Logistics company Ahola Transport, founded 60 years ago, is moving forward just as purposefully as the companies’ trucks on the highways of Europe. Ahola Transport has always sought to stand out from its competitors through innovation. Now the company is involved in a large digital development project aimed at further enhancing efficiency, flexibility and dynamics in customer service.
The Ahola Transport story began in 1955 when Helge Ahola acquired a single truck. Industrialising after the war, Finland needed gravel, which Helge transported far and wide. The company grew, and later Helge’s son Hans took over the reins of the company. The other brothers, Lars, Nils and Rolf, also came onboard. Today, a third generation of Aholas are at the helm.
Strategic decisions made in the 1980s also carry the company forward today. At that time, an online concept was formulated that removed a large number of transport functions. As international transports increased, a single delivery process, one contact person and minimal goods handling enhanced transport operations decisively.
“The turning point in the company’s profitability development was the decision to initiate our own direct transports,” Hans Ahola explains.
With the aid of efficient transport and logistics arrangements, Ahola Transport has created a comprehensive network in Europe. The company has expanded into Sweden, the Baltic countries, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
The early 1990s was a strong growth period for the company, as a result of which Ahola Transport began to develop its own transport planning, namely the Attracs system, which optimises the stream of goods carried by vehicles. The 2000s also began with strong growth – the Attracs ERP system was introduced in 2003. The group was restructured in 2009, at which time IT and logistics services provider Attracs was spun off as a separate subsidiary.
In 2015 the family-owned logistics company decided to expand its ownership base to investors in Finland and Sweden. To round off its anniversary year, Ahola Transport was listed on the AktieTorget stock exchange in Stockholm.
Business sector: Transport services
Turnover 2014: €90 million
Major markets: The Nordic and Baltic countries, Central and Eastern Europe