1 November, 2005 – Kuehne + Nagel
Kuehne + Nagel is one of the world's leading providers of integrated logistics services, boasting 115 years experience and 620 offices worldwide.
Selecting the right locations for the firm’s service and distribution centres has played a crucial part in its successful development. Factors such as proximity to a skilled workforce, potential customers and to excellent transport links are essential. It was these very considerations that led Kuehne + Nagel to locate in Greater Manchester.
Gary Black, Regional Director for Kuehne + Nagel Northern Region, feels that the region certainly has a lot to offer. Here he explains what enticed Kuehne + Nagel to locate in the area and why he feels that Greater Manchester will continue to grow as a UK logistics centre.
"When Kuehne + Nagel first moved to Manchester in 1970, the decision was largely based on the tremendous business opportunities offered by the city’s international airport, together with its large industrial and consumer markets.
"But the city offers much more besides, a fact which has seen our operations in Greater Manchester flourish."
In addition to the airport, excellent road links make Manchester an ideal, cost effective, transportation base both for UK access and overseas shipping. Combined with the large skilled workforce – around 6% of Manchester’s labour force is employed in the supply chain industry – it is clear to see why companies like Kuehne + Nagel have benefited so much from their North West location.
Gary continues: "We work closely with customers to find the optimum solutions in terms of cost effectiveness, service levels and feasibility. For this reason, it is crucial that our facilities are located in areas with high quality workforce and excellent transport links, both nationally and internationally. Manchester fits the bill perfectly."
Since establishing in Manchester, Kuehne + Nagel has gone from strength to strength, and has acquired a number of European businesses. Gary Black believes this is a sign of more good things to come and that Manchester will remain a strategic location for future investment.
Source: Kuehne + Nagel