Friday 21st Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Kimberly-Clark opens 360,000 sq ft DC at Chorley

Kimberly-Clark has moved into a new 360,000 sq ft distribution centre at Chorley in Lancashire.

Speaking at the opening of the site, Peter Surtees, supply chain director for Kimberly-Clark, said: “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 today.”

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The decision to locate at Revolution Park in Chorley sees the creation of 140 local jobs and is part of Kimberly-Clark’s European distribution network strategy which is focused on reducing complexity in its network so that it can better serve its supermarket customers in the North of England, while also taking trucks off the road and reducing carbon emissions.

Kimberly-Clark has appointed TDG, now part of Norbert Dentressangle, to operate the distribution centre. TDG has worked with Kimberly-Clark for many years.

An investment of more than £7 million has been made in a automated storage system for the 360,000 sq ft warehouse, which is able to hold more than 60,000 pallets of products. Each pallet contains approximately 960 rolls of Andrex toilet tissue, or 7,200 Huggies nappies or 72,000 Kleenex tissues.

Mick Wilson of TDG/Norbert Dentressangle said: “With our relationship with Kimberly-Clark now into 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.”

* Kimberly-Clark took the 360,000 sq ft former Wolseley UK distribution warehouse at Revolution Park in July last year.