bag to bulk materials handling

News: Abbey launches bag to bulk materials handling service

As one of the UK’s largest powder road tanker companies, Abbey works very closely with customers to understand their requirements and build solutions designed to improve the efficiency of their supply chains.   Earlier this year we were asked to design and build a reformatting facility to transfer bulk one tonne bags of plastic granules into bulk tankers. Through this new facility, we would eliminate a stage in our customer’s supply chain, reduce mileage and reliance on a third party.   Abbey Logistics operations manager John Abbott began the process of identifying the requirements and designing a procedure with... Read More

bulk flour tanker

News: Hovis awards Abbey Logistics bulk flour distribution contract

Baking company Hovis, has awarded Abbey Logistics a UK contract to provide bulk flour distribution to its bakeries in the Midlands and the South.   Hovis, one of the country’s most recognised brands, selected Abbey Logistics following a competitive tender process, where Abbey demonstrated the added value it could provide through its flexible and responsive distribution model, ability to invest in new equipment and its focus on data-driven continuous improvement.   Abbey Logistics, the UK’s largest bulk food powder tanker company, is set to invest significantly in new equipment to bolster Hovis’ existing fleet and... Read More

Logistics career

News: Intern successfully completes placement at Abbey

Congratulations to Daniel Richardson who recently completed a two-week internship with Abbey Logistics over the summer holidays. Daniel, from West Derby School in Liverpool, worked in a number of different departments to get a complete overview of what life is really like at a large, modern and busy logistics company. Thrown in at the deep end, Daniel started with our planning and operations teams at Great Howard Street Liverpool where he worked alongside our experienced planners to get a feel for how we manage the hundreds of daily deliveries we make in the UK and Europe, the technology involved that lets us know where each vehicle is at... Read More

42 under 42

News: Steve Granite joins Insider North West’s prestigious 42 under 42

Steve Granite, Abbey Logistics CEO has been invited to join Insider North West’s prestigious 42 under 42 list, which is an annual list that celebrates the strength of the region’s young business owners and business leaders. Insider launched the initiative 25 years ago to celebrate the region’s best young entrepreneurs. The average age on the magazine’s Power List at the time was 52, so the 42 under 42 were the people handpicked as the ones to watch as the business leaders of the next decade. Since then this exclusive club has developed into a network of the region’s leading figures in business that are helping drive... Read More

Animal Feed transport

News: Abbey Logistics launches dedicated animal feed tanker division

Abbey Logistics has launched a new dedicated animal feed tanker transport division, focused on providing nationwide bulk transport and logistics for liquid animal feed.   Abbey is no stranger to the animal feed sector and has provided road tanker transport for some of Europe’s leading manufacturers for more than 20 years. This latest move has enabled the company to dedicate vehicles and tankers to the animal feed sector and crucially puts in place a dedicated support team consisting of planning and commercial functions that will concentrate solely on customers in this sector.   As one of the UK’s leading bulk liquid... Read More

gas powered truck

News: Abbey Logistics is first tanker company to trial long-haul gas powered truck

Abbey Logistics has begun trials of Volvo’s new gas powered FM tractor, the first 6x2 heavy regional and long-haul LNG tractor to be powered by gas in the UK.   Abbey is no stranger to gas power, having already trialed both compressed natural gas CNG and liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuels on 4x2 axle tractors in back to back tests with their diesel equivalents last year. The tests produced some very positive results with reduced fuel costs and C02 emissions, as well as encouraging driver feedback about the vehicles’ drivability and comfort. However, for Abbey to realise the full benefits of gas power, the tractors needed to be... Read More

bulk tanker operator

News: Goodyear Tyres wins partnership with bulk tanker operator Abbey Logistics

Goodyear Tyres has been appointed by bulk tanker operator Abbey Logistics Group, one of the UK’s leading bulk tanker logistics providers, to supply tyres for over 330 of its trucks and 500 tanker trailers. Following a competitive tender process and assessment by its fleet engineers, Abbey Logistics has chosen tyres from Goodyear’s KMAX and TreadMax ranges that can provide up to 30 per cent additional mileage per tyre.   The three-year agreement has been made to help reduce the significant cost of maintaining the Abbey Logistics fleet, now the UK’s largest bulk liquid and powder food transport provider, as well as the amount... Read More

cement transport

News: Abbey Logistics awarded bulk cement transport contract by Tarmac

Abbey Logistics Group has been awarded a regional distribution bulk cement transport contract by Tarmac in Scotland, following a competitive tender process. Tarmac, the UK's leading sustainable building materials and construction solutions business, is set to restructure the distribution model for its Cement and Lime division to deliver an enhanced service for its customers. Following a comprehensive strategic review of its distribution arrangements, the company decided to move to a more flexible regional model for both bulk and packed cement distribution, which have previously operated on a national basis. Abbey Logistics has... Read More

drumming and packaging

News: Abbey shortlisted for Award for our Food grade drumming and packaging facility

Abbey Logistics are delighted to learn that we have been shortlisted for an award in recognition for our new food grade drumming and packaging facility at our materials handling centre in Bromborough, North West England. The event is The Logistics Awards, an annual celebration of excellence in the logistics and supply chain sectors which will be held in London on the 20th September. In association with SHD Logistics magazine, the awards recognise the most impressive achievements throughout the industry over the last 12 months and since its inaugural edition in 2014, the event attracts senior professionals from leading retailers,... Read More

lead driver

News: Abbey focus on driver comfort, payload and service with new Volvo FH trucks

Abbey has upgraded its fleet with an investment in 28 Volvo FH tractors to work across its bulk liquid and powder fleets throughout the UK and Northern Europe. The tractors have been specified with driver comfort, payload and service as the most important factors. Features of the new vehicles include intelligent driving systems such as lane departure alerts, automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control, together with a four-way colour camera system to ensure maximum driver visibility to protect other road users. Driver comfort is addressed with a spacious cab, additional storage, microwave and fridge-freezer together with... Read More

food drumming

News: Abbey Logistics begin liquid food drumming for Cargill Starches and Sweeteners

  Abbey Logistics has successfully commenced food drumming services of glucose for Cargill Starches and Sweeteners, a subsidiary of Cargill PLC, one of the world’s largest food and agriculture companies.   Abbey Logistics focus primarily on road tanker transport, but provide additional added value services such as warehousing and tank cleaning to support their customers.   Abbey’s latest service was developed through a working partnership with Cargill to develop a modern food-grade drumming facility within its warehouse complex in the North West of England.   As a long-term customer of Abbey... Read More

sugar logistics

News: Sugar Transport – Embracing Innovation and Collaboration

  Abbey Logistics is an important partner to British Sugar, providing all bulk sugar transport from British Sugar's factories to their customers. Abbey's focus on responsible resource use is key to the successful relationship. As part of British Sugar's commitment to transport road safety and improving their vehicle efficiencies in general, the UK's largest sugar manufacturer have been working closely together to explore new and exciting opportunities. What we did Firstly, Abbey’s Fleet Engineers worked closely and collaboratively with Abbey’s lead drivers to understand the strengths and weaknesses of each vehicle.... Read More

class 1 LGV drivers

News: Calling all Class 1 LGV Drivers – We’re Recruiting!

We are looking to strengthen our driver team of Class 1 LGV drivers across the UK in both our liquid tankers and powder tankers divisions. Thanks to new business and our commitment to provide our customers with the best possible service, we are recruiting for Class 1 drivers to be based at various Abbey depots across the UK. In return, we can offer competitive rates of pay and the opportunity to be part of one of the UK's fastest growing road tanker companies. For details of what roles we have on offer, please click here  or complete our online driver application form here  Alternatively, if you'd just like to find out more... Read More

road tanker companies

News: The latest edition of Abbey Logistics’ Magazine is now live

The winter edition of Abbey Logistics' company magazine is now live and packed full of news and updates from one of the UK's fastest growing road tanker companies. To view a copy please click... Read More

News: Abbey Logistics collects corporate finance deal of the year award

Professional Liverpool, the organisation which promotes professional excellence in the Liverpool City Region, has recognised the Abbey Logistics management buyout, which was supported by NorthEdge Capital, as its Corporate Finance Deal of the Year. The award was handed over to the Merseyside-founded business at the Professional Liverpool annual Members Lunch at Liverpool Town Hall on Thursday 23rd November, which was attended by around 200 professionals. NorthEdge Capital, which manages £540m of private equity funds aimed at lower mid-market buy-out and development capital transactions in the North of England and the Midlands,... Read More

logistics telematics

News: Abbey Logistics Chooses Microlise Telematics to Help Boost Efficiency

Abbey Logistics Group, one of the UK’s largest bulk liquid and powder transport providers, is deploying a Microlise fleet management telematics solution to 350 tractors and 300 tanker trailers in its fleet. Microlise Fleet Performance will provide Abbey Logistics with real-time visibility of its fleet and help it to improve driver performance and safety; while reducing fuel costs and environmental impact.  It will replace three different tracking systems currently being used in the business as a result of contract wins and an acquisition. Driver performance metrics will be available via the Microlise Driver Performance Management... Read More

logistics award

News: Abbey Logistics Shortlisted for FTA Logistics Award

Abbey Logistics has been shortlisted for a Freight Transport Association (FTA) Logistics Award which recognises excellence in logistics and supply chain. Abbey has been shortlisted for the Freight Carrier of the Year award and faces tough competition from some of the most successful companies in our sector. The Awards will be held on December 13th at London's Intercontinental Hotel in an event that will bring together leaders and influencers working across logistics and supply chain. As well as a keynote address from Jesse Norman MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for Transport, and post-dinner... Read More

polymer logistics

News: Plastics Logistics – Abbey are exhibiting at Interplas 2017

Abbey Logistics has a rapidly growing reputation in bulk plastics logistics. As the UK's largest powder road tanker company for food products, we have diversified in recent years to now provide road tanker logistics and added value services to the plastics and polymers sectors. Working with some of the world's biggest manufacturers across the UK and Europe, we have demonstrated our unique ability to offer flexible, reliable and cost-effective solutions to this vital sector, building strong and value-adding relationships with our customers. On the 26th, 27th and 28th September, Abbey will be exhibiting at Interplas 2017, the UK's... Read More

polymer logistics

News: Abbey Logistics to focus on road tankers and warehousing

Abbey Logistics has announced that following a strategic review of Group activities, it is to close its general haulage and Pallet Track division, and focus on developing its core road tankers business, offering food grade tanker and non food grade logistics services across a variety of sectors. Abbey has grown rapidly in the last two years through its core tanker business, securing significant contracts in the food, polymers, and non-hazardous chemicals markets. The group has also expanded the range of value-added services it can provide to include warehousing, drumming and reprocessing. The general haulage and Pallet Track division,... Read More

transport manager

News: Steve Granite wins top UKWA award for Think Logistics initiative

The United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) Annual Awards luncheon has been held this week at the prestigious Dorchester Hotel in London's Park Lane. The event saw senior figures from the UK’s warehousing and logistics sector as well as decision makers from the retail industry come together to recognise the achievements and innovations in the sector over the past year. The awards themselves comprised of ten individual categories covering all aspects of the industry including environmental performance and customer service. Concluding the event, the UKWA Chairman, Tony Mohan presents the Chairman’s Award, a special... Read More

Liquid tanker

News: Abbey Logistics win CILT North West, Best Practice Award

Abbey Logistics has been recognised by The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) at this year’s North West Annual Awards for Education and Excellence. The awards were presented at a gala dinner in Manchester on the 9th June, hosted by Dave Guest, Senior Reporter, BBC’s North West Tonight and were attended by leading figures from the logistics and transport profession across the region. The CILT North West Awards is an important event in the transport and logistics calendar and celebrate and recognise education, excellence, expertise and experience in the sector. The award is Abbey’s second in as many months,... Read More

bulk powder tanker

News: Bulk powder transport contract with Tata Chemicals and British Salt

Abbey Logistics has been selected by Tata Chemicals Europe to exclusively manage all bulk powder transport and logistics for all its products, including sister company British Salt, across the UK.   Tata Chemicals Ltd is one of the world’s leading producers of sodium carbonate (soda ash) and sodium bicarbonate. Sodium carbonate is a key raw material used in glass, detergent and chemical manufacturing. Applications for sodium bicarbonate range from food to pharmaceuticals to air pollution control. In the UK, Tata Chemicals Europe is the sole producer of Soda Ash (sodium carbonate) and the market leading producer of sodium... Read More

food grade drumming UK

News: Abbey Logistics’ Food Grade Drumming Facility Begins Operations

Abbey Logistics has started food grade drumming operations at our warehousing facilities in Bromborough on the Wirral The drumming plant is will support a key liquid food customer and provide a significant added value service to the bulk liquid transport we provide to liquid food manufacturers in the UK and Europe. Initially, the drumming plant will support a key customer by providing bulk tanker movements of finished products to the drumming site, tankers will discharge finished products into the facility to be packaged in drums. Filled drums will then be transported through Abbeys distribution fleet across the UK and... Read More

gas powered vehicles

News: Are gas powered vehicles now a realistic alternative?

That’s the question Abbey Logistics’ fleet Engineer David Batty has been asking for many years, and now with the extended range available on gas powered vehicles with compressed natural gas, is it a realistic alternative to diesel power? One of my most important roles at Abbey Logistics is to analyse and trial new vehicles and associated technology. Before selecting any vehicles for our fleet, I take a highly-detailed approach to understanding the vehicle’s whole life cost, taking into account everything from mpg performance, maintenance costs, kerb weight, specialist equipment fitting and aerodynamic drag. Having trialled many... Read More

award winning transport and logistics

News: Abbey Shortlisted For Top Motor Transport Award – Haulier of the Year

Abbey Logistics is excited to announce that we have been shortlisted for the Motor Transport 'Haulier of the Year' award. The winners will be announced at the awards evening which takes place at the famous Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 5th July so it's very much fingers crossed for now! The Motor Transport awards are the biggest awards event in transport and haulage recognising outstanding achievements in the road transport industry and a real highlight of the year. We have been proud recipients of this award twice before, in 2010 and 2014, joining only two other companies to ever win the award twice in its near 30 year... Read More

Logistics award

News: Abbey Logistics Wins Business Master Award

Abbey Logistics has been awarded the Large Business - Business Master Award at this year's North West Business Masters Awards. The annual event organised by the Business Desk is fast becoming one of the key dinners in the region’s business calendar and saw the elite of North West England’s business community including professional services companies, leading entrepreneurs, innovators, exporters and large businesses coming together to celebrate companies who have all made a difference to business in the North West over the past year. The black tie awards evening was held at the Midland Hotel in Manchester and... Read More

Abbey Logistics Head of HR Marcia Findlay

News: Marcia Findlay Appointed as Group Head of HR

Abbey Logistics Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Marcia Findlay as Group Head of HR. Marcia will be responsible for the full range of HR functions, including employee relations, training and development, reward and recognition. Marcia’s appointment will support and strengthen the Group’s high calibre management team through a period of rapid growth. Abbey recently added more than 100 employees to the business as part of its acquisition of bulk liquid food tanker company Armet Logistics. Announcing the appointment, Steve Granite, Abbey Logistic’s CEO said: "Abbey's transformation into a recognised National and... Read More

food logistics

News: Abbey Logistics acquires leading bulk liquid food logistics company

Acquisition enhances the combined business’ service offering and provides the platform for further European growth as one of the largest bulk liquid food logistics providers. Abbey Logistics Group announced today that it has acquired the complete share capital of Armet Logistics Ltd, one of the leading bulk liquid food logistics and transport companies in the UK. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. This significant development follows an exciting 12 months for Abbey Logistics; the Liverpool based specialist logistics provider, has seen the company complete a management buyout in August 2016 backed by NorthEdge Capital, and the... Read More

bulk liquid transport

News: Abbey Logistics continues fleet expansion to increase flexibility for customers

Abbey Logistics Group, one of the UK’s largest bulk liquid and powder transport providers has expanded its fleet with the addition of 20 DAF XF and CF tractor units, as it continues to increase the efficiency and flexibility of its nationwide transport network. The new vehicles will support operations serving the food ingredients, construction, and non-hazardous chemical sectors and also provide flexible support to Abbey’s palletised business. “Abbey worked closely with DAF to tailor these units to suit the specialist products we transport.” Said David Batty, Abbey Logistics Fleet Manager. “Safety and hygiene standards are... Read More

David Batty, Fleet Engineer

News: Chairman of British Transport Advisory Consortium joins Abbey Logistics Group

Abbey Logistics Group, one of the UK’s largest bulk liquid and powder logistics providers, has appointed the chairman of the British Transport Advisory Consortium to lead their engineering department. Well known and respected engineer David Batty will manage Abbey’s rapidly expanding fleet of liquid and powder tankers, trucks and distribution trailers, and take responsibility for Abbey’s maintenance depots across the country. David will oversee all new vehicle specification to ensure Abbey Logistics provides the most appropriate equipment for each of its customers. He will also play a leading role in supporting Abbey’s... Read More

silo vacuum tanker

News: Abbey expands senior team with two new appointments

Abbey Logistics Group, the UK’s largest provider of bulk food transport services, has announced two new appointments to strengthen its senior team. Respected logistics industry expert Andrew Palmer has joined the group as non-executive director, and experienced marketing professional Michael Fox will take up the role of Group Marketing Manager. Andrew has enjoyed a distinguished career which has seen him lead a number of international transport and logistics companies through extended periods of growth. He was Managing Director at Bibby Distribution, and DTS Logistics before joining Suttons Group where he successfully led the company... Read More

british sugar

News: British Sugar chooses Abbey Logistics Group to manage bulk distribution

Abbey Logistics Group, the UK’s largest provider of bulk food transport services, has been selected by British Sugar to manage their prestigious bulk sugar movements across Great Britain on a long term deal. Sugar will be transported in bulk granulated sugar tanks and liquid tankers from four state-of-the-art processing plants in the UK, strategically located to reduce the mileage from farm to factory for processing.  British Sugar is the UK’s leading sugar producers supplying 1 million tonnes per year to the food industry and supermarkets. Abbey specialises in bulk food grade logistics, operating the UK’s largest fleet of... Read More

North edge capital

News: NorthEdge backs MBO of Abbey Logistics Group

NorthEdge Capital has invested an undisclosed sum in support of a Management Buy-Out of road tanker company Abbey Logistics Group, led by CEO Steve Granite. The investment represents the fourth deal transacted by NorthEdge this year and is the second investment out of the recently raised £300m Fund II. The Liverpool-headquartered company was set up more than 25 years ago by the Lucy family, specialising initially in the liquid food ingredients transportation market, with more recent diversification into the bulk powder market, palletised transport and warehousing under the leadership of current CEO Steve Granite. Long-standing... Read More

intermodal food

News: Abbey continues growth in intermodal food transport

Abbey Logistics Group has continued its growth in Intermodal food transport by purchasing 10 more ISO tank containers from a Chinese manufacturer. The latest delivery of ISO tank containers adds to Abbey Logistics' existing fleet of bulk intermodal silos which transport foodstuffs from France to the UK. Since starting on its growth strategy in 2009, Abbey has expanded from £18m turnover to £45m according to its latest set of accounts to June 2015, some £5m ahead of its forecast turnover. Part of its growth has come as a result of growing its volumes with customers based in Continental Europe and the group has ambitious plans to... Read More

award winning transport

News: Think Logistics and Career Ready win Motor Transport’s Partnership Award

Merseyside-based Think Logistics with educational charity Career Ready each received a major industry honour at last night’s 31st Motor Transport Awards in London, picking up the Partnership Award for their efforts to bring more young people into the transport and logistics sector. Think Logistics, founded by Abbey Logistics MD Steve Granite, is an industry-led initiative to reach out to school children and tell them of the outstanding career opportunities the industry offers. Its partnership with Career Ready has the overriding objective to educate young people about road transport and logistics by developing direct and long-lasting... Read More

liquid road tanker

News: Abbey Logistics Group Secures ISO50001 certification

Abbey Logistics Group Limited is pleased to announce that it has been successful in attaining the ISO50001 Standard for Energy Management. A crucial standard for a liquid and powder road tanker company. The company decided to pursue the ISO50001 Energy Management Standard in order to comply with the Environment Agencies requirement to comply with the ESOS regulations (brought into force on 5th December 2015). Resisting the temptation to just have an ESOS assessment (as was the route for many companies) the decision to achieve the ISO50001 gave us the platform to not only comply with these regulations but also to identify and promote... Read More

FORS Accreditation

News: Abbey Logistics Group Secures FORS Accreditation

Abbey Logistics Group Limited have adopted best practice demonstrated by the Construction Industry by successfully attaining FORS Multi-Operating Centre Accreditation across the UK. FORS (Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme) is a voluntary scheme and is only awarded to hauliers demonstrating the highest levels of fleet management with emphasis on the safety of other road users, with additional emphasis on vulnerable road users. The FORS audit is an intensive test of how well run our fleet is in terms of safety, driver wellbeing, driver training, efficiency, environmental concern and many other aspects of quality of management. In... Read More

Bromborough, Wirral warehousing

News: Abbey becomes full member of UKWA with Bromborough, Wirral warehousing facility

Abbey Logistics Group has become a member of the UK Warehousing Association (‘UKWA’) following a successful inspection of its Bromborough, Wirral warehousing facility. The warehouse now meets UKWA standards which includes a rigorous inspection by a UKWA Board member on eleven areas including the likes of Health & Safety, Buildings and perimeter inspection, Handling & Storage equipment and Environmental. It offers customers the confidence that they are dealing with an established and professional organisation who are operating to an accredited standard. Nick Highet, Warehouse Manager for Abbey said “We opened our warehouse... Read More

bulk road transport

News: Abbey secures £13.5m HSBC funding to develop bulk road transport business

Abbey Logistics Group has agreed a £13.5m funding package with HSBC to ensure it has enough cash to develop its bulk road transport business to £70m turnover by 2020. The funding package includes a confidential invoicing financing facility, a cash loan and asset finance credit line. Since starting on its growth strategy in 2009, Abbey has expanded from £18m turnover to £45m according to its latest set of accounts to June 2015 due to be published next month, some £5m ahead of its forecast turnover. Due to the success in exceeding their expansion plan, Abbey decided to have a year of consolidation in 2015 which allowed them to focus... Read More

Logistics Award

News: Abbey wins Quiet Logistics Award for its use of ‘silent’ DAF trucks

The Noise Abatement Society (NAS) is a dynamic UK charity whose remit is to raise awareness about noise pollution. Its internationally respected work helps to relieve the physical and mental distress caused by excessive noise which profoundly affects health, learning, productivity and social cohesion. The John Connell Awards are named after the NAS’ far-sighted founder John Connell OBE, who lobbied the Noise Abatement Act through Parliament in 1960 when noise became a statutory nuisance in the UK for the first time. These annual awards, known as the ‘Noise Oscars’, are now in their 14th year. They acknowledge the importance of the... Read More

food grade ISO tank

News: Abbey Logistics enter multi-modal marketplace with food grade ISO tanks

Abbey Logistics Group are delighted to report the commencement of multi modal movements from Europe to the UK with the introduction of food grade ISO tank containers. Dave Coulson, Commercial Director stated “This is a new and exciting venture for Abbey Logistics Group - which will provide a secure, environmentally friendly, flexible and cost effective solution for our bulk movements across European borders – as well as protecting our customers products from the ongoing threat of potential immigration intrusion. We have worked with our customers to ensure maximum security of their valuable loads whilst crossing European borders and... Read More

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