Check against delivery
First of all I would like to thank David Cunningham and his partners in ECS Logistics for inviting me to this official opening ceremony of their new freight sorting hub here in Clonshaugh Industrial Estate.
I am very pleased to be associated with an event such as this, marking as it does a commitment by ECS to make Ireland a European Hub centre for the collection and delivery of freight all over Europe.
The importance of the movement of goods to our economy cannot be underestimated. As small open island economy on the periphery of Europe, the efficient movement of goods (both imports and exports) by air, rail, road and sea, is crucial to the economy. Over 95% of internal goods in Ireland are moved by road and this is unlikely to change very significantly into the future.
This has important environmental implications as well as a requirement for high quality road networks with sufficient capacity to carry both freight and passengers.
Recovery and progress from the current economic downturn to a prosperous next decade is dependent on having a sustainable transport system. The Government will continue to fund and provide properly planned systems to improve the movement of goods and people in Ireland, in the most environmentally efficient way possible.
As you are fully aware, the movement of goods nowadays requires sophisticated logistic and supply change management. Freight movement is influenced by a number of factors including the number and location of factories and retail outlets, the pattern of freight flow between the premises and the supply chain, the scheduling of production and delivery, the choice of carrier, fleet management, and routing.
Businesses who want to remain competitive in international markets must continually economise on inventory, minimise order lead-in times, provide timed delivery of goods and, offer trace and track services. Recent years has seen the centralisation of warehousing and wider use of hub satellite networks.
Efficient freight transport is essential to the economy and all sectors and the logistics and supply chain must work together. Economic growth generates demand for goods and services. Goods have to be transported freely, reliably and efficiently to meet business needs, while at the same time minimising the impact on safety, on other transport users, and on the environment.
ECS is a relatively young company, being established in November 2007. Since it commenced trading in early 2008 it has gone from strength to strength, and in spite of the economic downturn, it has achieved highly commendable sale figures in its first year of trading. The company has been expanding rapidly since 2008 and is developing into a dynamic, vigorous world-class organisation, collecting and delivering freight all over Europe.
ECS has also grown its nation-wide courier service since it commenced trading, with 90% of all deliveries within Ireland carried out by its own vehicles. ECS now operates out of two premises employing 50 people either directly or indirectly and hopes to double the workforce by the end of 2010. Staff, trained in the logistics field, are flexible and totally committed to meeting the high standard of service demanded by their customers.
The company’s facilities in Santry and Clonshaugh are close to both the Airport and the port tunnel. This enables easy and fast access to 80% of the freight that comes into Ireland from abroad.
But ECS’s new facility here is not only about growth and new employment in Ireland. It is also about innovation and flexibility – moving freight and packages more quickly and more efficiently than ever before. We all hear nowadays about the need for more competitiveness in the Irish economy. ECS aims to become a leading player in same day delivery of groupage freight coming into Ireland, in addition to providing competitive and secure storage and procurement facilities. This company and its new facility here represents a clear step in the right direction for the Irish economy.
In conclusion, I would like to thank ECS once again for inviting me here to open this new facility. I would like to commend your Company on their initiative and wish you and all of the staff that are employed here today, and in the future, continued success.