MST increase stockholding capability at Birtley
Company invests in additional 25,000 sq ft of stockholding facilities for tracks and wear parts
UK earthmoving operators now have even greater access to the widest range of tracks and wear parts, following MST’s announcement that they have extended their stockholding facilities at their headquarters in Birtley, Co. Durham. The new facility introduces a further 25,000 sq ft of stockholding to the site’s existing 100,000 sq ft.
The expansion forms a key part of MST’s ambitious growth plans which have gathered pace since the company became an official part of one of the world’s largest spare parts manufacturers, the ITR Group, in 2019. It includes an investment of around £150,000 in racking and new forklifts, as well as a significant upgrade to the company’s packaging area.
MST say increasing the stockholding to this degree will bring the following benefits to customers:
- Greater choice from much larger stocks, held directly in the UK
- Greater streamlining of the process from order to dispatch, with a new stores counter at the front of the site, allowing quicker turnarounds
- Access to a greater number of rubber tracks for customers in the north of England, replacing the need to source these products from MST’s facility in Cumbernauld, Scotland.
Rory Whitehall, MST’s managing director, said: ‘The ITR Group holds some £200 million of stock globally. As their sole authorized UK distributor, we can offer our customers access to a range of aftermarket spare parts that is simply unrivalled anywhere in the world.
‘Extending our stockholding in this way allows us to bring in, and store, significantly higher levels of stock. The obvious benefit to customers is that they get their parts much quicker than if we needed to ship them to the UK. Added to that, we are in a stronger position to mitigate some of the external challenges that the country, indeed many parts of Europe, have faced over recent months.’