Keswick’s management have been involved in Romania for over 14 years and, since 2005, have been shareholders in Delamode and the DHL/Delamode joint venture. Prior to this several of Keswick’s senior managers, when part of Tibbett & Britten, led the original Delamode entry into contract logistics in Romania that established the joint venture on behalf of Metro Group.
Tibbett Logistics operates from nine distribution centres across Romania – providing over 100,000 square metres of warehousing in Bucharest, Constanta, Deva and Timisoara. It offers a nationwide, broad range of supply chain related services to a variety of customers – including domestic and multinational retailers, plus FMCG, automotive and other manufacturers.
The company is a pioneer of new supply chain practices and technologies in Romania – such as RF technology interfaced with customers’ ERP systems (including SAP). It was the first logistics service provider in the country to implement voice-picking technology in retail warehousing operations.
Distribution operations include a nationwide domestic transport network, which last year transported over 60,000 vehicle loads in ambient, chill and refrigerated environments. Tibbett Logistics deploys 400 road trailers – including double- and triple-temperature reefers.
Since its creation in 2008, Tibbett Logistics’ intermodal (road-rail) service has been leading the way in green logistics and sustainable supply chain solutions in Romania. The company provides domestic and transnational intermodal services covering: containers from the Far East landing in the port of Constanta; containers, semi-trailers and swap-bodies travelling between Romania and other EU countries; and the movement of domestic freight between wider Bucharest and western Romania.
Tibbett Logistics is the only private operator of a rail container terminal in Bucharest, and this summer will open a second, brand new intermodal terminal in the west of the city. This will form part of a Tibbett Logistics’ CEE intermodal network, with terminals across Romania and, in partnership, extending into Austria, Bulgaria, Slovenia and elsewhere – delivering substantial cost savings for clients and up to 50% reductions in CO2 emissions.
Keswick Enterprises was created in 2004 by John Harvey CBE – who previously developed and led the major intercontinental logistics service provider Tibbett & Britten Group plc for 20 years. Together with their former colleagues, the current Board members of Keswick were responsible for growing Tibbett & Britten Group’s revenues from £30 million to £2,300 million just two decades later. Keswick is now bringing this international know-how and experience to bear on Tibbett Logistics to accelerate its growth in Romania.
John Harvey, Chairman of Keswick Enterprises Ltd, said: “I am delighted that we have finally been able to bring Tibbett Logistics and Tibbett Retail Services fully into the Keswick group of companies. Our innovative and dynamic young Romanian team are drawing on Keswick’s global experience in the logistics sector. I am confident that together we will accelerate development and continue to build the business – which has already sustained continuous growth since 2005.”
For further information please see the new Tibbett Logistics website at www.tibbettlogistics.com and the Keswick Enterprises website at www.keswickenterprises.com.
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Keswick Enterprises is a United Kingdom-based group of companies specialising in logistics and supply chain-related services across Europe, the Middle East and beyond.