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A business park, manufacturing centre, road-rail interchange and distribution hub located at Mossend (North Lanarkshire), to the south of the A8/M8 road and east of the M74. One of Scotland's largest commercial developments, the site extends to more than 263 ha (650 acres) and is strategically located close to the motorway network between Glasgow and Edinburgh. The site developed in association with the Eurocentral Rail Terminal, Scotland's Channel Tunnel rail freight terminal, which opened in 1994.

Eurocentral, which offers 'Enterprise Zone' status, has attracted several major international manufacturers and distribution / logistics companies. The first development was a vast 32,500 sq-m / 350,000 sq-foot factory for the Taiwanese company Chunghwa Picture Tubes, which was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1997, but quickly suffered major job losses and eventually closure due to a market downturn. Eurocentral also includes a substantial newspaper printing plant, owned by News International and producing titles such as The Sun and The Times, this is said to include the largest newspaper printing production line in the world. German supermarket chain Lidl opened an enormous distribution and call centre here in 2019 at a cost of £70 million. At 58,500 sq. m (630,000 sq. feet), this is their biggest distribution centre in the UK and is twice the size of their previous facility at Deans Industrial Estate in Livingston. The global distribution headquarters for Ellon-based brewing and pub chain BrewDog is located here, as are distribution centres operated by Eddie Stobart and Amazon.

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