Silk Contract Logistics muscles up on fleet

By: Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi

More prime movers and extra warehousing space added to portfolio

Silk Contract Logistics muscles up on fleet
Brendan Boydsays focus is on service and partnering


Silk Contract Logistics will add a super B-double to its fleet in order to cement its role in the industry.

The new owners who took over the company in February have also ordered five new Volvo prime movers.

SCL directors Brendan Boyd, John Sood, George Lerias and David Anderson purchased the division which incorporates Kagan Logistics and Hoffman Transport when private equity firm Gresham called time on Silk Logistics Group.

The four are also building two new warehouses at the Port of Brisbane.

The company has been winning its fair share of business thanks to existing and new customers who appreciate the service it provides, Boyd says.

"I think the joys of being the size of a business we are, customers enjoy the intimacy and the relationships that we’re building with them," Boyd says.

"We are focused around service and around partnering with them from my level right through to the organisation."

With over 350 employees across 25 sites, SCL has more than 200,000 square-metres of warehouse space.

Its customer base includes food and industrial suppliers, manufacturers and distributors of fast-moving consumable goods (FMCG).

It provides integrated warehousing, distribution and supply chain services with a presence in all major capital cities.

The four plan to double its contractor fleet to 30 in Brisbane in the near future.

It has recently added Masters Home Improvement and bulk pet supplier City Farmers to its customers list.

"We’re starting to hit the mark in our wharf cartage services by picking up quite a number of smaller customers in that space and we have been shortlisted on a couple of very significant opportunities, so we are quite excited," Boyd says.

"We are very satisfied with how we are progressing.

"I think in some ways we are probably defining the trend a little bit as most people will tell you it’s pretty tough out there," he adds.

"I think generally, the market and the economy and the retail sector are pretty quiet but generally speaking I would think the general market sentiment is that things are pretty tight which is why I’m quite pleased with how we’re tracking."

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