Schmitz Cargobull UK and Ireland has appointed Colin Maher as its new managing director, taking over from interim MD Sebastian Terhechte.
Maher joins the firm after 27 years with a global manufacturer of industrial weighing and inspection technologies, where he worked in a variety of roles, most recently as director North America, UK & Ireland.
“I’m thrilled to be joining such a progressive and ambitious company,” said Maher. “My goal is to make sure we build on Schmitz Cargobull’s excellent reputation and achieve strong growth in the UK and Ireland markets.”
Maher added that the company aims to double its market share in the next five years.
“We are extending our product portfolio and busy ramping up production. We expect to manufacture in excess of 2,000 units in the next financial year, putting us on track to double our market share in the UK in the next five years,” he said.
Maher said that one of his key priorities as MD will be to boost sales of the S.BO Pace and S.CS Fixed Roof curtainsider semi-trailers, as well as the recently-launched S.CS Freepost.
The trailers have been specially developed to meet the requirements of the UK and Ireland markets and are being built at the company’s new manufacturing plant in Manchester.
“The introduction of the new semi-trailers means we now have our strongest ever product portfolio in the UK,” he said. “The build quality is superb and we’re already seeing a growing demand.
“We are also bringing some new Schmitz Cargobull tippers to the market in the spring, which we think will be very popular.”