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Distribution site opens in Lancashire

By: David Howells
16 May 2011

140 jobs look set to be created with the opening of a new logistics centre in Lancashire.

Kimberley Clarke, the consumer products company which owns Andrex, Dry Nites, Huggies, Kleenex, and Little Swimmers, has opened a new distribution centre in the North of England.

The company opened the centre in order to reduce complexity in its network and allow the business to transport goods more in a more direct, economic and environmentally-friendly manner. Furthermore, the new centre look set to create up to 140 jobs; with the company potentially investing in driver training to boost the capabilities of its workforce.

The venture is estimated to have cost £7 million, with the majority of the money spent on a sophisticated automated storage system. The 33,445-square-metre warehouse in Revolution Park can now hold over 6,000 pallets, with each pallet being able to take 960 rolls of Andrex tissue, 7,200 Huggies nappies or 72,000 Kleenex tissues.

Kimberley Clarke is benefiting from a surge in sales, with annual figures increasing and the introduction of new products boosting the brand's market value.

At the opening of the site, Peter Surtees, supply chain director for Kimberley Clarke, told Supply Chain Analysis: "We have a driving ambition to align ourselves with the strategies of our key supermarket customers and in doing so, become an indispensable partner to them."

"This Chorley site is a win-win - from a customer perspective, consumer perspective and sustainability perspective. We are very excited to be in a position to officially open this site for operation."

Speaking to Logistics Manager, Mick Wilson of Kimberley Clark's partners, TDG/Norbert Dentressangle, added: "With our relationship with Kimberley Clarke now in its fourth decade, the opening of this brand new, highly automated site underlines the commitment and investment both companies are making to drive supply chain efficiencies in the UK."

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