Helicopter manufacturer Leonardo to begin work on £30m facility at Yeovil site

Updated on Friday 18 June 2021, 9:02 AM

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A new single-site logistics facility, optimising Leonardo’s Yeovil footprint, will see the creation of nearly 20,000m2 of warehousing storage which, once completed in autumn 2023, will be leased by Leonardo Helicopters as part of a 35-year agreement.

The site will be operated under a new 10-year commercial contract with Kuehne+Nagel, which will include a multi-million pound investment in plant and equipment installation and transition.

Working in partnership with Leonardo, the plans have been designed with sustainability in mind. It will incorporate elements such as rainwater harvesting tanks, thermally efficient materials and construction methods, and charging points for electric cars and temperature controlled vehicles.

Brian Cox, Kuehne+Nagel Managing Director (UK), commented:

“This is a major milestone to reach, and a culmination of over four years collaborative work. Our Kuehne+Nagel team has developed a great partnership with Leonardo Helicopters, and this demonstrates our long-term commitment to them and to the community of Yeovil. The creation of a single-site is a shared strategic vision, which will enable us both to drive real innovation, efficiency and scalable solutions into the Leonardo supply chain.”

Nick Whitney, Managing Director of Leonardo Helicopters (UK) added:

“The main aim of the single-site logistics facility at Leonardo’s site in Yeovil is to consolidate all Yeovil-based warehousing. This state-of-the-art facility will streamline the site’s operational capability and customer service by having all logistical support in one place. It highlights further Leonardo’s long-term commitment to its Yeovil site through the strategic development of this high-tech logistics hub. It also demonstrates the importance of key industry partnerships through our crucial collaboration with Kuehne+Nagel.”

With 72,500 employees at 1,400 locations in over 100 countries, the Kuehne+Nagel Group is one of the world’s leading logistics companies. Its strong market position lies in sea logistics, air logistics, road logistics and contract logistics, with a clear focus on integrated logistics solutions.

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