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Schmitz Cargobull starts trailer production in the UK

Posted on 10 Jun 2021 and read 374 times
Schmitz Cargobull starts trailer production in the UKGermany-based Schmitz Cargobull, Europe’s leading manufacturer of semi-trailers, is opening a new factory in Greater Manchester to build customised vehicles for UK and Irish operators.

Andreas Schmitz, Schmitz Cargobull’s CEO, said: “The UK 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 by offering the most reliable chassis and a proven local body.”

Production at the 7,500m2 facility in Wythenshawe 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 1,000m2 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. Joint managing directors of Schmitz Cargobull UK are Paul Avery for operations and Alan Hunt for the sales and service activities.

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, Schmitz Cargobull director of sales, said: “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.

The family owned business 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 Europe.