Schmitz Cargobull says it is opening a new factory in Manchester to build customised vehicles for UK and Irish operators.
Production at the 7,500 square metre facility in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester, is scheduled to start this summer with a capacity of 50 units per week including freepost curtainsiders and box van semi-trailers.
It says the site will also contain a 1,000 square metre spare parts warehouse for local supply and by the end of 2021 will become the main base for the complete Schmitz Cargobull UK team.
The new operation joins an extensive Schmitz Cargobull production network including German facilities in Vreden, Altenberge, Gotha and Toddin, as well as bases in Lithuania, Russia, Spain, Turkey and Australia.
Schmitz Cargobull says it currently produces around 46,000 trailers on an annual basis. Its aftercare sales support is based on an authorised network of 1,700 workshops located across Ireland, the UK and in Europe.
Andreas Schmitz, Schmitz Cargobull CEO, says: “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.”