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CEVA Logistics and Emmelibri launch C&M Book Logistics

[ November 20, 2020   //   ]

CEVA Logistics Italia and Emmelibri (Messaggerie Group) have renewed their partnership to provide logistics services for another 12 years. The new contract provides for the launch of a jointly owned business named C&M Book Logistics SrL – aimed at developing an innovative book logistics and distribution centre in Italy through the project.

CEVA Logistics and Emmelibri have been collaborating since the 1990s, and since 2013, CEVA Logistics has been in charge of the physical handling of the products distributed by Messaggerie Libri through the logistics hub, City of Books, at Stradella in Pavia. Emmelibri, through its subsidiary Messaggerie Libri, is the most important, independent Italian distributor of publishing materials; its reputation has been based, for over 100 years, on punctuality, reliability and constant commitment to improving the quality of service.

The two companies, leaders in their respective fields of activity, have been working on this ambitious and far-sighted project, with the aim of creating one of the most modern and avant-garde logistics warehouses in Europe.

To implement the new project, C&M Book Logistics has been created, whose equal partners are CEVA Logistics Italia (a fully-owned subsidiary of the CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics.) and Emmelibri (a company 100% controlled by Messaggerie Italiane).
The Chairman and CEO of the new company will be Christophe Boustouller – CEO of CEVA Logistics Italia, while the Vice Chairman will be Renato Salvetti – CEO of Messaggerie Libri.
The mission of the new Company will be to manage the existing City of Books site and also to oversee the extensive two-year investment programme turning it into an automated site.

The new contract provides City of Books to be entirely dedicated to the Company’s logistics needs. Following a EUR 40 million investment, the extended 80,000 sqm will house one of the most modern automation systems in Europe – which will be installed by the Austrian company TGW. Construction work will take almost two years, and the plant will be operational at the beginning of 2023.