Gloucester’s Downton transport group will expand its fleet
PUBLISHED: 11:10 27 April 2017
The thriving Gloucester transport group has announced plans to expand its fleet by 300 vehicles
Downton has confirmed orders for 100 new DAF trucks, 100 Cartwright curtainsiders and 100 Tiger Trailers curtainsiders.
The business already operates 600 tractor units and 1,800 trailers from its headquarters in Moreton Valence. The additional capacity will support new and existing contracts as the business continues to grow.
Founded in 1955, Downton is a market leading, independent logistics firm. Customers include some of the UK’s largest companies from a range of sectors including print and publishing, food and drink, retail, manufacturing and consumer goods.
The firm has just announced its contract with SAICA Paper, which owns a paper mill at Partington, Manchester, has been extended for another year.
As one of SAICA Paper’s main transport service providers, Downton handles deliveries of baled recycled paper into Partington and delivers finished reels to SAICA Paper’s customers in the UK packaging industry.
Downton also provides shunting services and maintains an on-site management function to liaise with the manufacturer.
In Gloucestershire, Downton employs 850 people with 500 more at distribution hubs strategically located throughout the country.
It has been recognised with a number of awards including Outstanding Business Contribution at the Grow Gloucestershire Showcase Awards.
The new trucks will be delivered this year and have been chosen because of the longstanding relationship with each supplier.
Andy Downton, Managing Director of CM Downton, said: “We’ve always invested in high performance and quality products to support our business and our current fleet predominantly comprises equipment from DAF, Cartwright and Tiger Trailers.
“We have secured significant new business recently and increased operations with a number of existing clients. These new vehicles will provide additional capacity and flexibility.”