On May 30th, Dachser Ltd in the UK opened its new integrated logistics centre in Northampton. The new facility occupies a 7.4 hectare site and represents an investment of EUR 26 million by the company.
Customers, suppliers and representatives from local business, industry and government were present at the opening ceremony. “Our new logistics centre is a great example of how Dachser has grown in the UK in tandem with its customers,” stated Bernhard Simon, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Dachser, at the opening. “With this new logistics centre, we will satisfy the demands for global integrated supply chains. We are continuing our growth. Over the long term, we can enlarge the new transit terminal when we identify new potential.”
Located on the Brackmills industrial estate to the south of Northampton, the new facility houses the logistics centre for the Northampton branch as well as the UK Head Office. It comprises a 5,948 sq m transit terminal, a 10,560 sq m contract logistics warehouse which can accommodate up to 20,000 racked pallet positions, and a 1,954 sq m two-storey office building. The solid growth of Dachser’s UK country organisation, and in Northampton especially the flourishing European export business as well as contract logistics and value-added-services, made the new investment an essential strategic step for the organisation.
Environmental factors played an important part in the design of the premises, which conform to the BREEAM ‘Very Good’ standard. BREEAM is the world’s leading design and assessment method for sustainable buildings.
“The Northampton Logistics Centre is connected to the global Dachser network with daily direct freight services,” explains Nick Lowe, Managing Director, Dachser UK. “With this new construction, the Northampton location is evolving into an important hub within Dachser’s European network,” Lowe continued.
Dachser UK has been established in Northampton since 1975, and also has branches in Dartford (2005) and Rochdale ( 2010). Ensuring that the new facility remained within Northampton was an important consideration in order to look after the interests of the company’s workforce, and the location is anyway optimally situated from a logistics viewpoint in the heart of England, with excellent connections to the national trunk road and motorway network. Dachser UK currently employs a total of 302 people, 157 of whom are based in Northampton where the company expects to create another 40 jobs over the next five years.