Schmitz Cargobull to build trailers in Manchester

Colin Barnett
June 2, 2021

German semi-trailer manufacturer Schmitz Cargobull is about to open a new factory at Wythenshawe, Manchester. The 7,500 sq m facility will have the capacity to build 50 trailers a week for the UK and Ireland, and will include a 1,000 sq m parts depot and a new UK head office.

It will complement the European market leader’s four factories in Germany, and another five overseas, spread from Lithuania to Australia. Together they produce 46,000 trailers annually.

CEO Andreas Schmitz 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.”

Sales director Boris Billich added “We want to support transport companies in the UK and Ireland in a best possible way with our comprehensive range of reliable and innovative transport solutions. This includes vehicles with market-specific features, shortest possible 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.”

About the Author

Colin Barnett

Colin Barnett has been involved in the road transport industry since becoming an apprentice truck mechanic in the early seventies. The end of 2022 will see him complete 25 years with Commercial Motor, with a secondment as editor of sister title Truck & Driver along the way. Today, as technical editor, he is witnessing at first hand the greatest changes in heavy goods vehicles since they replaced horses.

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