Rhenus Logistics UK has made a significant investment in its North West UK operations with the opening of its new headquarters and warehouse at Peel’s Port Salford complex.
The complex near Irlam, Manchester will be home to Rhenus’ existing business, and to Staples International, which was acquired by Rhenus in November 2016.
The site will strengthen Rhenus’ freight and contract logistics services in the North West, while also enhancing its network to include Mediterranean and North African destinations as part of its road, air and ocean coverage.
This is Rhenus UK’s second development on the Port Salford site, providing more than 40,000 square feet of logistics and warehousing space, 10,000 square feet of offices and parking for 30 trailers.
Rhenus UK managing director, David Williams says: “Over the past 12 months, we have made several business acquisitions and have significantly increased our volumes. While our previous headquarters at Trafford Park has served us well for over 20 years, it was time to invest in a new site to take us forward again.”
“The Port Salford complex is an exciting development and the perfect home for Rhenus UK in the North West. Its strategic location and tri-modal port facilities mean our customers benefit from some of the most efficient routes in and out of the UK.”
Once complete, the £138 million ($182 million) project will become the UK’s first tri-modal inland port facility and distribution park, based on the Barton Strategic Site adjacent to the Manchester Ship Canal.
The move coincides with the integration of Rhenus’ core road freight business with Staples International, which it acquired in November 2016, creating a multimodal facility capable of providing shippers with comprehensive logistics solutions by road, air and ocean.
It says this presents opportunities for companies with shipping needs to North African and Mediterranean destinations.