Holt Lloyd International Ltd, a global leader in the manufacture of automotive care products, will open a distribution centre at the Aerohub Enterprise Zone at Cornwall Airport Newquay.
The distribution facilities will be established in one of the former hangar buildings on the south side of the airport. This will allow Holt Lloyd to localise all of its UK and Eastern European distribution in Cornwall.
Mark Richards, Plant Manager of Holt Lloyd, said: “We are really excited to have found a location near enough to our manufacturing home in Newquay to significantly streamline our Supply Chain in the UK. We are delighted to have received the support of Cornwall Airport Newquay, the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, Westfield Transport and our Canadian owners (KIK Corporation) to make this a reality after years of uncertainty."
Chair of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, Mark Duddridge added: “This is a further milestone for Aerohub and builds on the 306 jobs we have already attracted since the Enterprise Zone went live in April 2012. With the Zone’s tax incentives and a streamlined planning regime in place, we are confident of attracting further investment and jobs.”
Al Titterington, Managing Director at Cornwall Airport Newquay commented:“We’ve been supporting Holt Lloyd operations for the last couple of years, so to extend that partnership long-term further illustrates the importance of the Airport site to the Cornish economy. Consolidating their distribution in Cornwall will give Holts further opportunities for growth which is good for them and the Airport”.
Julian German, Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Economy & Culture commented: “Cornwall Council has played a crucial role in the development of Cornwall Airport Newquay and the Aerohub Enterprise Zone. These new jobs will be good for Cornish residents and are part of the growing dividend from Cornwall Council’s efforts in securing new business."
Holt Lloyd International Ltd currently has a manufacturing site in Newquay, Cornwall and a distribution centre in Stretford, Manchester. The new distribution centre will allow Holt Lloyd to better serve their customers by reducing internal lead times, and by shortening the cycle time between manufacturing, and product availability. This new facility will also help Holt Lloyd to better control expenditures by taking direct control of a vital piece of the Supply Chain.
Holt Lloyd required a facility large enough to hold a minimum of 5500 pallets, and with ready access to the A30. The company had previously been unable to find a location suitable for their needs, and of the required size. £100,000 of funding from the Regional Growth Fund has been used to support Holt investment in to the facility.
Holt Lloyd’s latest business growth in the area will have a positive impact on the local community. The business will create 12-15 new jobs on the Enterprise Zone, which will further support the existing manufacturing site in Newquay, safeguarding 45 existing jobs.
The Aerohub Enterprise Zone offers two investment-ready development sites dedicated to cutting-edge aerospace and space businesses. Covering Cornwall Airport Newquay and Goonhilly Earth Station, both sites have significant development land and access to development support.
Photo (Left to Right): Ray Devereaux (Holt Lloyd Engineering and HSE Manager), Mark Richards (Holt Lloyd Plant Manager), Linda Spark (Holt Lloyd Materials and Planning Manager), Al Titterington (Managing Director Cornwall Airport Newquay), Miles Carden (Enterprise Zone Manager).