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Motiva to streamline whole operation with new workshop

The new unit represents the first phase of a £700,000 project to redevelop the entire premises in Stoke-on-Trent, with the vehicle solutions firm switching from its long-established satellite facilities to the company’s headquarters nearby as part of a the move to consolidate all of its activities on one site.

The new unit has been transformed into a modern, fully fitted facility featuring the latest equipment. It houses the company’s commercial body shop and damage repair operation for cars, vans and trucks, with space to carry out MOTs for fleet customers.

The spacious new workshop features two full-length truck pits and no less than seven ramps along with separate bays for welding and spray painting.

Useable compound storage space increases from two acres to four and a half.

The move it will have significant implications for the company, according to Peter Wright, sales director at Motiva Group, who said: ‘Moving our entire technical operation to one site has been our goal for a number of years and I’m sure we’ll reap the rewards.

‘Rather than running three workshops over two sites, with two service departments and two service centres, we’ll have everything at our headquarters.

‘The move will make us far more efficient as it will streamline the entire operation and, though I can’t yet put a figure on it, it will save us a lot of money in the long run.’

The workshop is expected to open up new avenues for Motiva, with a move into corporate servicing now on the cards.

Wright added: ‘Better facilities and improved logistics mean we can now target commercial customers who we were previously unable to approach.

‘Clients can bring in their cars, vans or trucks and, at the same time, pick up a hire vehicle for however long it’s needed while repair work is carried out.

‘It’s another service which adds to our growing portfolio and which complements our customer-focused approach.’

Work to replace the office complex next door to the workshop is now due to begin in October or November and should be complete by the beginning of next year.

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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.