December is often the time for summaries. As the year draws to an end, we are tempted to reflect and recapitulate. This year it has so much meaning because the year was so unprecedented. Unexpected, but also bringing new possibilities; challenging, but proving our strength; unpredictable, but allowing us to emphasize our flexibility.
Today, as 2020 draws to a close, and we reflect on all the wonderful work we have done, we wish to thank all Ziegler employees and associates. We are grateful for the enormous commitment, positive attitude, and ways in which we together proved we could change and adapt to every new situation. These attributes of our company are of priceless value.
Our knowledge and experience were used to help fight the pandemic. We delivered millions of face masks and other medical supplies to hospitals, pharmacies, and enterprises. We leveraged our rail freight capability to mitigate air freight and ocean freight capacity shortage.
In this hard time, we did not stop in our efforts to further develop. In May we moved into a new headquarters in the UK, and a month later we strengthened our position at Liège Airport (LGG) by acquiring Transports Rademaker with an excellent location in Grâce Hollogne at the end of the Liège Airport runway. Then, in October, we moved to new facilities at the Brussels airport.
This year, we also took great steps towards the digitization and further expansion of the Ziegler Group through the creation of the new ZieglerLabs in Poland – the center of excellence for digitalization and innovation.
There are no words to express our gratitude to our customers and partners, who have been standing by us through the year, working hard and looking for the best solutions side-by-side. You have made it possible for us to give as much of ourselves as possible, you have not lost your confidence and kept a positive mindset with us. This is our united success!
2021 will be a year of further interesting developments for the Ziegler Group, which we look forward to with excitement.
Meanwhile, for the upcoming festive season, we wish you a lot of peace and rest. May this time allow you to break away from the daily chase, and may it be full of joy and time spent with your loved ones. And let the New Year bring only good news!
Alain Ziegler Diane Govaerts
President Chief Executive Officer