Express delivery giant TNT has established a dynamic presence in South Wales in the shape of a new £3 million depot facility in Swansea.
The First Minister for Wales, the Rt Hon Rhodri Morgan AM, will be on hand this Friday (November 16th) to unveil the depot at Felinfach, Fforest Fach in Swansea - further strengthening Britain's biggest business-to-business delivery operator's strategic position in Wales and its ability to provide an even better service to the Swansea's growing commercial sector.
The state-of-the-art 36 loading bay facility operates in tandem with the existing depot at nearby Llantrisant - giving Wales two fully integrated TNT depots - offering local, national and international express delivery services.
First Minister Rhodri Morgan said: "This state of the art £3 million facility is another example of how Wales is attracting internationally renowned businesses. The speed at which Swansea's commercial sector is growing is remarkable and the fact that the UK's biggest courier operator has decided to make this investment to serve this growing market better is a massive testament to that growth
"Freight logistics is a vital sector in Wales - accounting for around 6 per cent of employment and contributing £2.5 billion to the Welsh economy.
"We also have to recognise that freight transport has a huge environmental impact in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. The Assembly Government is keen to help road freight operators meet this key challenge. That is why our Wales Freight Best Practice programme aims to reduce carbon emissions - and help Welsh road freight operators improve their operational efficiency."
Employing up to 65 people - including more than half-a-dozen new positions - the new facility, equipped with all the latest mechanical handling technology, is located just three miles away from the previous 'satellite' depot on the Garngoch Industrial Estate.
Depot General Manager Nic Wihl said: "This is a great new facility and one that dramatically improves the working environment for our people. We've located it as close as is practically possible to the previous depot in Swansea in a bid to retain as many existing employees as possible.
"We are on a five-acre site of which we occupy around three acres, so there's plenty of scope to extend and keep apace with expanding markets in the South Wales business economy.
"The new depot will provide significant improvements to the business and, ultimately, overall profitability. South Wales is a critical new component in TNT's strategic network and I am confident that both this new depot in Swansea and our existing depot in Llantrisant will continue to go from strength to strength.
"We're really going to attack the areas where we think we can move the business forward. The potential is there for all to see."