Schmitz UK team

Europe's leading trailer maker Schmitz Cargobull is to open a new factory in Manchester to serve the UK and Irish markets.

The new factory joins four Schmitz maunfacturing sites in Germany plus plants in Lithuania, Russia, Spain, Turkey and Australia.

Andreas Schmitz, CEO of Schmitz Cargobull, said: “The UK is a key transport and logistics market and an important semi-trailer and rigid truck market for us. With the new plant we are moving closer to our customers and ensuring that we can address their needs offering the most reliable chassis and a proven local body.”

Production at the 80,000sq ft facility in Wythenshawe is scheduled to start this summer with a capacity of 50 units per week. It will focus on dry freight vehicles including curtainsiders and box vans.

The site will also house a 10,000sq ft spare parts warehouse and later this year it will become the main base for the complete Schmitz Cargobull UK team led by joint MDs Paul Avery (pictured, centre) for operations and Alan Hunt for sales and service.