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Dachser UK country manager, Nick Lowe
Aſter successfully completing a BSc (Tech) Honours degree in Maritime Studies, specialising in international transport, in 1982, Nick Lowe started his logistics career with Lep Transport as a graduate management trainee eventually becoming a board director of international products and services at Geologistics aſter that company’s takeover of Lep. He joined Dachser as UK
managing director in 2001. Some of his major achievements to date include increasing annual turnover from around £7m in 2001 to £46.5m in 2012 and, in 2005, he successfully managed the integration of the UK subsidiary of French sister company, Graveleau. A new north-west hub was
formed in January 2011, following the successful acquisition and integration into the Dachser UK and European network of Rochdale-based J A Leach Transport Ltd in 2010.
Q. What was your first job? A. Saturdays and school holidays job in Halfords, 1976 - 1978
Q. How did you first get involved in the freight industry? A. Just before I started my degree course in International Transport, at Cardiff , in 1978, I wrote to several transport companies asking for some work experience. Wim Bosman in Northampton kindly offered me a placement, during the holidays between university terms, and also took me on for my one year industrial placement which was an integral part of the degree course.
Q. Did you plan to get involved in freight – did you have much notion of the industry before you got involved with it?
A. I was sufficiently interested in freight and transportation to choose it as a vocational degree. The Bsc (Tech) course at UWIST, Cardiff was organised within the Department of Maritime Studies there, but covered all modes of transport and I found it to be a very interesting and rewarding applied business degree. In those days, ‘Logistics’ wasn’t such a widely used word in the context we use it now.
Q. What has been the biggest achievement or high point of your career in the freight industry?
A. Being part of Dachser UK’s achievement in winning the BIFA Freight Services Awards ‘Supply Chain’ category for 2008: we had been recognised at a national level for an innovative and creative logistics solution, with the very important background to it of an extremely satisified customer.
Q. Any low point(s)? A. Achieving my hat-trick of ‘wooden spoon’ awards at our annual Company Golf Day.
Q. If you had the undivided attention of the Secretary of State for Transport for ten minutes, what would you tell him?
A. Please find some way of developing a more joined-up approach to transport policy in the UK, especially with regard to transport infrastructure and investment. Road congestion, and its unpredictability, has a massive negative impact on productivity in the logistics industry.
Q. What is the biggest challenge facing the freight industry today? And into the future…
A. The potential for a ‘conflict’ between , in particular, the consumer market trends towards seven-days per week, timed, ‘added-value’ delivery services and the increasing environmental / road user measures and taxes which could have the effect of limiting transport supply.
Forth Ports has signed a long-term partnership with waste firm SITA to create a major recycling and resource management hub based at the Port of Tilbury on the River Thames. At the same time, SITA will buy, for an undisclosed sum, Forth Ports’ Nordic Recycling arm. SITA UK will deliver a new alternative fuels waste material
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processing facility at Tilbury, which will process both solid recovered fuel (SRF) and refuse derived
fuel (RDF), which
will complement the existing Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). Forth Ports said that siting
the operation at Tilbury and its London Container Terminal would provide SITA UK with a unique opportunity to transport
alternative fuels and secondary raw materials, domestically and internationally, by road, rail and sea. Forth Ports CEO Perry
Glading told FBJ in an interview: “This is a significant investment in processing by SITA. They will take over 280,000sq ft within the port in a 20year deal.” SITA will bring in loose waste - much of it from the immediate
area, but also from London – process and sterilise, bale it, wrap it and then export it to the Netherlands and Scandinavia, where
it will be used to
generate electricity in specially adapted power stations of fuel area heating systems in Scandinavia. The UK itself lacks suitable generating capacity to use waste-derived fuel itself at the moment.
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