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The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation

WAI UK extends warehouse by 40 percent to meet demand

Date: Thursday 08 April 2021

Auto electrical specialist WAI has extended its UK warehouse by a massive 40 percent, as the business boosts its stockholding for UK customers.

The extension, at WAI’s Bognor Regis UK headquarters, will see more racking and a greater investment in UK logistics, as the brand continues to prove popular among motor factors and workshops.

Following the Brexit agreement, the process of importing and exporting has brought further complexities and additional costs, specifically under Rules of Origin. In addition, the sharp rise in freight charges means the sector is not exempt from disruption to parts supply and availability.

WAI, with facilities situated in UK, Netherlands, China and United States, is well placed to mitigate these complexities and, as a result, more products will be distributed from its warehouse in Bognor Regis.

In what has been a hugely challenging year for the country and automotive industry due to the coronavirus pandemic and Brexit, WAI has maintained its commitment to customers throughout, adding a range of sanitisation products to its product portfolio of rotating electrics, wiper motors, window regulators and ignition leads to name but a few.

Richard Welland, WAIglobal UK managing director, said:

“There have been some opportunities for UK warehousing as a result of the Brexit agreement and we’re pleased to have acted quickly and implemented expanded capacity within the business to better support customers.
“The focus is back on UK distribution and I still believe we’re in a transition phase following the trade deal, so WAI is working around the clock to ensure the entire supply chain is properly supported.”