Minister of State, Damien English, has welcomed the establishment of Schmitz Cargobull Ireland in support of the country's rapidly expanding haulage market.
The new company will reportedly provide operators easier access to the latest trailer technology – vital when, according to the Central Statistics Office, the total tonnage transported by Irish hauliers has increased by more than 10 per cent in the last year.
Operators will also be able to handle all elements of their trailer acquisition, including invoicing and payment, in Ireland.
The company was launched at an official event attended by Schmitz Cargobull Chief Sales Officer, Boris Billich.
“The open nature of the Irish economy, with high levels of international trade combined with our geographical peripheral location, means that achieving excellence in freight transport continues to be vital for our competitiveness,” said English.
“It is very welcome therefore that Schmitz Cargobull is investing in Ireland to service the local operators in this growing sector.
“The Irish government has worked hard to ensure that we have the best possible conditions in place to encourage investments like this and I am delighted to see Schmitz Cargobull recognising this through their expansion here,” he said.
The new country office will be run by experienced Schmitz Cargobull Sales Manager Paul Ò Ceallaigh, providing a direct contact point for sourcing advanced smart trailers equipped with the company’s own refrigeration unit and telematics system, leading to lower lifetime operating costs.
“We have worked closely with Irish hauliers for many years, so we are delighted to now launch Schmitz Cargobull Ireland, and provide our customers with direct representation in their own market,” said Billich.
Bolstering the manufacturer’s presence in Ireland are six Service Partners, located in Dublin, Wexford, Cork, Ashbourne, Belfast and Dungannon, providing dedicated parts distribution. While out on the road, operators will also be able to call on the support of Schmitz Cargobull’s wider pan-European network of more than 1,700 Service Partners across 40 countries.
Alan Hunt, Managing Director, Schmitz Cargobull Ireland, said: “The Irish market is a crucial part of our business. By establishing a dedicated presence in Ireland for the very first time, we are making it easy for hauliers to source the latest equipment, reduce their operating costs and help their businesses to grow.”