UK machine operators now have even greater access to a wide range of tracks and wear parts, following MST’s announcement that it has extended its stockholding facilities at its headquarters in Birtley, County Durham.

The new facility introduces a further 25,000 square feet of stockholding to the site’s already sizeable 100,000 square feet.

The expansion forms a key part of MST’s ambitious growth plans, which have been gathering 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 some £150,000 in racking and new forklifts, as well as a significant upgrade to the company’s packaging area.

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With stockholding increasing to this degree, customers now have a greater choice from much larger stocks in the UK, with a greater streamlining of the process from order to dispatch and a new store counter at the front of the site, enabling quicker turnaround.

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Customers in the North of England will also have access to a greater number of rubber tracks, replacing the need to source these products from MST’s facility in Cumbernauld, Scotland.

MST’s managing director Rory Whitehall said: “The ITR Group holds some £200 million of stock, globally. As their sole authorised UK distributor, we are able to offer our customers access to a range of after-market 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.”

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