The ARK Group of Companies has announced the establishment of Arpel B.V, located in Margraten, the Netherlands, which will enable it to quickly supply ARK products to customers across Europe.
Steve Auld, managing director of the ARK Group of Companies, explains: “Due to the growing demand in Europe there were already plans to expand The Ark Group of Companies to the European mainland. However, with BREXIT and the expected customs challenges the UK and rest of Europe would face, this expansion plan gained momentum, with the company established in March 2021.”
ARK has also appointed Paola Blat as general manager/director at Arpel B.V. “Paola is an established businesswoman who has been with the ARPEL B.V project since the start,” points out Steve. “Based in the Netherlands, Paola has worked in several industries for many years. She brings with her an industry background having held management positions within other European rivet specialists. During her career she has had responsibilities to manage stock levels, customer service, logistics and office management. The addition of Paola to our team is a key part of our development plans over the next 12 month trading period, as the Group’s financial year runs from 1st June to end of May.”
The first steps in getting the complete ARK branded range of products stocked in the Margraten warehouse have been taken. “We are fully aware of today’s challenges with regard to the capacity in southern Chinese ports as a result of Coronavirus outbreaks, the Suez Canal blockage causing ongoing havoc for global container freight, etc, but we have been able to fully stock the Margraten site and we will have further stock arriving over the next few months,” points out Steve. “Having the Dutch operation means that our customers’ demands can now be serviced on request from both our warehouse locations in the Netherlands and the UK.”
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