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Northampton-based Crisis Logistics is set for further growth after acquiring Pallet-Track member Action Express for an undisclosed sum.

The acquisition will see Action Express retain its Brackmills Industrial Estate depot, with Crisis Logistics planning to invest in the site and its facilities as pallet and parcel volumes increase.

Crisis Logistics has already purchased 10 new vehicles for Action Express, including seven articulated lorries and three 18-tonne trucks, and plans to create new jobs as it grows the company.

Action Express founder and former APC Overnight chief executive, Syed Ziaullah, who established the company in 1982 with just a bike and a van, will join the board of directors at Crisis Logistics.

Founded in 1998, Crisis Logistics offers national and international road haulage as well as warehousing, fulfilment, whilst Action Express, which is also a member of the APC Overnight parcel delivery network, specialises in nationwide parcel and palletised deliveries.

Charles Grant-Salmon, chairman at Crisis Logistics, said: “As part of our growth strategy we are expanding our business and developing Crisis Logistics into the market leader and one-stop shop for all logistics services in Northamptonshire.

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“The acquisition will benefit customers of both companies by enabling us to provide a full range of logistics services across pallets, parcels and general haulage, in addition to specialist services like temperature-controlled delivery and secure distribution.  

“We are delighted that Syed will join our board for the next five years to allow us to benefit from his wealth of knowledge and enable a smooth integration into Action Express’ new era.”

Edward Grant-Salmon, managing director at Crisis Logistics, added: “We want to provide flexible solutions for our customers as they expand and diversify their own operations, and the acquisition of Action Express will allow us to do that.

“The business is a perfect fit with our own operation, as we’re both well-established firms with a loyal long-term customer base, and we remain committed to providing the best experience for all of our customers.

“In recent years, we have invested heavily in building a customer relationship management system to improve efficiency and speed up processes, which has ensured we are in a strong position to grow while also maintaining the quality of service that is so important to our customers.”

Caroline Green, chief executive at Pallet-Track, welcomed the acquisition. She said: “We are delighted to be working with Crisis Logistics and would like to extend a warm Pallet-Track welcome to Charles, Edward and the whole team.

“Action Express is a well-respected and long-term member of our network and we have every confidence that the new team will steer the business to great success in its new era.”