Schmitz Cargobull has officially opened its new plant at Wythenshawe in Greater Manchester and taken the opportunity to unveil its latest curtainsider semi-trailer.

More than 200 customers and local dignitaries gathered at the Schmitz Cargobull factory last week to celebrate the official opening of the plant and to see the unveiling of the pillarless curtainsider, known as the  S.CS Freepost.

The new 7,500 sq m production facility in Manchester offers a total capacity of 60 units per week in single-shift operation and a 1,000 square metre spare parts warehouse. 

Andreas Schmitz, Schmitz Cargobull chief executive, said: “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. 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.”

Boris Billich, sales director at Schmitz Cargobull, added: “The new Manchester plant enables us to bring trailers to our customers in the UK and Ireland that fit specific market demands, while offering the most reliable and proven chassis solutions in order to help achieve best total cost of ownership. In addition, transfer costs, CO2 emissions and throughput times are minimised.”

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The Schmitz Cargobull UK team is led by Paul Avery, managing director of operations, and Colin Maher, who has held the position of managing director of sales and services since January 2023. 

Maher said: “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.

“The introduction of the new semi-trailers means we now have our strongest ever product portfolio in the UK.”

Avery added: “Manchester has proven the perfect location for us with its strong industrial heritage.

“We’re already seeing a significant influx in demand, and we only expect that to continue to grow in the years ahead.”