The northwest of England is home to many of the UK’s exporters of chemical products, both within Europe and globally. To strengthen its operation in the Northern region, DACHSER UK have opened a new, purpose-built logistics centre in Rochdale, the company aims to further improve its transport and distribution services to this key sector of British industry.

Dachser’s brand new 5,175 square metre logistics centre in Rochdale, which replaces its existing distribution facility, is now fully operational. The development of the 3.7 hectare (9.2 acre) site represents a EUR 16 million (GBP 14.4 million) investment by the company and demonstrates both commitment to local industry and confidence in the continued growth of exports from the area. Since establishing operations in the northwest in 2010, Dachser’s business there has grown considerably.

Much of this growth derives from providing a professional service to the chemical sector. With Dachser Chem Logistics offering a personalised industry solution for chemical shippers by transporting, storing and distributing packaged chemical products for various industries such as plastics, automotive, textiles, agriculture and construction.

Experienced logisticians develop transport and warehousing solutions that are tailored to clients’ individual needs for all types of chemical products including hazardous goods.

Dachser’s Chem-Logistics solution combines Dachser’s standardised logistics services with specific knowledge of the chemical industry. The Dachser standard includes a fully-integrated European distribution network providing comprehensive, high quality service of freight solutions supported by the latest technology. In addition to its highly successful export services, the core services in the northwest and throughout the United Kingdom also comprise European import, UK pallet distribution, contract logistics, value added services and international air and sea freight forwarding. More than 200 regional dangerous goods safety advisors worldwide combined with a central team at Dachser’s headquarters ensure that the hazardous goods are handled safely throughout the whole logistics network.

“The new Rochdale facility represents a significant investment and is evidence of our optimistic view on the future of both import and export trade with the rest of Europe,” commented Mark Rollinson, Dachser’s MD in the UK. “The development also shows how we have grown in the UK in tandem with our customers. With this extended resource we will be able to satisfy the demands of our customers’ global integrated supply chains as well as service a sustained increase in UK exports through our extensive European distribution network.”

Located on the Kingsway Business Park adjacent to junction 21 on the M62, the Trans-Pennine motorway, the new facility has 49 dock loading doors and additional four level access doors. There will be an internal area of nearly 7,000 square metres, including office space. It was important to DACHSER that the new facility remained within Rochdale, to accommodate the local workforce and the considerable number of chemical manufacturers based in close proximity to the location. The site is also optimally situated from a logistics viewpoint on an important artery of the UK’s ‘Northern Powerhouse’.

Chemical Transport Experts

Readers will be only too aware of the need for expert knowledge in transporting different types of chemicals. Therefore Dachser, through its Chem-Logistics solution offering, is always working with customers to design appropriate recommendations to any logistics situation. It is vital to remain in compliance with regulations for handling of dangerous goods as the legal specifications can be extensive. This ensures not just safety but also sustainably protects the environment. Accomplishing this task requires a well-tuned dangerous goods system for transport and handling, as well as chemical industry expertise.

The Dachser branches throughout Europe handle and transport specialist products daily. Their expertise and experience has enabled them to refine the tracking and tracing process to add additional assurance, as they all belong to the same corporate network, working from the same coordinated IT systems.

This tracking accuracy is vital to any exporter supplying its goods across international borders, but perhaps more critical when complex dangerous chemical products are involved. Delivery scheduling at a receiver’s depot or plant is very precise. Providing great customer experience in this regard is essential in maintaining on-going supplier-customer relations. The company understands the importance of details and delivers effective communication with all stakeholders within the supply chain.

Dachser ensures that the UK chemical exporters using their service can be assured of reliable delivery to all their international customers.