Fm logistic

La logique des transports urbain

History

FM Logistic: More than 50 years of success

More than 50 years of success

FM Logistic is a family business. Since its creation in 1967, it has climbed the ladder to success step by step. Today, the group is one of the leading French and international logistics providers.

Milestones

Founded in 1967, FM Logistic is a private independent group whose history has been shaped by the values of its founders: the respect for others, keeping one’s promises, entrepreneurship, teamwork, performance and enthusiasm. This company culture, which is shared among all staff members, is at the heart of FM Logistic's success. In fiscal 2018-19, the company reached revenues of €1.3 billion.

 

In the 1960s in France, two brothers, Claude and Edmond Faure decided to launch their small wood transport company. At the same time, another entrepreneur, Jean-Marie Machet, took the reins of his family-run transport company. The meeting of Mireille Machet and Claude Faure was to affect the destiny of the two families. Their marriage brought about a close professional relationship, which led to the creation of the 'Faure & Machet' transport company in 1967. At that time it had 12 staff and 7 vehicles.

The company expanded rapidly. In 1976, it already had 90 employees and 75 vehicles. But it was in 1982 that the company really took off. The founders' entrepreneurial spirit and dynamism were instrumental in gaining the trust of the food company Mars. 'Faure & Machet' set-up a strategic activity, warehousing, and only twenty years after being founded, the company had 300 staff members and 38,000 m2 of warehousing space in France.

The 90s: the international expansion

Attentive to customer needs, Faure & Machet came up with new value-added services such as contract packaging, or co-packing, which facilitate promotional campaigns from FMCG and retail companies. At the beginning of the 90s, the Group took advantage of the opportunities brought about by the opening of  Eastern European markets. It thus became an international logistics pioneer in Russia and Central Europe. Following this success, the Group changed its name to FM Logistic in 1998, while making sure it kept its family spirit.

Thanks to the trust that holds the different generations of the founding families together, the company was passed on in 2002. Two years later FM Logistic set up in China, introducing a comprehensive supply chain solution spanning from conception to implementation. In 2013, the group set up in Brazil. At the same time it increased its expertise in the logistics of fresh produce with the acquisition of a major player in the Russian market. In 2016, FM Logistic reinforced its geographical coverage by acquiring India’s  Spear Logistics.

The small company from Lorraine, France has become a major international logistics provider with activities in 14 countries and more than 60% of its revenue from abroad.

 

Milestones

Founded in 1967, FM Logistic is a private independent group whose history has been shaped by the values of its founders: the respect for others, keeping one’s promises, entrepreneurship, teamwork, performance and enthusiasm. This company culture, which is shared among all staff members, is at the heart of FM Logistic's success. In fiscal 2018-19, the company reached revenues of €1.3 billion.

 

In the 1960s in France, two brothers, Claude and Edmond Faure decided to launch their small wood transport company. At the same time, another entrepreneur, Jean-Marie Machet, took the reins of his family-run transport company. The meeting of Mireille Machet and Claude Faure was to affect the destiny of the two families. Their marriage brought about a close professional relationship, which led to the creation of the 'Faure & Machet' transport company in 1967. At that time it had 12 staff and 7 vehicles.

The company expanded rapidly. In 1976, it already had 90 employees and 75 vehicles. But it was in 1982 that the company really took off. The founders' entrepreneurial spirit and dynamism were instrumental in gaining the trust of the food company Mars. 'Faure & Machet' set-up a strategic activity, warehousing, and only twenty years after being founded, the company had 300 staff members and 38,000 m2 of warehousing space in France.

The 90s: the international expansion

Attentive to customer needs, Faure & Machet came up with new value-added services such as contract packaging, or co-packing, which facilitate promotional campaigns from FMCG and retail companies. At the beginning of the 90s, the Group took advantage of the opportunities brought about by the opening of  Eastern European markets. It thus became an international logistics pioneer in Russia and Central Europe. Following this success, the Group changed its name to FM Logistic in 1998, while making sure it kept its family spirit.

Thanks to the trust that holds the different generations of the founding families together, the company was passed on in 2002. Two years later FM Logistic set up in China, introducing a comprehensive supply chain solution spanning from conception to implementation. In 2013, the group set up in Brazil. At the same time it increased its expertise in the logistics of fresh produce with the acquisition of a major player in the Russian market. In 2016, FM Logistic reinforced its geographical coverage by acquiring India’s  Spear Logistics.

The small company from Lorraine, France has become a major international logistics provider with activities in 14 countries and more than 60% of its revenue from abroad.

 

Testimony

  • The founders of FM Logistic (from left to right) : Edmond Faure, Claude Faure, Jean-Marie Machet

    “It has taken more than 50 years to build today’s FM Logistic. Business life is a daily challenge, especially when a company experiences strong continued growth, which has been the case for our company.

    Our success has not been left to chance. It builds upon a legacy of family values combined with entrepreneurship and common sense. Having this example to follow as well as the desire to continue our story, the second generation has brilliantly taken the reins, with the same success-bearing foundations.

    Today, the management teams combine these values with their own expertise and skills.
    So it is with shared pride and team strength that we continue writing our story on new continents."

    Claude FAURE on behalf of the founders - Honorary President