DP World signs three-year agreement with a leading UK road transport operator for a distribution hub at London Gateway
DP WORLD in the UK today announced that it has signed an agreement with leading road transport operator Swain Group for a 2.25 acre distribution facility at its London Gateway freight and logistics hub.
Under the three-year agreement, Swain Group will use the berth site for temporary storage of imported building materials such as stone and “next-generation” off-site fabrication to construct buildings faster, more efficiently. safer and better quality before distribution to the end customer. by truck. The location, 200 meters from London Gateway Berth 7, will provide significant savings in both time and money.
Together with the Port of Tilbury and Ford’s Dagenham plant, London Gateway will form Thames Freeport after being granted freeport status by the government earlier this year, further strengthening its critical role in the UK’s international supply chain. .
Ernst Schulze, Managing Director of DP World UK, said: “I am delighted that Swain Group has chosen to strengthen its long-standing relationship with London Gateway. At DP World, we anticipate and create smarter business solutions and this lease is an outstanding example of the benefits of port-centric logistics.
“We aim to be a partner in the business success of our customers, providing fast, reliable and flexible links to supply chains and international markets. London Gateway has nearly 10 million square feet of land with building permit at the port and adjacent logistics park and I urge companies looking to expand to contact us to find out more about the benefits they could reap. of their belonging to a free port.
Matthew Deer, Managing Director of The Swain Group, said: “We process more than 100,000 tonnes of construction material per year on ships arriving at London Gateway and we expect this figure to continue to increase as the construction in London and the South East resumes after the pandemic. “
“Upon arrival at the dock, DP World will direct the inbound containers to our facility, where our team will unpack the stone product, store it temporarily if needed, and then assemble outbound orders for transport via our own fleet to destinations across Britain such as garden centers and building dealers. This supply chain integration will generate cost and time savings for both us and our customers. “
Founded in 1918, Swain Group is a fifth generation family business that has grown to be one of Britain’s largest family-owned road haulage operators. It played a key supporting role in the development of London Gateway, with its heavy haulage division supplying machinery for the construction of the port ten years ago.