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Dachser is to invest £23m in a major integrated logistics centre close to its existing operation in Northampton.

Exhibiting at Multimodal 2013, which opened today (23 April) at the NEC, the company said the investment was in response to the rapid increase in demand for Dachser’s pan-European trailer services.

“Export growth was 15% last year, closing the gap on our imports which are growing slightly more slowly,” said UK MD Nick Lowe. “That’s giving us an ideal balance between our inbound and outbound traffic, and I’m pleased to say we have maintained our rate of growth in the first quarter of 2013.”

Dachser has purchased a seven hectare freehold site in Northampton on which it plans to build a 6,000m² cross-dock facility and 11,000m² of contract logistics warehousing.

Lowe said Dachser, which currently employs 140 staff at Northampton, would recruit 40 to 50 new personnel in the first phase.

The company’s plans include provision for a further 2,400m² of cross-docking and 10,500m² of additional warehousing, which Lowe hoped could be developed in five to six years if volumes continued to increase.

Dachser’s Dartford and Rochdale operations are also handling more traffic. The company runs daily European line-hauls from all three locations and has pledged to open more offices.