John T. Rennie began developing the fledging shipping industry of South Africa, laying a firm foundation for the sophisticated operations of today.
Fred Cohen and Julius Goldman establish Clearing and Forwarding Agency; Cohen, Goldman & Co in South Africa’s major business centres.
Birth of South African Airways.
First containers moved by ocean.
Curfin buys a controlling share and forms SA Forwarding & Clearing Company. Subsequently changed to SA Freight Corporation.
Exclusive agency agreement signed with Swiss based Panalpina World Transport in 22 countries, as sole representative in South Africa, an agreement that is still in force today.
SA Forwarding and Clearing Corporation, as it was then known, becomes Safcor and is one of the first to offer groupage containers.
Safcor lists on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.
Safcor Limited delisted from the JSE and was purchased by The Bidvest Group Limited. It is today still wholly owned by Bidvest.
Safcor Freight achieves ISO accreditation.
A closer collaboration between Safcor and Panalpina leads to the rebranding of the company as Safcor Panalpina.
Pic: Bruno Sidler, CEO Panalpina and Philip Womersley, MD Safcor Panalpina.
Safcor Panalpina incorporates the operations of Renfreight.
Safcor Panalpina rebrands as a supply chain organisation and invests in a 10 000m² logistics facility at OR Tambo International Airport.
Safcor Panalpina opens a second 10 000m² logistics degroup facility at OR Tambo International Airport.
Safcor Panalpina celebrates its milestone centenary.
Rennies Distribution Services and Safcor Panalpina amalgamate under the name of Bidvest Panalpina Logistics. The merger enables BPL to provide full end-to-end supply chain solutions with an extensive national and international presence.
Craig Mountjoy is appointed managing director of BPL.
Since its humble beginnings in 1849 BPL has grown from strength to strength and will continue to do so for years to come.
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