NYK Group Acquires UK-Based Delivery Platform Business for E-Commerce Operators

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On February 21, International Logistics Group Limited (“ILG”), a U.K. subsidiary of Yusen Logistics Co., Ltd., acquired Noel Topco Limited, a U.K.-based holding company of 10 companies, including Global Freight Solutions Limited (“GFS”). The acquisition is part of the logistics business growth strategy outlined in the medium-term management plan announced by the NYK Group in March 2023. The acquisition realizes ambidextrous management, which aims for growth through the investment of profits from existing businesses in new ones.

ILG, which has been steadily expanding its business, specializes in fulfillment services for e-commerce businesses, from order receipt to delivery. The U.K. e-commerce market is in strong demand and is the third largest in the world after China and the U.S.

GFS, the operating company of Noel Topco Limited, provides platform services to manage and coordinate end-consumers, e-commerce retailers, fulfillment centers, and carriers for product delivery and returns, offering a wide range of delivery areas, dates, and rates to meet increasingly diverse and sophisticated customer needs.

The acquisition aims to add a new platform service to the NYK Group’s logistics business, thereby expanding services and differentiating the NYK Group from its competitors. The NYK Group aims to grow its business further by building a solid foundation in the e-commerce market, promising continual expansion.



From left, Mike Stephenson, ILG Chairman; Neil Cotty, GFS CEO; Tom Ashley, ILG MD

Outline of Counterparties

Noel Topco Limited







Head Office Newbury, UK
Business Holding Company
Foundation 2017
Group Sales in FY2022 £81.4 million

Global Freight Solutions Limited






Head Office Newbury, UK
Business Platform services for e-commerce logistics providers
Foundation 2001

Business investment policy in NYK’s medium-term management plan


On March 10, 2023, the NYK Group released its medium-term management plan “Sail Green, Drive Transformations 2026 – A Passion for Planetary Wellbeing.
” The NYK Group is promoting growth strategies with ESG at the core, based on the Group’s mission statement of “Bringing value to life” and a new corporate vision for 2030, which reads, “we go beyond the scope of a comprehensive global logistics enterprise to co-create value required for the future by advancing our core business and growing new ones.”

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