CEO of Driessen Group looks back and looks ahead
Castor International and the Driessen Group can look back at a long history together. More than ten years ago, Castor International became part of the Driessen Group, and even further back, Driessen looked after the global logistics for Castor for about ten years. A perfect moment for Peter-Alexander, CEO of the Driessen Group, to look back on a special collaboration.
Castor International, as mentioned earlier, has developed strongly over the past decade. The logistical expertise of the Driessen Group has given the company real clout: short delivery times, efficient supply chain, own customs clearance and own means of transport.
The coronavirus crisis has resulted in the collaboration between Driessen Logistics and Castor International in the supply chain to become even closer. Stocks were tight, ships couldn't leave port or didn't arrive on time. Moreover, there was an immense pressure on our staffing because, already in the early stages of COVID-19 outbreak, we pursued a proactive policy of testing people and not deploying them in case of doubt. In short: Many challenges on different fronts.
Despite these challenges, and thanks to the unique cooperation within the group, we have never had to say no to our customers. In fact, even in these turbulent times, several new customers have found us. As a stockholding wholesaler, Castor International can rely on good stock positions.
The supply chain has calmed down somewhat in the meantime, and we can carefully start looking ahead. And our forecasts are positive! We expect further growth for Castor International. Looking at the Driessen Group, we are a third-generation family business that aims for the long term. We also believe in anti-cyclical investments. That is why the Driessen Group has decided to install dedicated filling and repackaging lines within its facilities for Castor International. This will enable us to serve the supply chain even better and means that Castor International will no longer be dependent on other customers of the Driessen Group.
CEO Driessen Group of Companies