2018 was a progressive year for Dachser UK with the appointment of a new UK Managing Director, Mark Rollinson, combined with the expansion of its operations and the opening of a second logistics centre in Northampton. This confidence was based on a strong financial performance with UK sales turnover increasing by 9% to £84.1m. This is the result of increased export business and healthy growth in contract logistics services, the latter seeing a number of new customer contracts secured.
Investment for the future remains the theme this year as construction of a new 5,175 square metre logistics centre in Rochdale remains on track to open in September. The development of the 3.7 hectare (9.2 acre) site represents a EUR 16 million (GBP 14.4 million) investment by the company.
Commenting on the company’s progression during 2018 and recent months, MD Mark Rollinson said, “Our significant investment is proof of Dachser’s commitment to the UK market and our optimistic view on the future import and export trade with the rest of Europe, which is evidenced by our strong growth figures last year. We will continue to leverage our pan-European road freight services and given the continued uncertainties surrounding Brexit, we will remain agile and responsive to our customers’ needs in light of possible changes to their European supply chains.”
The new Rochdale Logistics Centre will be connected to Dachser’s comprehensive branch network through daily direct freight services, providing extensive domestic and European distribution and warehousing services. In addition, Dachser’s established ‘Interlocking’ programme ensures further development of air freight, sea freight and international supply chain management services.
Bolstering the expansion of Dachser’s operations in the North of the country is the appointment of a new Sales Manager for the region, Marion Simpson. Since joining Dachser in a business development role in 2013, Marion has contributed significantly to the success and growth of the Rochdale branch. Marion will also continue in her role as a Chem-Logistics specialist, Dachser’s network-wide corporate solution servicing the chemical industry.
Explaining the potential of her new role in facilitating customer access to these services, Marion Simpson commented, “With a new facility on the horizon and an exceptionally dedicated and enthusiastic team, I am very excited about the future of Dachser in the UK. Dachser’s global supply chain management and strong reputation for professionalism, reliability and high quality service will support importers and exporters in the region to maintain their economic growth.”