Belgian manufacturer of threaded rods, Bodegraven Metaal, has opened a new entity, Bomet UK, in the West Midlands, to supply threaded bar to UK customers in a move to overcome the challenges, beauracracy and costs associated with BREXIT’s impact on its business.
The Belgian company had a previous UK production unit in Willenhall, which it closed in 2007. “Since BREXIT, transport costs to the UK have risen enormously,” states Bodegraven Metaal. “Due to the extra import and export charges, but also due to the disappearance of many transporters who, because of known start-up problems, chose not to ship to the UK anymore.”
Due to these challenges, Bodegraven Metaal decided to set up Bomet UK and ship its threaded rods (DIN976-1), which are 60° thread angle, directly to the UK subsidiary – meaning that customers can now buy their studding from an English supplier, saving them a lot of time and cost.
“Bomet UK was actually opened earlier this year, but is now ready to meet the sector’s demands from its new branch in the West Midlands,” explains Bodegraven Metaal. “We have also invested in new cutting machines in Belgium, which means that special lengths can be delivered quickly and inexpensively to the company’s warehouse in Birmingham.”
Bomet UK works together with Paul Ponsonby Warehouse, located on the M6 north of Birmingham, to handle orders.
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