EWL launches Far East logistics hub in Thailand

Salford, UK: Frozen food distributor Edge Worldwide Logistics is expanding with a new base in Thailand and plans to launch sites elsewhere in Asia and in Europe.

Its Bangkok office provides the Salford-based business with a Far East logistics hub and will handle most of its Southeast Asia shipment inquiries.

The firm said it expects the move into Thailand will significantly help to increase its turnover from £23m for the year to June to £35m for 2011/12.

Philip Edge, managing director, Edge Worldwide Logistics says: “Thailand has become one of the world’s largest and most advanced producers and exporters of processed food products and is one of the biggest growing markets in the UK.

“It’s a major producer of chicken, seafood, fruit, rice and pre-packed meals, and we are seeing an increase in demand for this in the UK food sector from clients in retail, food service, wholesaling and manufacturing.

“We have been getting more and more inquiries from our clients for products from south- East Asia, and the natural next step was to operate from a permanent base in Bangkok.

“The move will also enable our UK-based customers to work even more closely with us and have better control over their shipments.

“It will also open Asian trading opportunities for our business.”

Stephen Henry will head the Bangkok office.  He is the former managing director of DSV Air & Sea Thailand and has 12 years’ experience working in Asia in international logistics.

The move into Thailand marks the start of EWL’s international plans to open five sites over the next five years in Asia, Australasia and mainland Europe.

The firm, which was founded by Philip Edge’s father Alan in 1989, has traditionally worked with the manufacturing sector and moved into the food industry five years ago.

Its main delivery services include sea freight as well as air, road and rail.

Edge says: “In only five years we have become one of the UK’s leading food logistics supplier due to our deep-sea shipping knowledge and expertise.”

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