The UK subsidiary of one of Europe’s leading global logistics players, Dachser, has announced a major investment in a brand new integrated logistics centre close to its existing premises at Brackmills, Northampton. Dachser is purchasing a 16.38 acre site, and the freehold facility will comprise a 64,000 sq. ft cross-dock as well as a 114,000 sq ft contract logistics warehouse and 21,000 sq ft of office accommodation over two storeys.
Contracts were exchanged last month, and the project is expected to be completed in March 2014.
‘The growth in our UK business has been significant over the past few years, and an expansion of our existing capacity was essential in order to sustain our development’, commented Nick Lowe. Dachser’s UK Managing Director. ‘By replacing our several facilities in Northampton with a brand new logistics centre on one site, we will be able to operate very efficiently and maximise the opportunities for ourselves and our customers.’
The new premises will accommodate a 65% increase in existing capacity for contract logistics and value-added services, as well as providing more than double the current size of cross-dock operation to support in particular the rapidly increasing volumes of European exports and imports.
‘We are also looking to the future’, added Lowe. ‘We have incorporated provision for a 26,000 sq ft extension of the cross-dock facility, a benefit that we fully anticipate making use of in several years’ time given our expectations for continued growth. We are delighted to have secured this site, which is ideal from a logistics viewpoint and allows us to retain existing staff and create many new jobs locally. The significant capital investment in our own freehold demonstrates our long-term commitment to the expansion of our UK business.’
Dachser UK also has branches in Dartford and Rochdale, both of which are seeing a steady growth in business volumes too as the Company continues to increase its market share. A new sales office has recently been opened in Reading, serving the M4 corridor region, and more branches in other areas of the UK are planned for the future.
Daily line-hauls are operated from all three current locations, ensuring fast and efficient direct connections to many hub centres in Dachser’s comprehensive pan-European network. In this way, the Company provides an extremely reliable door-to-door distribution service for palletised consignments with all the benefits of track&trace visibility.
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