Paneltex expands on back of home delivery boom26 January 2021
Commercial vehicle bodybuilder Paneltex has recently acquired a new 62,000ft2 warehouse at its Kingston International Business Park site.
The warehouse, intended to streamline Paneltex’s materials control systems and vehicle PDIs, also boasts additional COVID-compliant office space and a newly-refurbished drivers’ reception. The warehouse is part of the Paneltex expansion plan to produce more home delivery vehicles for the grocery sector.
Commercial manager Andy Lacy states that the warehouse will bring new jobs to the Hull area. “The additional raw materials warehousing facility forms part of our plan to meet the challenge of rapid company growth combined with supply chain changes between the UK and the EU. We’ve already taken some people on, but as we improve our materials control, we’ll be looking for even more.”
Paneltex, as Britain’s leading producer of controlled-temperature home delivery vehicles for food and pharmaceuticals, has experienced significant expansion throughout the Coronavirus crisis. “This opportunity to expand into our new warehouse unit is not only part of our ongoing commitment to improve our processes, but also allows us to buffer further our raw materials stocks”, says managing director Chris Berridge. “Everyone is aware of the growth of food home delivery over the past year and of course food retailers need many more specialised vehicles to make this happen. We’re all proud at Paneltex to have achieved such a big expansion in production capability despite difficult economic conditions.”
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