Founded in 1974, Lucerne Transport has grown into a powerful bulk liquid tanker transport company now under the banner of Unitrans Supply Chain Solutions (PTY) Ltd, a subsidiary of KAP Industrial Holdings.
We offer a top-class tanker logistics solution backed by a professional and dedicated team, with an extensive and continually growing fleet of trucks and configured tankers.
Lucerne Transport was founded as a family-run business in 1974, when JMJ Loubser began transporting milk from farms to his dairy. From there, Lucerne Transport has grown to become one of South Africa’s largest tanker transport companies.
As of September 2016, Lucerne Transport has become wholly owned by Unitrans Supply Chain Solutions (PTY) Ltd, a subsidiary of KAP Industrial Holdings Limited. This acquisition has opened a plethora of opportunities for the company, allowing Lucerne Transport to carry a wide variety of products across South Africa and into neighbouring countries.
We remain proud to provide all our clients – ranging from small entrepreneurial enterprises to large multinational corporations – with the personal service and attention to detail that has always set us apart.
No successful business is built without establishing and maintaining sturdy relationships with clients.
Whilst Lucerne Transport has achieved rapid growth in a short space of time, none of it would have been possible without a strong foundation – one built with the support and encouragement of our valued existing clientele.
We continue to offer unparalleled service, as our growing fleet offers you flexibility with a more frequent schedule and efficient service delivery times. Our highly-trained staff complement ensures that we maintain an efficient response time to any requests, continuing our outstanding on-time service record.
Some of the markets we serve include the following:
The principles that early management had on how the business should be run – “be thorough and do things right” – have set Lucerne Transport in good stead since the company’s inception.
Whilst the organisation may have evolved significantly since then, we have managed to uphold these principles and maintain our vision throughout our development.
Ongoing Senior Management Involvement
Superior Quality Equipment
On-Time Servicing Record
Integral Focus on Safety
Quality of our People
Value & Appreciation for Business
Product & Service Portfolio
Martin Loubser, the Managing Director of Lucerne Transport, is responsible for the daily management of, and technical aspects, relating to the business. Martin brings exceptional operational management expertise to Lucerne Transport and focuses on ensuring that we are able to continuously and successfully deliver productivity and service efficiency. Martin has been involved with Lucerne Transport in an official capacity since 1993.
Head of HR - Chemicals
Nicola has been with the KAP Group since August 2006. During this time, she gained valuable experience and knowledge in the Transport and Logistics, Furniture and Manufacturing and Chemicals industries. She joined Lucerne in March 2020 in the capacity of Head of Human Resources for Unitrans Chemicals and Explosives, based at our Wynberg operation.
SHERQ & Compliance Manager
Doug has 27 years’ experience in Operations, SHERQ and Compliance. He’s done extensive international studies abroad, in the UK and France. He joined Lucerne in early 2019 and his main responsibility currently is ensuring Lucerne Transport (Unitrans Chemicals) achieves the highest SHERQ standards to ensure that we continue being the market leader in the Transportation of Chemicals.
Head: Strategic Development
Bryce Varner joined Lucerne Transport in 2012. Primarily responsible for ensuring our existing customers are attended to, he also oversees our Durban operations to maintain efficient vehicle turn-around. Bryce has been in the tanker transport industry for many years and has experience in numerous industry sectors.
Annette Loubser has been with Lucerne Transport since 2000. She provides the critical administrative support to our business to ensure specific customer requirements are met. Our customers are allocated dedicated invoicing staff to manage their account and ensure compliance with customer-specific requests.
General Manager - Chemicals
Dirk has been with Lucerne Transport since 2017. He has been through an extensive transport training program in his younger years, after completing his B Comm Marketing and an Honours in Logistics Management. His versatility across the various aspects of transport make him an asset to the organisation. Dirk is based in our Wynberg offices.
Senior Operations Manager
Steven joined Lucerne Transport in 2017, based in our Durban office. He has worked in the transport industry his entire career, having been based in Durban, Maputo and Johannesburg over the years. He has a solid knowledge of the operational aspects of transport and runs a team of staff employed to ensure our transitions through Durban are smooth and efficient.