Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Logistics Giant Dachser Acquires Another Transport Company

Rochdale Based J A Leach Transport Become Part of the German Group
Shipping News Feature

UK – Dachser have expanded their service network with the acquisition of Rochdale based J.A.Leach Transport, a North West-based regional and national distribution specialist. The increase in available freight facilities, located in a key industrial area of the UK and well situated to serve the North of England, represent a significant expansion to Dachser’s presence in the UK market, adding to the existing branch offices in Northampton and Dartford.

Nick Lowe, Dachser’s UK Managing Director said:

“Dachser and Leach are an ideal fit, both share the same traditional values of personalised, high-quality service levels; both are family-owned enterprises. In addition Dachser will be able to bring new levels of investment in IT and infrastructure to the current Leach resources.

“This investment will strengthen our market position in the UK and create operational synergies with Dachser’s established international network. Customers will benefit from the combination of a regional presence and our integrated pan-European pallet and full-load services as well as Dachser’s global network.”

The acquisition was made amid rumours of competition to acquire the Leach assets but John Leach commented:

“I am delighted that my business, which was started by my Grandfather in 1910, will be passing into a very safe pair of hands with Dachser. I am sure that this development will present great opportunities for all our staff and customers.”

Leach currently operates a fleet of 40 vehicles and has over 7,300 square metres of warehouse space. As the new branch of Dachser, the Rochdale base, perfectly located close to the M62 corridor and within easy reach of Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and Hull, will enable the pan-European service provider to meet the growing demand of its customers for their distribution and logistics solutions in the north of England.

The new owners employ 17,500 staff world wide, 240 in the UK and Leach employees will no doubt benefit from Dachser training and staff development programmes which Nick Lowe considers an essential part of a modern logistics forwarders armoury.