Dixon International Logistics, the leading Irish temperature-controlled transport business has signed an agreement to acquire Monaghan-based Carna Transport. This significant acquisition enhances Dixon’s presence in Ireland its objective to be the leading logistics partner connecting Ireland, the EU, and the UK.
Carna Transport was formed in 1973 by founder and owner Barry Hughes and manages offices in both Monaghan and Armagh. The firm specialises in the movement of goods to and from Ireland, the UK and Europe. The company’s continuous investment in people and technology has given them the footprint in increasingly diverse sectors. Carna has been identified as the renowned carrier of choice for some of the world’s leading blue-chip companies.
Carna denotes the first acquisition by Dixon since an Irish growth capital investor, erisbeg invested in Dixon in December 2021. The Carna business would continue to operate independently with existing team from its present locations in Monaghan and Armagh.
Noting on the transaction, Michael Dixon, Managing Director of Dixon International Logistics said that the team is delighted to have completed the acquisition of Carna Transport.
During this process, the company have been enormously impressed with the operation that Barry and his team have built over the years and believe that Carna represents an excellent strategic fit for their business, complementing their market-leading transport and logistics service offering, Dixon said.
The transport company would look forward to working with the Carna team to continue to grow the business and support their customers. Geographically, the location of Carna’s operation combines seamlessly into their own business, enhancing their customer service and allowing top-notch practices to be shared with their existing Dixon operations in Dublin and Coventry, he added.
Barry Hughes, owner, and Managing Director of Carna Transport said that the acquisition of Carna Transport by Dixon International Logistics indicates a significant new phase in their remarkable journey. The company is incredibly proud of the business that has been created for over the past 50 years as a solely owned Irish run operation.
The success would not have been possible without their loyal and resolute team, some of whom have been with the company since day one, their immensely supportive clients and an intricate network of supply partners across their industry, Hughes said.
Dixon’s interest in acquiring Carna is testament to what the team has put together and creates a trail for further growth of the Carna offering, reinforced by a market-leading new proprietor. Hughes wished the team the absolute best for the future and would look forward to seeing the next exciting chapter of Carna Transport unfold.
About Dixon International Logistics
Dixon Transport is one of the leading logistics and distribution businesses in Ireland. This family run business offers temperature-controlled transport solutions for leading food, beverage and pharmaceutical firms in Ireland, UK and across Europe. The company’s exceptional levels of service and modern fleet are key to its accomplishment which goes by the company tagline ‘Experience in motion.’ Maintaining their company principles of personal attention, transparency, and control, while reinvesting in people, exceptional equipment, and systems.
The transport company has depots in Dublin and in Rugby UK. Dixon currently employs about two hundred people across both locations.