Monday, October 30, 2017

Vehicle Logistics Specialist Boosts Returns with Extra Staff and Expanded Facilities

Bristol Investment in Modernising Freight Operation Paying Off
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UK – GEFCO UK has grown its staff fourfold at its Portbury site and increased turnover by 100% following the completion of an overhaul project to modernise facilities and enhance the level of technical services provided to customers. The upgrades include expansion to a 40-acre site and the development of a suite of technical services to support increased customer demand. The new facilities have enabled the business to provide a wider range of freight services including increased storage capacity, access to rail services and direct dealer delivery services.

The expanded site is also expected to import an additional annual volume of 20,000 Citroen C3 Picasso vehicles from late 2017, and its growth has already led to it delivering a turnover of £4.5 million in 2014 and £12 million in 2016, with further increases forecast for the current financial year. Richard Graves, Regional General Manager, FVL South West at GEFCO UK said:

“With business at the Portbury facility thriving due to increased imports and the site reaching full capacity, we identified an urgent need to expand to accommodate further growth and diversify its service. With these enhancements, we have quadrupled the size of the team employed here and doubled the site’s turnover in the last two years, and this project means we are well-placed to continue to handle future growth.”

GEFCO Portbury is one of four UK finished vehicle logistics centres dedicated to new and used vehicle storage and value-added services, along with technical facilities for new and used vehicle preparation. Located within the Port of Bristol, its location plays an important part in GEFCO’s role as the central controlling tower for PSA UK vehicle conversions. It was established in 2008 to store imported Peugeot and Citroen LCVs. This year will see the introduction of multi-manufacturer technical services and single car deliveries, which will provide additional project opportunities.