Martin Delamare_ParagonUK-based transport and logistics provider Paragon Automotive has appointed Martin Delamare (pictured) as group logistics director. The company said his appointment to the newly created role followed significant investment to expand capacity in both in its fleet and port operations for finished vehicle movements across the UK.

Delamare is now responsible for all of Paragon’s bulk, small truck and single vehicle movement operations. He reports directly to Paragon Automotive’s CEO, Ian Carlisle.

Delamare previously worked at Kuehne + Nagel where he was business sector director for retail and brings with him more than 20 years’ experience in global logistics across sectors including automotive, technology and retail. He is a chartered fellow at the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and a managing partner in consultancy MT Delamare and Associates.

“Martin is a key part of our plans to continue to grow our logistics operation,” said Carlisle, adding that Delamare was bringing new ways of thinking to the industry and was already piloting several initiatives to move vehicles more efficiently.

“Paragon is already introducing new technology to support all of our logistics operations, both to drive operational efficiency for our customers and meet increasingly complex legislation,” said Carlisle.

One example of that can be seen in the RFID technology being used at the company’s recently opened facility near the port of Immingham in the north of the UK, which is dedicated to its customer Kia.

Delamare will be responsible for developing an integrated approach to logistics across the company, which handles over 1m vehicles a year.

Commenting on his move, Delmare said: “I join Paragon at an exciting time in its development. The UK leads the global logistics industry and we have the opportunity to bring a lot of retail best practice into the automotive sector.”