It all started in 1962 as Intertransport BVBA.
Foundation of Sitra in France
Foundation of Sitra Nederland BV
Foundation of cleaning station ICS at Paal-Beringen
Merge of Sabbioni Italy and Heine Transport Douai
Opening of a cleaning station in Sailly-sur-la-Lys (France) and regrouping of all French companies under the name Sitra France.
Merge of Binfürst BV Barendrecht
Merge of de Haan Transport and Merge of Giraud Alimentaire
Foundation of Sitra UK
Regrouping of all Dutch companies in Sitra Zaandam and Zwolle and joint-venture in Bielarussia: Sitra BY-Mogilev
Merge of the food powder activity of Marquis and merge of Ecologistic (multi modal specialist company).
Foundation of Sitra Deutschland GmbH in Neuss in September.
Foundation of Iprus Sankt-Petersburg and Belgeotrans T’bilisi 2001
Foundation of Litra Vilnius
Foundation of Sitra Polska Sroda Slaska
Foundation of Sitra Rus
Foundation of Sitra Invest, Ieper
2014: Foundation of Sitra Logistic Services, Ieper
Merge of Rutatrans, now Trapol and foundation of SSSC, Chisinau
Sale of chemical department and creation of Sitra Ro Srl, Stefanesti
Sitra took up residence in the brand-new site in Ypres in 2016. The integration went very smoothly.
“Moving to something better is never difficult. The new site was absolutely a necessity. The offices were more than 50 years old and we also struggled with a lack of space.
Now we have a completely new complex where everything is very modern. It’s a total adaptation for both employees and myself, but one in the positive sense.”
The success story of the Sitra Group began on 31 March 1962 when Robert Saelens founded Saelens Inter Transport in Geluveld at Zonnebeke. Martial and Frank Saelens, Robert’s children, pursued the way of diversification. They specifically searched for niche markets and became specialized in the transport of food products in various forms. A good choice, so it seemed, certainly in the face of the rise and fall of the demographic evolution. When you eat something today, it is most likely that the ingredients of your meal have been transported by Sitra.
Meanwhile, the third generation of the Saelens family has made its entrance into the company. They also ambitiously pursue the further expansion of the company. Sitra has been focusing on Eastern Europe ever since 1998. We have built up a solid reputation in Russia in recent years; a property that global companies, like Coca-Cola, know how to capitalize on.
By means of international expansion, joint ventures and a strategic acquisition policy, Sitra Group has become what it is now: an ultramodern transport company with strong ambitions to grow further.
At Sitra we specialize in the transportation and logistics of food products in all their forms. Our customers include producers and consumers of chocolate, sugar, starch, yeast, salt, gluten, flour. As well as the industry for dairy, meat, industrial bakeries, oils, frozen foods, fruits and vegetables.