We are proud of our company history, having remained under independent leadership since our founding in 1870.

Throughout our time in the logistics industry, we have been continually moving forward as a company. Our timeline shows how far we have come, our ambitions and what we hope to achieve in the near future.

Timeline


2020

150 Years

As of 2020, Davies Turner will have been providing world-class international freight forwarding services for 150 years.

2017

Expansion

Davies Turner Properties finish renovations on Cumbernauld warehouse in Central Scotland. We also finished work on our largest logistics building to date in Avonmouth, Bristol. Our new website is launched.

2009

Awarded AEO Status

Davies Turner were one of the first freight forwarders within the UK to achieve the prestigious AEO accreditation. The latest in a long list of achievements, this award shows that Davies Turner continues to push forward and innovate within the industry.

2000s

New Millennium

By the dawn of the new millennium, Davies Turner provided one million square feet of modern facilities offering advanced warehousing capabilities across the UK.

1990s

Davies Turner Air Cargo Ltd

Davies Turner Air Cargo Ltd was formed as a separate entity in 1990 in order to offer worldwide air freight products and solutions. Davies Turner Air Cargo has become the UK's largest independent air freight forwarder.

1980s

Queens Award for Export

Davies Turner have always pushed for greater technological advancements within the industry. Our early computerisation efforts were recognised with a Queens Award for services to British exporters specialising in the Middle and Far East.

1960s

First TIR Services

At the forefront of two major industry developments during the 1960s, Davies Turner demonstrated our pioneering and innovative nature yet again. We began operating the first TIR (customs sealed) trailers to Europe and introduced ISO maritime containers, working alongside the Port of New York Authority to launch transatlantic LCL and FCL services in 1968.

1950s

Davies Turner re-locates to Battersea

With the opening of London’s Heathrow airport, Davies Turner developed a new airfreight division. In 1959, the division expanded and relocated to Battersea Wharf.

1940s

War Effort

Davies Turner contributed to the war effort by providing safe warehousing for furniture and personal effects saved from the Blitz. Working for trans-national organisations like the Red Cross, our network provided an effective supply chain.

1930s

Supply Chain Security

During the Great Depression, times were hard but our adaptability allowed us to overcome the difficult climate by offering specialist services such as fine art packing for the American and European markets.

1910s

Motorised Goods Vehicles

In another example of our innovation and forward-thinking attitude, Davies Turner switched from horse driven carts to motorised goods vehicles in the 1910s. We are proud to look back on a time when our company embraced the future of logistics and haulage and defined the path of the industry.

1890

Standard Reusable Lift-Vans

Davies Turner were the very first company to implement standard reusable lift-vans, a precursor to modern logistics facilities. At the forefront of the containerisation revolution, we were also one of the very first companies to be incorporated with limited liability demonstrating our significance in the industry.

1870

Davies Turner Founded

In April 1870, Alfred Davies established the company in partnership with his father-in-law. After growing tired of the high minimum fees charged by most freight companies at the time, Davies realised his vision of an innovative shipping system which consolidated small shipments into one bill of lading. Constantly moving forward, Davies later became an MP but never left his role at the head of the company.

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