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Vinturas - Appointment of new Chief Executive Officer

Leek, The Netherlands, May 3, 2021 – The Supervisory Board of Vinturas announced today that Ronald Kleijwegt has been appointed as new CEO.

Spanning an international career in EMEA, the Americas and Asia, Ronald is a widely experienced senior executive with more than 25 years of experience in international supply chain, logistics and IT.

Building on what Vinturas has accomplished already in digitalising the automotive supply chain, under his leadership Vinturas will hone its strategic growth direction and will develop its organization, strengthen its partnerships, and build new relationships.

Most recently Ronald was GVP Global Sales and Managing Director EMEA at Blume Global, where he demonstrated the ability to create value for customers by offering digital platform solutions. Prior to being named to that role, he served at executive management positions at Compaq, Hon Hai/Foxconn and HP.

I’m excited to lead Vinturas. It’s my drive to grow the business by using its unique block chain and digital technology in the automotive and other vehicle industries. It is an exciting time to join Vinturas with especially the automotive industry going through dramatic changes and opportunities”, says Ronald Kleijwegt.


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VINTURAS SECURES €2 MLN. EUROPEAN SUBSIDY

Faster rollout of existing automotive blockchain platform

Vinturas, European forerunner in the standardization of digital processes in the automotive industry, has received a European subsidy of €2 million for its innovative use of blockchain technology. Vinturas was awarded the subsidy because of its vital contribution to European sustainability and digitization targets. The subsidy will allow Vinturas to accelerate its objective of achieving full transparency in the automotive supply chain of new and used vehicles.

The company will use the €2 million subsidy from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), which is issued through the North Netherlands Cooperation Association (SNN), to further accelerate the digital management of millions of vehicle movements in Europe based on its blockchain technology.

Innovation and sustainability

“This subsidy underlines the importance of the Vinturas platform to transparency in the supply chain from factory to dealer, including all transport movements of used vehicles within Europe,” says Jon Kuiper, the company’s CEO. “As such, we are contributing to the European agenda in relation to innovation, digitization and sustainability. In addition to acknowledging our contribution, this subsidy will allow us to accelerate the development of new digital applications in order to create added value for our customers. Supplying an electronic consignment note (e-CMR), for instance, will eliminate millions of paper documents.”

Vinturas delivers supply chain visibility for the automotive industry

Vinturas was established in 2019 as a consortium of leading European logistics service providers and is a leading player in the standardization of digital processes in the automotive finished vehicle industry, a sector that has seen little digitization and still largely works with paper documents. The Vinturas platform realizes an end-to-end track & trace functionality for vehicles in the logistics chain, enabling dealers to better inform their customers about delivery times and delivering real-time visibility of the end-to-end supply chain for OEMs and fleet owners.


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PRESS RELEASE - Leek (Netherlands), January 21 2020.

SANTANDER CONSUMER FINANCE JOINS VINTURAS

Vinturas extends its scope with access to more than 20.000 dealers in Europe


  • Santander Consumer Finance will be shareholder of Vinturas
  • Consortium now consists of Santander Consumer Finance, Axess Logistics, Autolink, Groupe CAT, Koopman Logistics Group and NVD
  • Digitalization of supply chain leads to transparency, process improvements, new business models and a better customer experience for OEM’s, Fleet owners and dealers

Leek (Netherlands), 21 January 2020 - Vinturas has added Santander Consumer Finance as shareholder. With the accession of Santander Consumer Finance to the consortium of leading automotive logistics service providers, Vinturas will be able to offer its digital services to a large automotive customer base in Europe.

Vinturas, established at the beginning of 2019, has taken an important step in the development of its network and services with the addition of Santander Consumer Finance, the consumer finance arm of Santander Group. The consortium members now cover all key markets in Europe. Its digital platform will manage more than 12 million vehicle movements per year and has access to more than 20.000 dealers in Europe.

Supply chain visibility and new business models

Vinturas is the leader in standardization of digital processes in the automotive finished vehicle industry, an industry which is still largely paper based. Digitalization and standardization will result in significant process improvement for customers of Vinturas. Additionally, it will lead to more transparency and an improved customer experience as Vinturas provides end-to-end track and trace functionality for every new vehicle leaving the manufacturing location on its way to the dealer. With Santander Consumer Finance joining, Vinturas will explore new business models in the finance and insurance business.

Leading platform

Vinturas CEO Jon Kuiper: “With Banco Santander, through Santander Consumer Finance, now joining the consortium, Vinturas has strengthened its position as the leading digital platform in our industry. Santander Consumer Finance, with a strong customer base in the automotive industry, will bring additional possibilities to develop new digital services to support our automotive customers in the transition they are going through”.

Accelerate use of blockchain technology
Santander’s VP and Innovation and Strategy Director at Santander Consumer Finance Juan Manuel Roldan Carretero adds: “Santander Consumer Finance, with its reach in the automotive industry, and Vinturas are a perfect match. Santander Group is a global leader in the development and application of blockchain technology. With the leading position of Vinturas in the finished vehicle supply chain in Europe we see significant opportunities to create value for all our customers in the automotive segment using innovative blockchain technology”.

Vinturas blockchain based platform

Vinturas has developed a blockchain based platform providing digital services to OEM’s, fleet-owners and dealers. The platform has been developed by IBM, technology partner of Vinturas. The platform is currently tested with main customers and will go to production early 2020.

For more information please visit www.vinturas.com.



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PRESS RELEASE - Leek (Netherlands), October 15 2019.

GROUPE CAT JOINS VINTURAS PLATFORM

Consortium now involved in more than 12 million vehicle movements per year in Europe

  • Groupe CAT, a major European independent player in transport and vehicle logistics joins Vinturas
  • Vinturas consortium now consists of Groupe CAT, Axess Logistics, Koopman Logistics Group, NVD and AutoLink
  • Digitalization of supply chain, leading to transparency, process improvements and a better customer journey for OEM’s and fleet owners

Leek (Netherlands), October 15 - Vinturas, a consortium of leading automotive logistics service providers in Europe, has the logistics Groupe CAT join its consortium. With the accession of Groupe CAT, Vinturas will be involved in more than 25% of all supply chain vehicle movements in Europe, which ranks it as the leading platform in the industry. 

Vinturas, established at the beginning of 2019, has taken an important step in the development of its network and services with the addition of Groupe CAT. The consortium, through its members, now covers all key markets in Europe and its digital platform will manage more than 12 million vehicle movements per year. 

Supply chain visibility
Thanks to Groupe CAT’s strong position in the market, Vinturas will lead the standardization of digital processes, in an industry still largely paper based. Standardization will result in significant process improvements for customers of the Vinturas platform. Additionally, it will lead to more transparency in an improved customer journey, as Vinturas provides end-to-end track and trace functionality for every new vehicle leaving the manufacturing location on its way to the dealer. Groupe CAT, established more than 60 years ago, operates in 27 countries and employs 9.000 people.

Leading platform
Vinturas CEO Jon Kuiper: “With Groupe CAT now joining the consortium, Vinturas has become the leading digital platform in our industry. The digitalization of the Finished Vehicle Supply Chain will give our customers, from OEM to dealer, finally the insights and value creation the industry has been waiting for.”

Vinturas block chain based platform
Vinturas has developed a block chain-based platform providing digital services to OEM’s, fleet-owners and dealers. The platform is currently tested with major customers and will go to production early 2020.

More information can be found on Vinturas.com

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PRESS RELEASE - Leek (Netherlands), May 14 2019.

VINTURAS PROVIDES AUTOMOTIVE END-TO-END SUPPLY CHAIN VISIBILITY

New consortium uses IBM blockchain technology to deliver sustainable value

  • Blockchain-based transparency in all elements of the supply chain
  • Digital platform uses IBM Blockchain technology
  • Consortium of Axess Logistics, Koopman Logistics Group, NVD and AutoLink
  • Vinturas is enabler for a more sustainable industry
  • Platform operational from September 2019

Leek (Netherlands), May 14 2019- Vinturas, a consortium of leading Automotive logistics service providers in Europe, today announced that it will operate a digital, blockchain based platform, to provide end-to-end visibility in the supply chain of finished vehicles.

Today’s automotive logistics infrastructure is characterized by scattered information flows and multiple legacy systems, making it impossible to trace vehicles on their way to the dealer. (Mileage) fraud is a growing concern in cross-border processes in Europe. Vinturas will digitalize all aspects of the supply chain, from factory to dealer, and will also cover the logistics process for used vehicles in Europe, all designed to lead to more transparency, to greater efficiency, to an improved customer journey and to lower costs.

Improve customer journey
Creating visibility in the supply chain can help dealers to inform their customers about the location and the estimated time of arrival of new vehicles and thus considerably improve the ‘customer journey’ for their customers. The Vinturas platform will allow OEM’s and fleet owners to manage their European flows on a near-real time basis, improving planning, optimizing inventories and networks and saving costs. Vinturas will contribute to a more efficient, sustainable supply chain infrastructure in Europe.

Founding members
Behind the initiative are four ‘founding members’, all respected logistics service providers for the Industry. Axess Logistics, NVD, Koopman Logistics Group and Autolink Group ensure that the services of Vinturas can be delivered in a large number of European countries from the launch of the platform in September 2019.
EML, a large sea-carrier in Europe will also contribute to the platform to provide visibility for the sea-bound part of the automotive supply chain.

Partners
Vinturas is supported by strong partnerships. IBM as technology partner will provide the expertise to build the Vinturas platform. Grant Thornton, with its auditing, legal, advisory and blockchain expertise, will be a partner of Vinturas.
 
Leading platform
The CEO of Vinturas is Jon Kuiper. Kuiper formerly CEO of Koopman Logistics Group brings a wealth of senior executive experience in supply chain management from various global corporations. Jon Kuiper: “Vinturas aims to be the leading platform in Finished Vehicle Logistics. We strongly believe in the power of collaboration. The launch of Vinturas with four well-known logistics service providers and our choice of IBM as technology partner shows our long-term commitment to delivering sustainable value”.

Democratic data-sharing
Vinturas is an open eco-system and thus accessible to all players in the field of Finished Vehicle Logistics. Therefore software companies, logistic service providers and other application providers are also invited to work with Vinturas. The key benefit of working together is the ability to share data in a secure distributed blockchain infrastructure.  Kuiper: “We do believe the future of our industry is in collaborating and democratic data-sharing. By working together, we can unlock significant value for all players in our industry”. IBM provides Vinturas proven blockchain technology, ensuring secured data-sharing, immutable records and creation of a full digital record of a vehicle’s lifecycle in the supply chain.

Vinturas is expected to be live in September 2019, first demonstrations of the platform are planned for July this year. More information can be found on Vinturas.com

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