Workshop equipment provider Totalkare has relocated to a new, purpose-built facility, to accommodate its expanding product portfolio.
The company says the new site, located at Pensnett Trading Estate in Kingswinford, near Dudley, will enable it to optimise workflow on the shop floor and increase capacity for holding stock of mobile column lifts, vehicle testing equipment and other future products.
The move precedes a five-year expansion that will see more than £750,000 invested into the business.
“Following the introduction of testing products to our portfolio of heavy-duty workshop solutions, Totalkare has outgrown its current premises,” said managing director David Hall, whose two years in the business have overseen substantial growth.
The last 18 months has seen Totalkare add mobile and in-ground brake testers, headlamp testers, diesel smoke meters and galvanised mobile column lifts to its portfolio. Most recently, the company has introduced vehicle inspection pits to support customers seeking a pit in addition to the purchase of an in-ground brake tester.
“Moving to the new premises – approximately four times the size of our Halesowen site – is a necessary move to facilitate further development.
“The additional space gives us room into which we can expand, not just in terms of headcount but also product portfolio and shop floor processes. It enables us to build on our founding principles of customer care and being experts in our field – it’s an exciting moment for Totalkare.”
The move coincides with the 40th anniversary of the company supplying its first mobile column lifts in the UK. Among their users are some of the biggest names in the bus and coach, commercial vehicle, heavy haulage and rail sectors.
Increased office space will also enable more staff to return to the office while observing proper social distancing rules, says Totalkare.
While Totalkare has not been immune to the impact of Covid-19 this year, recent months has seen headcount increased. A product manager has been recruited to identify and source products to complement Totalkare’s existing portfolio, while the business has also appointed a new sales manager following a restructuring of its sales team.
“I’m proud to say that, while it hasn’t been easy, we’ve been able to navigate 2020 without making anyone redundant due to Covid-19,” said David.
“Expanding and restructuring the sales team will enable us to give our customers more attention and respond swiftly to their needs, enhancing the excellent relationship we currently enjoy with them.”