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Centre likely to be put on market

Macfarlane to offload Linwood depot after Bullet deal

Bullet and MacfarlaneA warehouse and distribution centre is likely to be put on the market following packaging group Macfarlane’s decision to restructure its network.

Macfarlane is investing in a new Scottish distribution centre at Ballieston in Glasgow within the newly-opened distribution and storage hub of logistics business Bullet Express.

It will complement Macfarlane’s distribution centre in Inverness.

The move follows Macfarlane’s £1.8m acquisition in May of the packaging business of Glasgow-based Edward McNeil.

Macfarlane will combine the operations of the McNeil business with its existing distribution centre, currently based at Linwood, and which is leased. It is likely to be put on the market.

Bullet Express, which provides transport and logistics services to more than 400 UK customers, will source all of its protective packaging from Macfarlane Packaging.  

The 10-year deal means that over 75% of the 21,000 pallet spaces within Bullet Express’s new Baillieston facility are now let.

David Machin, group regional director of Macfarlane Packaging, said: “Investing in this move underlines our commitment to growing our protective packaging distribution business in Scotland. Our new facility at Baillieston will accommodate our growth plans at a location that is well situated to more effectively service our customer base in Scotland.”  

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