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Fleets urged to work with supply chain to facilitate record vehicle volumes

So says Paragon Automotive, which is warning that a predicted 3% rise in new registrations will stress a supply chain that is already operating at capacity. 

As one of the UK’s largest operators of new and used car vehicle logistics, Paragon says that capacity at the ports, logistics networks and de-fleet services are already operating at record volumes.

Ian Carlisle, chief executive officer of Paragon, said: “The automotive industry is a real success story for UK plc, and is leading the sector’s recovery in Europe. But as records continue to be beaten, the supply chain is facing real challenges that can only be addressed by changing the way the industry works. 

“A new partnership-led approach is required to create capacity through the supply chain. This will enable new investment and help to smooth volumes. Our recent approach with Kia Motors UK demonstrates this principle well – locking in long-term, strategic relationships to yield the best value and future proofed solutions, for our customer. Paragon’s ability to identify new sites in the right locations, with planning permission, to help smooth volumes, is only possible when working in this manner.” 

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.