Trailer builder, Schmitz Cargobull, has officially opened a factory in Manchester, UK.
This development is reported to mark a significant milestone achievement for the OEM as it strengthens its presence in the UK market.
A highlight of the opening was the launch of the ‘pillarless’ curtainsider, S.CS FREEPOST.
The 7,500-square-metre production area in Manchester offers a total capacity of 60 units per week in single-shift operation. The 1,000-square-metre spare parts warehouse ensures rapid local supply.
Schmitz Cargobull employs a total of 72 people in the UK. The team is led by Paul Avery, Managing Director Operations, and Colin Maher, who has held the position of Managing Director Sales & Services since January 2023.
“We want to support transport companies in the UK and Ireland in the best possible way with our comprehensive range of reliable and innovative transport solutions. This includes vehicles with market-specific features, the shortest 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,” said Maher.
“The introduction of the new semi-trailers means we now have our strongest ever product portfolio in the UK.”
Avery said: “Manchester has proven the perfect location for us with its strong industrial heritage. We’re already seeing a significant influx in demand, and we only expect that to continue to grow in the years ahead.”
The new Schmitz Cargobull facility in the UK is the latest of a total of 10 production sites in Germany (Altenberge, Vreden, Gotha), Lithuania, Spain, Slovakia, Turkey, Australia and South Africa.
In related news, Maher aims to double the company’s market share in the next five years.
Meanwhile, two Schmitz Cargobull curtainsiders have improved the efficiency of MDF Transport’s operations.