Overview of the sector in Tees Valley

The Tees Valley has seen recent investments in logistics infrastructure supporting our existing industrial base and the attraction of large scale distribution centres. Tees Valley is home to the fourth largest port in the UK, Teesport, a key terminal with two container quays, 'roll-on roll off' facilities and direct routes across the globe. Excellent rail and pipeline infrastructure, coupled with the road and land assets offer,  additional attraction to distribution centre developers.

The logistics sector employs around 8,000 people in the Tees Valley and a number of major logistics operators successfully function from the Tees Valley, saving money and mileage and serving operations throughout Scotland, the North and the Midlands.  For example, a container taken to Manchester from Teesport would save 121 lorry miles if compared with a container taken from Felixstowe.

Major logistics operators include George at Asda, Aldi, Argos, AV Dawson, Bulkhaul and Stillers. Tesco moved to the Tees Valley in 2009, opening a 1m sq ft purpose-built warehouse, employing 800 people and saving 12,000 lorry journeys a year. PD Ports owner of Teesport, are expanding their container terminal in Tees Valley due to the growth of containerisation and growing markets overseas.  In addition, Durham Tees Valley Airport offers freight services and has a direct link to Amsterdam.


As well as a number of large scale employers, listed below, the area is also home to a vibrant SME base, details of these can be found at FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) and NECC (North East Chamber of Commerce)   



 Large Engineering Sector Employers in Tees Valley 



Clipper Logistics opened its 840,000 sq ft warehouse on Teesside in November 2012. The warehouse handles more than 3 million items a week for Asda's George clothing range.  The supermarket's import and distribution centre opened in the Tees Valley in 2005. It gave the firm an international logistics presence for the first time and saved around 2m road miles a year by bypassing congestion in southern ports.


AV Dawson                                                                

AV Dawson is an asset based logistics company providing freight handling, storage and transport solutions to industry. It is based in Middlesbrough.  The company owns and operates 2 rail freight terminals linked to 1,000m of River Tees frontage for ship loading and discharge.  In support of these activities is a 200 trailer strong road haulage fleet, 500,000 sq ft of warehousing space and 3 large fabrication sheds for offshore projects.  The combined Ayrton International Railhead, Dawson's Wharf and North Sea Supply Base facilities offer diverse infrastructure and materials handling solutions.



Market leader in the global tank transportation of bulk liquids, powders and gasses for the process industry. Headquartered in Middlesbrough, the company has offices worldwide - from Europe and the USA to Brazil and Japan - and covers the principal global routes in European, Atlantic and Pacific regions. The range of tanks available to clients ranges from 14,000 to 35,000 litres.


Exel Europe

Opened in 2005 at Faverdale, DHL/Exel Europ manages Argos' distribution centre in Darlington (home to Argos Direct). They employ a workforce of around 450.


Northgate PLC

Commercial van hire operators with large markets in the UK and Spain. Headquartered in Darlington, where they employ around 150 people.


PD Teesport                                                              

PD Ports owns and operates the Ports of Tees and Hartlepool (known as Teesport), a major deep sea complex at the heart of the industrial Tees Valley. The port is the UK's fourth largest port by tonnage and covers an area of 200 hectares (490 acres) of land along the southern bank of the River Tees. At its heart is Tees Dock, a deep-water facility some 5 miles from the sea. Teesport handles over 6,000 ships a year and is strongly associated with petrochemicals, manufacturing and engineering.



The supermarket giant moved to the Tees Valley in 2009, opening a 1m sq ft purpose-built warehouse at Teesport. Employing around 800 people, the distribution centre services the company's Scottish, Northern and Midlands operations. The company announced that environmental factors played a part in its decision, with 12,000 lorry journeys a year being saved by relocating to the Tees Valley. 


Sector Skills Councils

Skills for Logistics is the Sector Skills Council for the UK's freight logistics industries.


Sector organisations

The CILT is the pre-eminent independent professional body for individuals associated with logistics, supply chains and all transport throughout their careers.  They run regular events in Tees Valley on logistics issues.


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