Cheshire haulier expands Chinese logistics operations

David Kehoe (financial director), Karl Hudson (regional director North Asia), Michelle Atkinson (HR director Intl), Graeme Mcfaull (chairman)

Widnes-based haulier, Suttons Group, has expanded its operations in China.

Suttons International China has launched its domestic trucking service exclusively tailored for the Chinese region.

The group said this venture is set to redefine chemical logistics, offering customers unparalleled reliability, value, and service.

To mark this, Suttons China hosted a grand opening event in Shanghai, welcoming 35 guests, including current and potential customers, vendors, and partners.

The event showcased Suttons China’s commitment to excellence in the chemical transportation industry.

Established in November, Suttons Tankers China is now officially qualified for the transportation of Class 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, and 9 dangerous goods on Chinese roads, ensuring the highest safety standards in the industry.

The company has invested significantly in its fleet, acquiring 10 new tractors featuring the latest technology from the Chinese brand SITRAK. These vehicles comply with China VI emission standards.

Additionally, Suttons China has added 12 container trailers to its fleet. All units are equipped with cutting-edge G7 monitoring systems to ensure real-time tracking and enhanced security.

The group also said that, to guarantee the highest level of proficiency and safety, Suttons China has implemented a rigorous two-week training programme and assessment for all drivers and their escorts.

On successful completion, each participant will be awarded the ‘Suttons Driver Passport’, a certification encompassing vital skills such as PPE usage, emergency procedures, defensive driving, liquid chemical loading and unloading, security protocols, fatigue risk awareness, roll-over avoidance, pre-use vehicle checks, product awareness, slow speed manoeuvring, safety-related policies, and customer care.

Group chief executive, John Sutton, said: “The launch of Suttons Tankers China, our domestic trucking service designed to elevate chemical logistics standards in the region, marks a significant milestone for our business.

“With a commitment to reliability, value, and service, we aim to redefine the landscape and set new benchmarks for safety and efficiency.

“The ‘Suttons Driver Passport’ initiative underscores our dedication to excellence, ensuring our team is equipped with the highest level of skills and awareness. We look forward to contributing to the industry’s growth and success in China.”