At a time when the media is full of doom and gloom, it’s encouraging to read about a local company who is bucking the trend in the current economic climate.
Following a most successful 2012, when sales revenues were an impressive 16% up on the previous year, Twente Express has invested £500,000 in double-deck mega trailers and low ride tractor units that will be operated on their daily express freight services to and from Holland and Belgium.
Twente’s Managing Director Trevor Paul comments: “These are still difficult times but we have to stay positive, roll our sleeves up and search for new initiatives to combat rising costs in what is still a very competitive market sector”.
He continued: “This latest investment demonstrates our confidence in a further upturn in our export revenues during 2013 – especially from our Midlands based customers in the manufacturing sector”.
Security is always a priority when transporting goods and for this reason solid box trailers have been chosen as opposed to curtain siders and all trailers have been fitted with the latest GPS tracking technology that incorporates computerised rear door locking mechanisms.
Twente’s new mega trailer fleet will also enable them to safely double stack palletised freight and accordingly, more consignments will be carried on each overseas journey – resulting in a more commercial and competitive approach when calculating a new pricing structure for 2013.
In addition, a new “Pallet Tariff” is also proving to be a very competitive alternative to customers who regularly ship quarter, half and full palletised shipments to the Benelux.
Twente’s strength over the last 30 years has undoubtedly been maintaining the in-house control of their overnight trunking system to their Benelux depots – which is vital to the success of both their 24 and 48 hour door to door services.
Sales Director, Rod Hemphill confirmed: “In an effort to reduce our costs over the years we could have opted to use cheaper Eastern European hauliers to move our customers’ consignments across the Channel but that would have compromised our reputation and diluted the strict ‘in-house’ controls that we have in place to monitor the day-to-day operation.
Our reluctance to take that cheaper option is certainly paying dividends – a fact demonstrated by our growing customer base”.