Kinaxia Logistics will move into a flagship warehouse facility at the Prologis-owned Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT) later this summer.

Kinaxia, which with the rescue of BC Bollington from administration late last year took its collection of regional hauliers to nine since it was formed to purchase Bay Freight in 2012, will have capacity for 24,000 pallets at the 116,000ft² facility. 

The Northamptonshire facility, near Rugby, will also feature a Red Prairie Warehouse Management System that will fully integrate into customers’ in-house systems, if required.

Alongside the warehousing, dedicated transport services will also be available to customers through Panic Transport (Contracts) or any of the haulage companies within the Kinaxia Group.

The building itself is designed to reduce utility costs through a combination of 15% roof lights and a rooftop solar installation, paired with three 15kWH Tesla Powerwall battery storage units.

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Prologis said the system will enable Kinaxia to generate free energy by storing excess solar energy and using it to offset high energy costs during peak charging periods.

Graham Norfolk, co-founder of Kinaxia with Peter Fields, said: “The acquisition of this new logistics facility is a significant investment for the Kinaxia Group and part of a long-term plan to build a flexible and efficient, service-focused haulage and warehousing group covering the UK.

“We are a business with growth in mind and Prologis was able to offer us the combination of the best building, in the best location for our customers and network with features which support a sustainable and cost-effective operation.”

Panic Transport

It came as Kinaxia-owned Panic Transport completed its switch from Palletline back to Pall-Ex, where it will cover the Coventry area.

Kevin Buchanan, group MD at Pall-Ex, said: “It is a pleasure to welcome Panic Transport back to the network and have such a renowned Midlands name working in partnership with Pall-Ex.”

Kevin Johnson, MD at Panic Transport, said: “We are excited to be joining Pall-Ex at a time when the company is continuing to grow while pushing to improve quality across the industry as a whole.

“We are keen to return to our roots, having been a founding member of the Pall-Ex network, as we have seen its service levels go from strength to strength.”

Panic Transport was replaced by Reason Transport at Palletline, operating from the network's newly opened Coventry hub.