It is a case of ‘back to the future’ for Schmitz Cargobull, Europe’s leading manufacturer of semi-trailers, on the opening of a new factory in Manchester, building customised vehicles for UK and Irish operators. The German family-owned business had a manufacturing facility at Harelaw in County Durham for many years, which closed in 2010.
Production at the 7,500 sq m facility in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester, is scheduled to start this summer with a capacity of 50 units per week including freepost curtainsiders and box van semi-trailers. The site will also contain a 1,000 sq m spare parts warehouse for local supply and by the end of this year will become the main base for the complete Schmitz Cargobull UK team. Managing Directors of Schmitz Cargobull UK are jointly Paul Avery for operations and Alan Hunt for the sales and service activities. Paul Ó Ceallaigh, looks after the Irish marketplace as Regional Manager.
Commenting on the development and investment, spurned on no doubt by Brexit, Andreas Schmitz, Chief Executive Officer at Schmitz Cargobull, said: “The UK and Ireland is a key transport and logistics market and an important semi-trailer and rigid truck market for us. With the new plant we are moving closer to our customers and ensuring that we can address their needs offering the most reliable chassis and a proven local body.”
The new operation joins an extensive Schmitz Cargobull production network including German facilities in Vreden, Altenberge, Gotha and Toddin, as well as bases in Lithuania, Russia, Spain, Turkey and Australia.
Boris Billich, Director of Sales at Schmitz Cargobull, added: “We want to support transport companies in the UK and Ireland in a best possible way with our comprehensive range of reliable and innovative transport solutions. This includes vehicles with market-specific features, shortest possible delivery times, an extensive 24/7 spare parts supply as well as our proven range of services from financing to telematics and used vehicle sales.”
With a network of highly flexible production plants, Schmitz Cargobull is able to quickly respond to local market requirements and currently produces around 46,000 trailers on an annual basis.
Schmitz Cargobull is synonymous with reliability and innovation and guarantees consistently high quality standards across its global operation, from vehicle configuration to handover to the customer. Its aftercare sales support is based on an authorized network of 1,700 workshops located across the UK, Ireland and in Europe.