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Schmitz Cargobull announce UK MD appointment

From April 2008 leading trailer manufacturer Schmitz Cargobull (UK) Ltd will have a new managing director.

Tom Macallan, who joined the company in October 2007 as the company's managing director (designate), will take over from Andreas Schmitz, Schmitz Cargobull (UK) Ltd's current managing director.

Andreas Schmitz, who is the great, great grandson of Melchior Schmitz, founder of the Schmitz Cargobull Group, will take on another high profile role within Schmiitz Cargobull AG.

An engineer by profession, Tom Macalllan has a wealth of experience in the manufacturing sector and has held senior positions at several blue chip companies, including Rolls Royce. He has broad managerial expertise as well as financial and commercial acumen and during the past decade his achievements include turning a group of loss making companies into a highly profitable concern with revenues in excess of £300million.

A native of the north east, Tom Macallan is based at Schmitz Cargobull's UK manufacturing plant at Harelaw, just outside Newcastle-upon-Tyne, where curtainsider, temperature controlled and dry freight semi-trailers are produced for the UK and other mainland European markets.

Tom Macallan commented: “Schmitz Cargobull is the dominant player in the European trailer market and I am looking forward to contributing to the company's further success in the UK. ”


Schmitz Cargobull (UK) is a division of the German-owned Schmitz Cargobull Group, the biggest and leading manufacturer and supplier of semi-trailers in Europe. The Group, with 4500 employees and a turnover of 1,308 billion Euros now produces 50,000 plus units a year at manufacturing plants in Germany, Spain, Lithuania and Great Britain. The UK factory is situated at Harelaw, County Durham and employs over 350 workers. Some 3000 plus refrigerated, dry freight and curtain-sided semi-trailers are developed and produced at the UK site every year. A number of additional services complete the company profile: Cargobull Finance for leasing and lease purchasing; Schmitz cargobull Parts & Services GmbH for vehicle servicing and spare parts; Cargobull Service Partners for repairs and maintenance; Cargobull Telematics for trailer telematics and Cargobull Trailer Store for used trailers.

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