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Portakabin announces expansion in Europe
PORTAKABIN has today announced the expansion of its European empire as it opens its first facility in Luxembourg.
The York modular building manufacturer has opened a hire and visitor centre in the western european country in a move designed to compliment the group’s current operations in France, Belgium and Holland.
With Luxembourg previously served by Portakabin’s Belgium operation, the business has just opened its first office in the centre of the capital, with plans already in place to expand onto a large site.
Alongside the Luxembourg venture, Portakabin is also expanding in France as it announced plans for a new centre in Toulouse.
Due to open this autumn, the base for Portakabin in Toulouse will provide offices, display buildings, operations facilities and storage for hire buildings available from stock, which are currently being transported from the firm’s Bordeaux office.
Both sites will spark an increase in activity at the York production operation, which is set to manufacture the buildings for Europe.
The new centres follow on from Portakabin’s recent acquisition of Oecon Mobilraum GmbH, the manufacturer and distributor of modular buildings in Germany.
Commenting on the move into Luxembourg, Derek Carter, chief executive of the Portakabin Group, said: “Luxembourg has one of the strongest economies in Europe and its financial services sector continues to be particularly buoyant.
“We have already had considerable success in the country, servicing customers via our Belgium operation, so we know the premium quality of our interim building solutions suits the Luxembourg market very well.
“We believe we have a unique position in this market, which is not currently being served within the country and so this expansion offers huge potential and opportunity for Portakabin.
“It is also a positive move for the UK as the majority of our buildings for Europe will continue to be manufactured at our head office and production centre in York.”
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