Sri Lanka-headquartered EFL Global adds first UK facility to cater to high-street retailer demand
AIPUT: Sri Lanka-headquartered EFL Global has opened its first facility in the UK as it looks to cater to high-street retailer demand.
The Black Arrow warehouse was developed by Airport Industrial Property Unit Trust (AIPUT) and is located at the Blackthorne Point logistics campus close to Heathrow Airport.
EFL’s facility which will create 35 new roles when fully operational, measures 2,579 sqm and will primarily handle stock imports for major high-street clothing retailers.
The building includes a number of environmental initiatives including roof-mounted photovoltaic panels and other Low and Zero Carbon technologies which together will deliver a 30% reduction in CO₂ emissions over building regulation requirements.
EFL Global President – Americas Region Evan Rosen, said: “We are elated to expand our business and operations in England. EFL Global continues to invest in key regions that are most important to our clients, which includes strategic planning and expansions in the European region. This market is a critical part of our journey to provide unparalleled logistics and supply chain services across the globe.”
AIPUT fund manager Nick Smith added: “AIPUT is delighted to welcome EFL Global as our newest customer to our recently completed Black Arrow warehouse, West Heathrow. Collaboration is at the core of our culture, and through working closely and at speed with EFL Global, we are pleased to have met their needs and introduce an exciting new global freight forwarder to the UK logistics market.”
AIPUT’s existing customers at Blackthorne Point include UPS Supply Chain, Scan Global Logistics, Flostream and CH Robinson. The forwarder has been expanding rapidly in recent years with several new office openings. Earlier this year, the company purchased Canadian firm Locher Evers International.
The strength and growth of Sri Lanka’s private sector can be seen by the expansion of operations of some local businesses to overseas destinations. Even amidst challenging conditions, Sri Lanka’s private sector continues to be resilient. The country’s economy has shown great resilience through the years and is once again on the growth path after facing the challenges posed by the global pandemic and the economic crisis. Sri Lanka’s geographical positioning in the Indian Ocean and the strong trade ties enjoyed by the country have also helped boost the country’s attraction as a business destination. Sri Lanka is also working towards becoming an emerging business destination in the South Asian region. Given the growth and business potential in Sri Lanka and the country’s expanding opportunities, foreign businesses/investors could confidently explore the business/investment opportunities in the country. They could also look at forming partnerships or joint ventures with local businesses with the aim of expanding.
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