World-leading logistics provider DB Schenker reveals plans for a new site and a purpose-built development which will more than double the size of its existing facility, with support from MIDAS, Manchester’s Inward Investment Agency.

The new facility shows the organisation’s ongoing commitment to the Greater Manchester area.

With around 76,600 employees at more than 1,850 locations in over 130 countries, the company operates land, air, and ocean transportation services, and it also offers comprehensive logistics and global supply chain management solutions from a single source. To reach its ambitious goal of net carbon zero by 2040, the logistics service provider continuously invests in innovative transport solutions, renewable energies, and carbon-neutral products for its customers.  

The new site on Mosely Road will enable DB Schenker to continue providing essential logistics services to existing and new customers, promoting the city’s growth and development and to cater for its expansion in air, ocean, land and contract logistics across the region.

The 2.3-acre site at Trafford Park will offer almost 50,000 square feet of warehousing and office space. It will have various features and new technology to support DB Schenker’s operations and employee needs, including an X-ray machine for screening air freight and designated zones for consolidating shipments across all transport modes.

In line with DB Schenker’s environmental and sustainability commitments, the new Manchester site will see 50% of its roof area covered by solar panels and at ground level there will be a series of electric charging points to cater to both the company’s electric trucks and staff vehicles.

The facility is designed to enable workflow while also promoting health, morale, and collaboration. Different floors are tailored to DB Schenker’s air, ocean, and land groups. The variety of amenities aims to support productivity, comfort, and work-life balance with the relocation of employees to the new Trafford Park site planned for the autumn.

Once established at its EPC A-rated Trafford Park facility, DB Schenker aims to actively recruit across a variety of roles from sales to warehouse operatives. The move will also mean it can continue to support an apprenticeship program in the UK which has flourished for the last two decades, developing and cultivating local talent.

DB Schenker’s Adrian Jennings, Ocean Director UK & IE says, “Our intention with the opening of our new facility in this important part of the country is to continue to invest in infrastructure and people. Our operational model is constantly evolving and we clearly intend this facility in Manchester to be part of our future. We shall look to strengthen our team further with top quality talent.”

DB Schenker has been actively supported throughout the purchase and build process by MIDAS (the Manchester Inward investment organization) and Trafford Council.

Cllr Liz Patel, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Economy and Regeneration, says, “This is great news for Trafford and supports the Council’s priorities regarding job creation and business growth. Thank you to DB Schenker for selecting Trafford for this exciting expansion project. We look forward to working closely with DB Schenker now and in the future.”

Arthur Smith, Head of Key Account Management at MIDAS, Greater Manchester’s Inward Investment Agency adds, “It’s welcome news that DB Schenker plans to further cement their commitment in Greater Manchester with this investment. The city-region is passionate about encouraging a sustainable future and at the heart of the UK’s largest manufacturing cluster, has ambitious net zero targets with a highly skilled workforce to match. MIDAS has worked closely with the business to support this expansion and look forward to continuing this collaborative approach.”