Europe’s leading manufacturer of semi-trailers, Schmitz Cargobull, has unveiled plans for a new factory in the UK.
The factory will be in Manchester where the firm will build customised vehicles for its UK and Irish customers.
The new 7,500 square metre facility will be created in Wythenshawe and will be capable of building 50 units per week, starting this summer.
The family-owned firm says the output will include box van semi-trailers and freepost curtainsiders.
Spare parts warehouse
The site will also have a 1,000 square metre spare parts warehouse by the end of the year for UK supply.
The venue will also be the home of the Schmitz Cargobull UK management team.
They will also be in situ by the end of the year with sales and service activities led by Alan Hunt, while Paul Avery will head-up operations.
Important rigid truck and semi-trailer market
The firm’s chief executive, Andreas Schmitz, said: “The UK is a key logistics and transport market and an important rigid truck and semi-trailer market for us.
“With the new plant, we are moving closer to customers and ensuring we can address their needs and offer the most reliable chassis and a proven local body.”
The director of sales, Boris Billich, said: “We want to support transport companies in the UK and Ireland in the best way with our comprehensive range of innovative and reliable transport solutions.
“This includes market-specific features, an extensive 24/7 spare parts supply offering and the shortest possible delivery times.”
Host to their full range of services
He added that the new facility will be host to their full range of services from used vehicle sales, telematics and financing.
The Manchester factory will complement the firm’s four factories in Germany, plus another five that stretch from Lithuania, Spain, Russia, Turkey and Australia.
Schmitz Cargobull is currently producing 46,000 trailers every year.
The firm employs 5,700 people and is the leading manufacturer of truck bodies, trailers and semi-trailers in Europe for general cargo, temperature-controlled freight and bulk goods.
Network of flexible and productive plants
And with a network of flexible and productive plants, Schmitz Cargobull says it is able to respond quickly to local market needs.
The business currently has an authorised network of 1,700 workshops in Europe, including those in the UK and Ireland.
Schmitz Cargobull has established a reputation for high quality and innovation, as well as reliability, around the world from its vehicle configuration to the handover to their customers.