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Panalpina returns to Didcot

By: David Howells
16 February 2012

Supply chain logistics firm Panalpina is set to return to a base in Didcot it originally took up in the 1980s, reports.

By signing the new contract to lease a 102,000 square foot depot in Milton Park, Didcot, Panalpina returned to the site after leaving it in the eighties.

The move signals growth in the UK, which is expected to create driving jobs within the company over the coming months. Panalpina already operates in over 80 countries worldwide and employs 15,000 people at its 500 branches.

In choosing to return to the Didcot site, Panalpina claimed that it was not just the perfect size to fit its needs but also provided the firm with a base situated close to the centre of the UK - a feature which has driven many other logistics firms to the site as well.

The site - which is close to both the M4 and M40 - also benefits from fast rail links from Didcot Parkway into the centre of Bristol, Reading, London and Oxford.

Speaking to about the desirable location, the area head of logistics at Panalpina, Robert Muir, enthused: "Milton Park is the perfect location for Panalpina's centralised approach to logistics development within the UK, with close travel links to London and the rest of the South of England. It meets all of our requirements for sustainable business growth.

"Milton Park has been very flexible in providing much larger premises than we originally wanted and on commercial terms which will fully support our plans for adding value to our customers' supply chain."

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