Kings Road Tyres has opened its Burton-on-Trent Superhub, which comprises a 92,000sqft office and warehouse complex
Kings Road Tyres’ restructuring process has taken “a major step towards completion” with the opening of its new central Superhub in Burton-on-Trent. The company is now operating out of a 92,000sqft office and warehouse complex on a five acre (two hectare) site known as Centrum One Hundred. KRT adds that its new neighbours – businesses including DHL, Boots, Unilever, Waterstones and Holland & Barrett – show the high calibre of the location, just off the A38, and with easy access to the M1 and M6 motorway networks.
The Superhub includes spacious two-storey office accommodation, canteen facilities, dedicated staff and visitor parking, seven dock-level access doors, five ground-level access doors, a power floated concrete floor slab and a large, barrier-controlled service yard.
The operation is at the heart of a restructured business model that KRT says will improve stockholding and logistical efficiencies and take advantage of the benefits available with the most modern buildings, infrastructure and IT systems.
As the central point of UK stockholding for all brands and product categories, Burton-on-Trent will provide direct service to customers in the midlands, as well as overnight deliveries to new satellite KRT warehouses in London (covering the south east), Taunton (south west), and Stockton-on-Tees (north). Scotland will be covered by an improved overnight service as well as by third party distribution. Ireland will also be serviced from Burton.
“Investing in a new wholesale distribution structure was a major financial and strategic decision for the company, so this is a really exciting moment that starts to deliver against that vision,” said KRT managing director, Adrian Bader.
“With Burton-on-Trent now established as our central logistics centre, we are equipped to radically improve the efficiency of our business. That will be good news for our customers as we seek to build on our long-established and hard-won reputation for quality service.”
In the majority of cases, KRT will continue to service customers with its own delivery fleet, maintaining control of the entire distribution process.
The restructuring and “modernisation” of KRT was announced at the beginning of 2016, with the company committing to a multi-million pound investment, and moving away from its previous network of eight regional hubs.
Announcing this “pivotal” decision in February 2016, Bader said the company has “a clear focus on becoming the first choice tyre supplier in specialist market sectors such as truck and bus, agricultural, OTR and industrial. We already have an outstanding portfolio of tyre brands and this investment will deliver an outstanding infrastructure to help achieve our ambitions.”
The company’s range of brands has been enhanced by an expansion of its house Kingstone brand. It now includes more than 60 new lines for ATV, turf, horticultural, agricultural, light materials handling and high speed trailer tyre applications. More additions are planned before the end of the year. In the industrial sector, KRT has also developed its range this year with its exclusive UK distribution of Maxam.
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