The independent choice for Europe

Since 1968, the Maurice Ward Group has provided global freight forwarding, warehousing, logistics & customs clearance solutions. For exacting customers, we offer total supply chain management solutions. From the moment you place a PO with your vendor until your product is delivered to the final customer, you can rely on the world class services provided by the Maurice Ward Group.

Our organic growth, our singular business culture & truly innovative thinking give you a competitive advantage. A single, proprietary IT platform delivers PO tracking throughout the supply chain, from factory door though distribution centers all the way to the end user.

Our facilities are open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week to service you. From Automotive to Aerospace, Retail to Electronics, Art handling to Project cargo, we have to expertise & experience to deliver your product safely & securely. By linking our system directly to your MRP platform, we eliminate unnecessary work & drive continuous improvement. 

Quality is held to ISO 9001 & TS 16949 standards. Our European footprint allows you to deal with one Logistics Service Provider (LSP) for the European continent. As a licensed customs broker & Approved Economic Operator, we ensure you are fully compliant in all areas of customs & trade. Our Duty & VAT management division simplifies your dealings with Europe & enable you to reduce your exposure to cost & risk. 

Maurice Ward Group offers a true single source solution for all your transportation, Logistics, Customs & Trade needs in Europe. Appointing one LSP for Europe gives you a consistent, reliable, safe & secure supply chain, reduces your overall cost & exposure while guaranteeing you have an edge over your competitors. Welcome to the independent choice for Europe.

Mr. Maurice Ward
Owner & CEO

History & Milestones

2019
New facility opened in Athens, Greece
2018
New facility opened in Ukraine and Slovakia
2017
New facility opened in Croatia. MW Motors established
2016
New facilities opened in Denmark, Lithuania, Sweden, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Germany, Romania
2016
Customs activities ECS started in NL
2015
New facility opened in Finland
2014
New facility opened in Switzerland
2012
Customs activities ECS started in CZ
2011
New facility opened in Hungary
2010
New facilities opened in UK, Slovenia, Italy, Bulgaria
2009
TS16949 & ISO 9001 : 2008 & AEO certification
2009
New facilities opened in Austria, Germany, France, Spain
2008
TAPA A Certification
2008
New facilitiies opened in The Netherlands, Poland
2007
New facility in Slovakia 
2006
New facilities in Czech Republic
2005
New facility in Czech Republic
2004
New facilities in Czech Republic
2003
First ISO 9001: 2000 certification
2002
New facility opened in Germany/Austria
2001
New facility in Hungary
2000
Expansion of logistics activities & existing facilities
1999
New facilities opened in UK & Slovakia
1998
New facilities added in Slovakia & Czech
1997
Manufacturing activities added to the group portfolio with the establishment of M. Ward Manufacturing
1996
Work starts to build our proprietary IT platform
1996
Software activities added to the group portfolio with the opening of Trackload.com
1995
Maurice Ward & Co., s.r.o. Founded in Prague, Czech Republic
1994
New facility opened Prague, Czech Republic
1989
Opened Shannon, Ireland
1973
IATA Accreditation
1968
Maurice Ward & Co. Ltd. Founded in Dublin, Ireland

2019
New facility opened in Athens, Greece
2018
New facility opened in Ukraine and Slovakia
2017
New facility opened in Croatia. MW Motors established
2016
New facilities opened in Denmark, Lithuania, Sweden, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Germany, Romania
2016
Customs activities ECS started in NL
2015
New facility opened in Finland
2014
New facility opened in Switzerland
2012
Customs activities ECS started in CZ
2011
New facility opened in Hungary
2010
New facilities opened in UK, Slovenia, Italy, Bulgaria
2009
TS16949 & ISO 9001 : 2008 & AEO certification
2009
New facilities opened in Austria, Germany, France, Spain
2008
TAPA A Certification
2008
New facilitiies opened in The Netherlands, Poland
2007
New facility in Slovakia 
2006
New facilities in Czech Republic
2005
New facility in Czech Republic
2004
New facilities in Czech Republic
2003
First ISO 9001: 2000 certification
2002
New facility opened in Germany/Austria
2001
New facility in Hungary
2000
Expansion of logistics activities & existing facilities
1999
New facilities opened in UK & Slovakia
1998
New facilities added in Slovakia & Czech
1997
Manufacturing activities added to the group portfolio with the establishment of M. Ward Manufacturing
1996
Work starts to build our proprietary IT platform
1996
Software activities added to the group portfolio with the opening of Trackload.com
1995
Maurice Ward & Co., s.r.o. Founded in Prague, Czech Republic
1994
New facility opened Prague, Czech Republic
1989
Opened Shannon, Ireland
1973
IATA Accreditation
1968
Maurice Ward & Co. Ltd. Founded in Dublin, Ireland

Key Facts & Figures

Maurice Ward Group is an established, fast-growing and financially sound organization, extensive footprint of fully owned European offices

Establihed
in 1968

50+ years of experience

800+
employees

Around the world

Over 100M €
turnover

Continuous growing

Zero
debt

Cash rich & profitable

IT
system

Propriatable

100% organic
growth

No acquisitions

100% owned
operations

No joint ventures

40+ owned
offices

An exclusive network
in 25+ EU countries

Company Statement

Maurice Ward Group is a family owned organization. The owners are involved in the day to day management of the group. Our private ownership structure allows us to focus on long term strategic goals rather than concerning ourselves solely with the results of the next quarter. Our mission  is to provide a credible alternative solution for the European continent as it is the largest trading block in the world & possibly the most complicated to manage. Much of the area is now encompassed by the EU, enabling free movement of goods, people & capital.

Currently, we operate 40+ owned offices in 25+ European countries. Our global reach is provided by agents & partners all over the world. Using local experts to cover the rest of the planet allows Maurice Ward to focus all our resources & talent into delivering best in class solutions to, from & within Europe. Key to our continued success is our flat management structure & our single IT platform. Rapid decision making is facilitated by empowered managers & a zero bureaucracy policy. All our growth has been organic, with no acquisitions & no joint ventures. This means we do not have to waste resources attempting to integrate systems or new organizations into the group.

We are a debt free, cash rich & profitable group. Our debt free policy ensures we are working for our customers, not for our financial backers. It enables us to make rapid investment decisions without the approval of a third party. Furthermore, we pay our suppliers in a timely manner so we buy better, allowing our customers to benefit from our Pan-European purchasing power.

We touch every area of the supply chain. Air, ocean & road freight services are complimented by full in-house customs support, distribution centers, spare parts banks, VMI warehousing & value add facilities.

We are obsessive about efficiency. We continually analyse our clients’ supply chain to seek out & eliminate waste. We continually look at our own systems & performance to drive cost down so we can deliver greater value for money to our customers.

As we move forward, we will open more facilities across the continent with the long term aim to have a serious presence in each country in Europe. Our structure & systems allow us to provide seamless, reliable & consistent service levels across all countries. We have over 800 professionals specifically employed to service Europe. We are contracted to some of the largest corporations in the world. They leverage from our asset heavy footprint in Europe.

Over the past 50 years, our highly leveraged & asset light competitors have come & gone by buyout or closure. When you contract to Maurice Ward Group you know you have found a stable partner who will deliver innovative, value for money solutions now & long into the future for your logistics, forwarding & customs services matters.

Maurice Ward Group is the independent choice for Europe. We are looking forward to helping you streamline your supply chain.

Airplane Logo History

The de Havilland Company, headed by Captain Geoffrey de Havilland, was a leader in the development of a light plane for sale to the English public. In 1923 the company entered the D.H. 53 Hummingbird in the Lympne trials, which was organized by the Air Ministry to encourage light plane development.

However, the provisions of the trials called for the use of very small engines, and the Hummingbird lacked performance because it was underpowered.  To remedy this, de Havilland introduced a more powerful plane, the D.H. 60, nicknamed the Moth, which was powered by a four-cylinder engine derived from a Renault V-8 produced during World War I. Introduced in 1925, the D.H. 60 became so successful that the entire supply of Renault engine parts was soon used up.

Accordingly, de Havilland and engineer Frank Halford designed a new engine producing more horsepower but weighing only 14 pounds more than the D.H. 60’s engine. This new engine was known as the Gipsy, and when it was installed in a de Havilland biplane in 1928, the plane was called the Gipsy Moth.

By 1930 the Gipsy Moth had become England’s most popular light plane for private flying. Inexpensive and easy to fly, the biplane made private flying possible for thousands of Britons.  

To meet the demand for this dependable aircraft, the de Havilland Company had to increase production from less than one aircraft per week to more than three per day. It was not long before 85 out of every 100 private planes in England were Moths produced by de Havilland.

Not only did this aircraft popularize private flying but it also accounted for a number of flight records. In 1930 Francis Chichester, after only 100 hours of flying time, piloted a Gipsy Moth solo from England to Australia, and Amy Johnson matched his feat, becoming the first woman to make the flight.

Throughout the 1930s, the Moth was produced in several different versions.  Finally, prior to World War II, it was modified for use as a military training plane and renamed the Tiger Moth.  Most of the Royal Air Force pilots who fought in the Battle of Britain received their flight training in the Tiger Moth.

De Havilland DH 60 Gypsy Moth performance and specifications

Powerplant:
100 hp de Havilland
Gipsy I inline

Number of
Powerplants:
1

Length:
23 ft 11 in
(7.29 m)

Height:
8 ft 9-1/2 in
(2.68 m)

Wing Span:
30 ft 0 in
(9.14 m)

Wing Area: 
234.0 ft2 
(22.57 m2)

Empty Weight:
920 lb
(417 kg)

Max Takeoff Weight:
1,650 lb
(748 kg)

Cruising Speed:
85 mph
(137 km/h)

Maximum Speed:
102 mph
(164 km/h)

Service Ceiling:
14,500 ft
(4,420 m)

Range/Distance:
320 mi
(515 km)

Crew:
1 pilot

Passengers/Cargo:
1 passenger

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