Transportes Paulo Duarte – Iberian reference in the transport of fuel and liquid foodstuffs and part of the Paulo Duarte Group – closed the year 2021 with a turnover of 95 million euros, a figure that represents a growth of around 30 per cent compared to 2020. With a team currently made up of 1,200 employees – 1,000 of whom are drivers – and a fleet of around 1,400 vehicles, the company intends to keep on growing, and expects to end 2022 with a business volume of 114 million euros. With the aim of solidifying its position as a player of reference in the sector, not only nationally, but also at Iberian and European level, the company has also planned an investment of 10 million euros, which will be allocated to the acquisition of companies in Spain over the next five years.
In this context, we recall that in 2021, the year in which it celebrated 75 years of activity, Paulo Duarte strengthened its focus on internationalisation, one of the company’s strategic objectives, having acquired two Spanish companies at the end of that year – Cisternas Hurtrans (Hurtrans), a leader in the liquid food market (an area with important growth prospects), and Hijos de Román Bono Guarner (HRBG), a company specialised in the transport of hazardous materials.
Sustainability, innovation and digitalisation: the priority triangle
Offering its solutions and know-how To the agro-food, drinks, ceramics and construction, fuel and chemicals, metallurgy and machinery, pharmaceutical, plastics and rubber, and textiles and fashion sectors, Paulo Duarte exceeded the target of two million deliveries during 2021, having saved 539,647 tons of CO2 in the process. Aware of the importance of minimising the impact of its activity on the environment, specifically by modernising its fleet, the company acquired new-generation MAN trucks, which not only allowed it to transport more payload, but also to save more fuel.
In addition – and in line with the company’s policy of continuous innovation and digitalisation – Transportes Paulo Duarte plans to invest in information systems and technology over the next few years, with the aim of optimising routes and consumption and, consequently, the quality of service provided to clients and economic and ecological sustainability.
“75 years after its creation, Transportes Paulo Duarte has already passed and overcome several crises, always managing to maintain its growth and sustainability. And 2021 was no exception. Despite all the difficulties caused by the pandemic and the rise in fuel prices, we have not lost our focus: to continue to be a benchmark in the road transport segment in all sectors transversal to the international economy”, says Gustavo Paulo Duarte, Managing Director of Transportes Paulo Duarte.
“In the long term, Transportes Paulo Duarte intends to continue to promote internal improvements that will allow the company to solidify itself as a reference in the sector. As such, we will continue to strengthen partnerships in Europe, more specifically in Spain, increasingly assuming an Iberian positioning. We also intend to strengthen investment in technology, which will allow us to optimise routes and consumption, thus contributing to protecting the planet and making the company even more sustainable, both economically and ecologically”, he concludes.