “Through this merger with Sinwa Group, a major player in the Asian marine supply and logistics sector, Francois Marine & Offshore will have the opportunity to build upon three decades of first-class service provision and growth. Francois Marine & Offshore has been known for its quality provision and service over the years. It is the employees of Francois Marine & Offshore that have most contributed to the company’s success by consistently demonstrating consummate professionalism and great attention to customer care.”