Gefco has used this week’s Multimodal exhibition in Birmingham UK to make announcements about new business and managerial appointments.

The transport and logistics provider has renewed its contract with global chassis maker BWI Group, which supplies brake and suspension systems for the transport market. Gefco’s UK division provides complete inbound European supply for manufacture at BWI’s facility in Luton, which it said enables the supplier to maintain 24-hour operations. It has been doing so since 2010. As part of the service Gefco provides provides daily groupage, less-than-truck load (LTL) and full-truck-load (FTL) delivery services from suppliers in Germany, Poland, Portugal, France, Spain and the UK.

“We are a growing business and recognise Gefco UK as being the perfect partner to assist us in our operational developments within European networks,” said Tomasz Dziewiecki, BWI’s European production control and logistics manager. “We have been very pleased with the services Gefco UK has provided in the last five years and as such we are delighted to renew their contract for another two years.”


Gefco said it has also started operational workshops with BWI to further develop efficiencies on routes and network planning.

In a statement the logistics provider said that those workshops were paired with the use of Gefco’s integrated network for shipments via the EuroDailyService, which enabled support for the increase in inbound volumes into the UK.

Executive appointments
Gefco UK also used the event in Birmingham to announce two new managerial appointments to its staff.

Neil Wheatley (pictured on right) has been given a new role as Air-Sea-Rail Solutions manager. He moves from his role as overseas business development manager at the company and has more than ten years’ experience in this sector. He will now focus on what Gefco describes as “customer centricity and operations excellence” while looking for growth for all worldwide overseas services including within air, sea and rail freight, plus high and heavy projects.

Meanwhile, Rinalds Plavnieks (pictured on left) has been appointed as business development manager for the Central Asia, CIS and Baltic regions. Plavnieks joins Gefco UK from Gefco Baltic where he worked as a purchasing manager for all cargo commodities and transport types, including automotive. His major focus was on the Baltic Countries and Finland cross-dock development for cargo movement to CIS and Central Asia. Rinalds will use this previous experience to manage cargo solutions between UK and Central Asia, CIS and Baltic Countries - including full Customs and Tax support for export opportunities to the region, as well as rail freight between China and Europe.

“We are delighted to welcome Neil and Rinalds to their new roles,” said Tristan Balayn, managing director of Gefco UK. “These moves mark an exciting time for Gefco, supporting our ongoing expansion into this rapidly growing market and reflecting our commitment to becoming the leading logistics provider in this region.”

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