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Trailer manufacturer Schmitz Cargobull has established a new company, Schmitz Cargobull Ireland, in support of the country’s rapidly expanding haulage market, in a move welcomed by Minister of State Damien English TD.
The new company will give operators easier access to the latest trailer technology – vital when, according to the Central Statistics Office, the total tonnage transported by Irish hauliers has increased by more than 10 per cent in the last year.
Operators will also be able to handle all elements of their trailer acquisition, including invoicing and payment, in Ireland.
The company was launched at an official event attended by Schmitz Cargobull Chief Sales Officer Boris Billich.
Minister English says: “The open nature of the Irish economy, with high levels of international trade combined with our geographical peripheral location, means that achieving excellence in freight transport continues to be vital for our competitiveness. It is very welcome therefore that Schmitz Cargobull is investing in Ireland to service the local operators in this growing sector.
“The Irish government has worked hard to ensure that we have the best possible conditions in place to encourage investments like this and I am delighted to see Schmitz Cargobull recognising this through their expansion here.”
The new country office will be run by experienced Schmitz Cargobull Sales Manager Paul Ò Ceallaigh, providing a direct contact point for sourcing advanced smart trailers equipped with the company’s own refrigeration unit and telematics system, leading to lower lifetime operating costs.
Boris Billich, Chief Sales Officer, Schmitz Cargobull, says: “We have worked closely with Irish hauliers for many years, so we are delighted to now launch Schmitz Cargobull Ireland, and provide our customers with direct representation in their own market.”
Bolstering the manufacturer’s presence in Ireland are six Service Partners, located in Dublin, Wexford, Cork, Ashbourne, Belfast and Dungannon, providing dedicated parts distribution. While out on the road, operators will also be able to call on the support of Schmitz Cargobull’s wider pan-European network of more than 1,700 Service Partners across 40 countries.
Alan Hunt, Managing Director, Schmitz Cargobull Ireland, says: “The Irish market is a crucial part of our business. By establishing a dedicated presence in Ireland for the very first time, we are making it easy for hauliers to source the latest equipment, reduce their operating costs and help their businesses to grow.”
Schmitz Cargobull Ireland is a subsidiary company of the German-owned Schmitz Cargobull Group.
With an annual production of some 61,000 trailers and around 6,400 employees, Schmitz Cargobull AG is Europe's leading manufacturer of semi-trailers, trailers and truck bodies for temperature-controlled freight, general cargo and bulk goods. The company achieved sales of more than € 2.2 billion in the 2017/2018 financial year. As a pioneer in the industry, the North German company developed a comprehensive brand strategy early on and consistently established quality standards spanning every level: from research and development, to production and specialist services such as consulting, trailer telematics, financing, spare parts and used vehicles.
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