Schmitz Cargobull has bolstered its sales team with three appointments ahead of production commencing at its new Manchester factory.

Stephen Mallett (pictured) has been promoted to head of sales and will focus on business development. He is joined by new sales managers Lee Roberton, who will look after customers in the south east of England, and Kevin Wynd, who will focus on Scotland, Northern Ireland and north east England.

The 59,200 sq ft facility on the Southmoor Industrial Estate, Wythenshawe, will start producing custom-built vehicles for customers in the UK and Ireland later this summer.

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Initial production will focus on dry freight trailers for the home delivery market and will include 4.2m and 4.6m freepost curtainsiders and a new lightweight fuel-saving box van.

Mallett said: “This is a really exciting time for Schmitz Cargobull and I’m proud to be leading such a talented and experienced sales team.

“Our new production facility in Manchester gives us the potential to provide even more operators in the UK and Ireland with exactly what they need, when they need it.”