WHS Plastics has moved into its new 75,000 sq feet national distribution centre in Sutton Coldfield, UK.

The investment will see 11 new jobs created at the facility with plans to employ more people in the future.

The new national distribution centre has been developed to provide an on-demand logistics solution for customers, which include manufacturers such as Jaguar Land Rover. The GBP3.5m (US$4.6m) centre, which will serve UK and international markets, replaces three warehouses currently on the site.

WHS Plastics has put in place its warehouse management system into the centre, which manages the stock-holding and inbound and outbound movements as well as semi-autonomous forklift trucks. The centre has also been fitted out with a new GBP0.5m racking system, which will provide WHS Plastics with an additional 35,000 sq feet of warehousing capacity to support future growth ambitions.

“We are delighted to open our new national distribution centre in the West Midlands,” said WHS Plastics Group MD, Paul Nicholson.

“The development complements our hi-tech and automated production processes, thereby forming a key part of our future growth strategy to build upon our existing markets and open up new opportunities for the business going forward.

“Whilst the pandemic has been a challenging period, we believe we can come out of this period even stronger. Our significant investment is designed to continue to provide the very best support to our largest market, the UK automotive sector, as well as other sectors, by providing a first-class distribution service.

“This investment signals our intention for longevity. We are supporting the automotive sector, which is a major contributor to the UK economy, and other industries. As a result of this investment we are already seeing a growth in our pipeline, in new sectors.”

WHS Plastics which also has manufacturing operations in Runcorn, UK and Cairo, Egypt, employs 630 people, with 400 of those based in the West Midlands in Britain.

The company, which currently has an annual revenue of GBP60m, recently manufactured 100,000 plastic visors with JLR in response to the pandemic.