Wednesday 19th Feb 2020 - Logistics Manager Magazine


Innov@te Logistics has bought all of the shares in Phil Hanley, the temperature-controlled transport, storage and distribution business with locations in Newark, Grantham, Leeds, Ashford in Kent and Westbury in Wiltshire.

This strategic move is a step towards achieving Innov@te’s objective of becoming the UK’s leading temperature-controlled logistics provider servicing the retail, foodservice and manufacturing sectors.

The coldstores in Newark, Grantham, Leeds and Ashford add more than 100,000 pallets of frozen and chilled capacity to Innov@te’s existing operation. The facilities will function alongside its other distribution centres in Birmingham, Chesterfield, Nottingham, Scunthorpe and Worksop.

Also, the addition of Phil Hanley’s modern tractor units and temperature-controlled trailers will increase Innov@te’s fleet size to 150 units, 230 temperature-controlled trailers and ten double-deck trailers, boosting distribution capacity.

Commenting on the acquisition, Innov@te managing director Pete Osborne says: “Phil Hanley is a great company with a loyal client-base. It has a solid reputation within the industry and its employees are known for their professionalism and customer focus, attributes which are also central to Innov@te’s proposition.” Midlands-based Spar distributor AF Blakemore has taken delivery of more specialist multi-temperature command steer city trailers and an additional refrigerated double deck trailer from Gray & Adams. The trailers are being used for AF Blakemore’s inter-depot trunking operations and for making deliveries to Spar outlets across the Midlands. The bespoke 28-tonne forced steer city trailers have an external length of 10,600mm, an interior height of 2,250mm and an interior width of 2,460mm. To give a multi-compartment configuration, the trailers feature moving longitudinal partitions, which are divided into four independent and fully manoeuvrable modules, and transverse bulkheads. Temperature-control is provided by Thermoking Spectrum 50 DAS systems with two remote evaporators.