FSDF member & temperature controlled distribution specialist Fowler Welch has just completed a £2m upgrade of its largest site, in Spalding, Lincolnshire, after a year which saw turnover rise 13% to £163m in the 12 months to March 2017. CEO Nick Hay says much of the money was spent upgrading the cold store and staff facilities rather than expanding the site. “Spalding is an old site, so we’ve just taken the oldest part and stripped it out completely,”  SOURCE: https://motortransport.co.uk/blog/2018/10/15/fowler-welch-upgrades-spalding-as-organic-growth-in-chilled-food-continues/

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The latest product to be launched by FSDF member & high-speed door specialist EFAFLEX is the EFA-SRT MTL, designed specifically with the materials, transport and logistics applications in mind The EFA-SRT MTL was on show at the recent PPMA Exhibition in Birmingham where buyers from the packaging, processing and logistics supply chain sectors had the opportunity to see the door in action. Darren Turrell, Managing Director of EFAFLEX UK explained, “We have been design pioneers in high-speed door innovation for […]

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Visitors to Logimat 2019 will be able to review the extensive range of Flexi articulated forklift truck-based intralogistics solutions designed and manufactured by FSDF member Narrow Aisle Ltd. Models in the Flexi range can operate in aisleways as narrow 1.6 metres and are designed to improve storage, handling and customer order assembly efficiency in manufacturing and logistics environments. Among the models on display at Logimat will be a recently upgraded version of the Flexi LITE. The Flexi LITE is designed for applications where […]

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FSDF member GNB Industrial Power has appointed Tom Naylor as its business development manager. Naylor, an intralogistics expert, will be conducting free, no-obligation energy consultations across the UK for the motive power giant. The consultations help companies maximise the operating efficiency of their warehouse, save up to 70% on their energy bills, and substantially reduce total cost of ownership. As part of his consultations, Naylor will explore a full range of cost-saving options. These include the increasing attractiveness of lithium […]

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A complete facelift to a 1960’s Croydon concrete car park involving FSDF member EFAFLEX’s high-speed doors recently resulted in two prestigious awards. The judges for the British Parking Award stated ‘The Ruskin Square project is an example of how a car park can be reinvented rather than just refurbished;’ a compliment indeed to architects Potter Church & Holmes Architects who along with lead contractor Lendlease completed the £4.2m overhaul on behalf of client Croydon Gateway Partnership. Darren Turrell, Managing Director […]

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FSDF member Samworth Brothers Supply Chain has donated a training vehicle to international development organisation Transaid, which will help meet the growing demand for qualified HGV drivers in Uganda. This is the first pledge of support from Samworth Brothers Supply Chain to Transaid and the MAN TGX truck has been shipped more than 6,000 miles to become a dedicated training vehicle for the Professional Driver Training – Uganda (PDT-U) project. The PDT-U training school has opened its doors to the […]

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A WHITCHURCH lorry driver is being celebrated after he reached an astonishing 45 years of driving for FSDF member Grocontinental. Brian Evans, 65, became the company’s longest-ever serving member of staff, clocking up 4.5 million miles on the road for Grocontinental, which is based on Whitchurch Industrial Estate. Brian, from Whitchurch but now lives in Shavington near Crewe, began driving in 1973 at the age of 20 and has witnessed unprecedented changes in the transport industry during his long career. […]

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FSDF member Port of Tilbury continues call for direct road connection onto Lower Thames Crossing. As the 10-week statutory consultation for the Lower Thames Crossing (LTC) development consent order begins (10th October 2018), Charles Hammond, Chief Executive of the Forth Ports Group (owner of the Port of Tilbury), said: “As the fastest growing UK port, it is crucial that this project enhances Tilbury’s northbound and southbound connectivity. “We remain committed to achieving a direct road connection off the proposed LTC Tilbury […]

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FSDF member Wincanton, the largest British logistics company, has appointed James Hurrell as Director for grocery. With customers including ASDA, The Cooperative Group, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose, Wincanton’s grocery team helps retailers meet growing consumer expectations through the provision of transport, warehousing and specialist consultancy services.    With over 10 years in senior development roles in the logistics market, James brings a wealth of experience working with online and high street retailers, with expertise across their supply chain. James said of […]

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In the day to day pressures of running a successful business, it is easy to overlook that one of the core jobs of FSDF members is to keep people safe. It’s a day-in-day out challenge and one that I am proud to say the FSDF has a long track record of providing practical support and advice on. To continue to read Shane’s latest blog CLICK HERE

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