EFL Global opens 1st facility in UK to cater high-street retailer demand
Sri Lanka-headquartered EFL Global has opened its first facility in the UK as it looks to cater for 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 sq m 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.