As the market continues to tilt East, the art shipping and logistics company Crozier is expanding in Asia with the acquisition of Integrated Fine Arts Solution, a leading art storage and installation firm based in Hong Kong.
Describing the move as a “pivotal moment” in Crozier’s 46-year history, Simon Hornby, the company’s general manager in Europe and Asia, notes how there has been a significant uptick in shipping by sea freight to Hong Kong.
Earlier this year, the firm partnered with Christie’s to send a number of bespoke containers on board ships sailing between New York and London once a month and London and Hong Kong every two months. According to Hornby, the London to Hong Kong route sold out within 24 hours. “It’s about clients being able to rely on a consistent service,” he says.
The Hong Kong expansion will also allow Crozier to grow its business in other parts of Asia, notably Seoul and Singapore. Crozier is one of the official shippers for Frieze Seoul and, according to Hornby, the firm has “quite a few galleries shipping out of London and a couple out of New York, but, interestingly, out of Hong Kong to Seoul”.