Close to 200 customers, dignitaries and members of the press gathered at the Schmitz Cargobull factory in the UK to celebrate the official opening of the plant.
At the production facility in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester, trailers have been specially developed for the UK and Ireland since the summer of 2021—equipped according to market-specific customer requirements. In addition to the dry freight box S.BO PACE and the curtainsider S.CS FIXED ROOF, the "pillarless" curtainsider S.CS FREEPOST now complements the trailer portfolio manufactured in Manchester.
"Schmitz Cargobull stands for reliability and innovation and guarantees consistently high-quality standards worldwide, from vehicle configuration to the handover of the vehicle to the customer,” Andreas Schmitz, CEO at Schmitz Cargobull, said. “The opening of the plant, here on site in Manchester, is therefore an important step. The plant joins our network of highly flexible production facilities, enabling us to respond quickly to local market requirements.”
The new Schmitz Cargobull facility in the UK is the latest of a total of ten production sites in Germany (Altenberge, Vreden, Gotha), Lithuania, Spain, Slovakia, Turkey, Australia and South Africa. The 7,500 m2 production area in Manchester offers a total capacity of 60 units per week in single-shift operation. The 1,000 m2 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,” Maher said. “The introduction of the new semi-trailers means we now have our strongest ever product portfolio in the UK.”