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Interview with Ramon Alcaraz, CEO of JSL

We have created a solid foundation throughout this challenging year. We expanded our service portfolio with the acquisition of five companies and we have secure management that enabled us to respond to the growing demand of segments such as agribusiness, commodities, retail, automotive, and throughout the logistics chain (inbound, outbound, intralogistics, warehousing, distribution and e-commerce), among others. We recorded the best third quarter in the history of our company, with a net income of R$83 million, five times higher than the same period in 2020, and with 1.2 billion in new contracts. For the year 2022, our objective is to continue growing sustainably, favoring social inclusion, generating jobs and new opportunities for our employees and in the communities where we are present”.

Date: 01/01/2022

Vehicle A semana

Market in expansion

JSL has been transporting employees with bus and minibus charter for a few decades, and has seen, since the beginning of the pandemic, the growth of this type of service, with the need to keep distance between passengers. For 2022, expectations are positive.

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Date: 01/14/2022

Vehicle O Globo Economy

JSL and Instituto Júlio Simões make a donation to the community of shellfish gatherers in the municipality of Belmonte

The Julio Simões Institute, with the support of JSL, delivered 530 basic food baskets to the Association of Marisqueiras in Belmonte (BA). “The moment calls for solidarity and action on the part of all civil society”, comments Bia Andari, manager of the Julio Simões Institute, which works in the communities surrounding the company. In addition to the baskets, TPC, a company controlled by JSL, collected more than 1.7 tons of donations for distribution in the southern region of Bahia.

Solidarity Christmas

In December, JSL and other companies of the Simpar group participated in the Christmas Solidarity Campaign, organized by the Institute, which collected more than 27 tons of food throughout Brazil –in the region of Eunápolis (BA) alone, 200 kg of food were delivered .


Movida, a company controlled by Simpar and certified in Sistema B, participates in the #BpelaBahia Campaign and placed a van vehicle to transport donations to the CUFA Central (Favelas Single Center) in Paraisópolis, in the capital of São Paulo, where the NGO brings together donations before sending them to Bahia.

About the Julio Simões Institute

Founded by Portuguese immigrant and entrepreneur Julio Simões in 2006, the institute was created to develop its own sociocultural projects as well as projects in partnership with other NGOs. The institution’s objective goes beyond organizing social actions promoted by the holding. The institution has been supporting dozens of cultural, environmental and social actions throughout Brazil. In 2021, the institute’s projects have already impacted more than 3000 people across Brazil. Visit our website and learn more about our projects:

About JSL

JSL (JSLG3) brings together the largest portfolio of logistics services in Brazil, operating in 16 sectors of the economy. Present in all Brazilian states and in seven other countries, it operates in all stages of the production chain with embedded technology, generating efficiency in the use of assets, security and intelligence in the logistics process of its customers. The companies Fadel, TPC, Transmoreno, Rodomeu and Marvel are part of JSL, totaling 25 thousand employees, 86 distribution centers and more than one million square meters dedicated to storage.

Date: 01/15/2022

Vehicle Portal Belmonte

JSL starts testing BYD electric bus

JSL has started a test period with electric bus from BYD, the second largest manufacturer of electric bus chassis in the world. The model chosen is the D9F, with a Marcopolo body, 12.9 meters long, with a range of approximately 250 km and full battery recharge in up to 4 hours. 

The vehicle will be used to transport employees of charter service customers, on routes that cover the cities of Indaiatuba, Sorocaba and Suzano, in the countryside of São Paulo. 

According to BYD, a bus that runs 72,000 km in a year can avoid, on average, the emission of 164 tons of CO² into the atmosphere in the same period. “Our intention is to progressively invest in a fleet powered by electricity, following our plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions”, explains Ramon Alcaraz, CEO of JSL. “We are committed to building a low carbon economy, which is also a goal of our customers”. 

Date: 02/03/2022

Vehicle Frota & Cia

Instead of a train, a 47m-truck becomes a tailor-made solution for factory loads

São Paulo, 02/04/2022 – JSL, from the Simpar group, has just started a complex operation of “pentatrain” type trucks – which have five semi-trailers and are 47 meters long – at LD Celulose (a joint venture between the former Duratex and the Austrian Lenzing), in Indianópolis (MG). The carrier’s investment in the operation was R$50 million and, according to CEO Ramon Alcaraz, despite being highly specific, the project can be replicated in other sectors, but always under the “tailor-made” concept.

Due to its size, the pentatrain is not authorized to travel on public highways and, in the case of LD, it only travels along the internal roads of the industrial complex, transporting eucalyptus logs from the farms to the industrial park – an average of 28 kilometers per trip.” The pent-train has an obvious gain in volume and productivity, but it loses in speed and agility, so the customer needs to do the math and verify if it pays off”, explains the executive. “JSL has always grown into tailor-made and the pentatrain perfectly fits into that concept.” The contract for this type of operation is long-term, at least five years, says Alcaraz. At the end of the contracting period, it is possible to refurbish or even transform the vehicles if necessary.” The pentatrain is restricted to very specific conditions, but tests have already been carried out in the sugarcane sector. LD even came to us because of a project we did with Suzano a few years ago.” JSL has a team of trained and experienced drivers to drive the equipment, which requires a specially designed operation. The project foresees substantial productivity gains, which can reach up to 50% in the case of wood transportation. According to the carrier, with the pentatrain it is possible to reduce the number of annual trips by 5,600, with savings of up to 220 thousand liters of diesel in the period. Once the testing phase is over, JSL plans to operate 15 pentatrains on LD’s farms, which is implementing one of the largest dissolving pulp factories in the world, with a capacity of 500,000 tons per year.” In agribusiness or the wood sector, the greatest possible optimization of the operation is always sought and the most adequate transportation makes the company more or less competitive. Understanding to serve is much more than a pretty phrase, it’s building the best solution.”

Date: 02/04/2022

Vehicle Broadcast

Harsh reality: cargo and truck thefts worry road users

Our Operations Manager at the Intermodal Logistics Center, Claudia Campos Soares de Carvalho, gave an interview to the Brasil Caminhoneiro program on TV Record, telling how JSL faces this issue and how it works to ensure truck driver safety.

Date: 02/05/2022

Vehicle TV Record | Brasil Caminhoneiro

JSL predicts new cost pressure this year, after soaring inflation in 2021

Carrier of the Simpar group seeks internal expense cuts, acquisitions and expansion into the international market 

Inflation pressure on road freight transportation is expected to persist in 2022, albeit to a lesser extent, assesses Ramon Alcaraz, president of JSL, a company belonging to the Simpar group. The company, which last year multiplied its profit by 5.6 times, still sees plenty of room to cut internal costs and offset part of the high expenses. “There is a lot of tall grass to cut”, says the executive. 

The skyrocketing price of various inputs in the sector, such as fuel (up 72% in the year), parts (31%) and tires (28%), led to an “absurd” situation, he says. 

This scenario should not be repeated this year, he says. “We believe that inflation will still have a strong impact, but on a smaller scale. I also don’t believe that the rise in prices will be linked to the IPCA (inflation index), because there are external issues that don’t help, such as the price of oil, the dollar exchange rate. This year we have elections in Brazil, which can also have an impact. So it’s still going to be a tough year.” 

Despite the increase in total costs — 44% in the year and 55% in the fourth quarter of 2021 — the company’s results were very positive. In the last quarter of the year, net income was R$ 54.3 million, an increase of 78.1%. Ebitda (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) rose 81.9%, while gross revenue advanced 60.5%, to R$1.582 billion, compared to the same period in 2020. 

Part of the good results is due to the acquisitions made throughout the year. However, even disregarding this effect, there would be an 18% increase in gross revenue in the fourth quarter. The improvement in numbers is due to a combination of factors, says Alcaraz: the good performance of the segments served by JSL (such as pulp, mining and retail); the cost reduction project; and readjustment negotiations carried out throughout the year. For 2022, the strategy adopted will be the same, according to him. “You can’t think we’re going to pass on 100% of inflation. Part of this has to be resolved by reducing costs. The company is still far from what we consider ideal, but we started well and that was reflected in the numbers.” One factor that benefited the company’s progress was the shortage of capacity in the logistics market. “This made companies look to JSL as a guarantee of demand”, he says. The situation also expanded dedicated operations, whose revenue rose 40% in the fourth quarter, year-on-year. In 2021, new contracts were signed in the amount of R$ 4.1 billion, with an average term of execution of 42 months. The company also plans to remain focused on making new acquisitions in the land cargo transportation market, a very fragmented segment. The difficult scenario for the cargo transportation sector – with inflation pressure and lack of capacity – favors negotiations with smaller groups, assesses the Executive. He points out, however, that the company focuses its interest on healthy companies. Another objective is to expand the internationalization of the group. In 2021, JSL, which already operates in five more countries in South America, in addition to Brazil, started an operation in South Africa. The entry took place through a dedicated operation in the retail sector, with a client with whom the company already worked in Brazil. The company’s idea is to use the experience to expand its presence in other international markets, according to the president. 

Today, international operations represent approximately 4% of revenue. The goal is to expand this participation “significantly”, he says.

Date: 02/22/2022

Vehicle Valor Online

JSL invests heavily in driver training

JSL offers an extensive training program, which is given on a regular basis, to truck drivers who provide services for the company. This training program aims to increase the safety and well-being of workers.

This year alone, more than 360 drivers have already attended the classes, which cover topics such as standard safety procedures, defensive driving and include interventions by the partner Movimento Arte & Comunicação, which uses theatrical techniques to encourage safe behavior in a playful and fun way. The result is motivated and engaged professionals, always ready to improve in their role.

“JSL’s main asset is our people. The company, therefore, invests in training and safety at work, in order to offer quality and guarantee the well-being of all: employees, partners, customers and the community”, explains Mauro Gustavo, director of People and Culture

Lasting 4 hours, the training takes place in the auditoriums of Sest Senat (Social Transportation Service and National Transportation Learning Service) and covers the entire country. Since January, the training has already moved employees in Sorocaba (SP) and São Bernardo do Campo (SP), and in the coming weeks it will be in Piracicaba (SP) and Gravataí (RS).

Date: 03/03/2022

Vehicle Blog do Caminhoneiro

Discover JSL's electric road bus

Founded in July 1956 by Portuguese immigrant Julio Simões, the carrier of the same name that later came to be called JSL, ended up acquiring its first truck and began transporting products to gardens, orchards and farms, on the way between Mogi das Cruzes to São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro

In the 1970s, the company had a fleet of 42 trucks. But it was at the end of the 80’s that the Group began its diversification, starting to operate in the leasing of light vehicles and chartering for the transportation of passengers.

In 2020, the holding activity, which until then was carried out by JSL itself, started to be carried out by SIMPAR, and is currently the largest logistics services platform in Brazil.

The group also received a B- grade in the most recent report published by CDP, a non-profit organization that has the largest database on environmental actions promoted by companies around the world. JSL’s assessment is above the global average for both the intermodal transportation and logistics sector, which hold a C grade.

Speaking of sustainability, the company tested an electric bus. Via Trolebus spoke with Anderson Fontes from JSL, who explained how the company’s experience was in testing this type of vehicle in a mostly diesel-powered fleet.

Date: 03/07/2022

Vehicle Via Trolebus

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