Kia cheer as three-year-old Stallingborough site to expand by 50%

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 22 Mar 2019

Manufacturer Kia is to expand its car handling facilities in Stallingborough, developing nearly 17 more hectares of South Humber Bank land to hold a further 8,000 vehicles.

It adds a further 50 per cent to the January 2016 unveiling of a new £20-million facility, when potential further growth options were laid out.

The South Korean giant anticipates the multi-million pound investment to be completed in November, with 80 jobs created during the expansion, on 40 acres of land bought from Associated British Ports. Scunthorpe’s Clugston Construction will deliver the project.

Further jobs are likely to be added to the 100-strong workforce there too. 

The company describes the deal as highlighting “the confidence the brand has in the UK and its continued presence within the UK market”.

President and chief executive of Kia in the UK, Paul Philpott, pictured centre, said: “This development is central to our growth plans in the UK and will allow us to expand our existing facilities to allow us to continue our commitment to the UK new car market, as well as delivering a seamless port-to-dealership process for our customers.”

Britain is Kia’s fifth largest outlet, with the brand – renowned for its seven year warranty - ranking in the top 10 for UK sales. It has a network of 190 dealerships.

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Less than three miles from Port of Immingham, where all Kias arrive, the distribution centre is a key hub for models arriving from production lines in Slovakia and Korea. More than 92,586 Kia cars were imported into the UK in 2018 and this figure is expected to rise in the coming years. 

“Kia has ambitious plans to sell 100,000 cars a year by 2020 with over one million Kia models having been sold in the UK since the brand first started in the UK in 1991,” a statement added.

Works will include a road bridge and separate transporter entrance, bringing better flexibility.

A new Kia arrives at Port of Immingham.

More than 200,000 tonnes of soil will be moved, with 33,000 tonnes of tarmac laid, on top of which will come 43 miles of painted white lines. 

Wildlife concerns have also been taken into consideration as an additional 9,000 square metres of wetland habitat will be created, as well as extensive tree planting.

Kia is also investigating options for Solar PV generation which will support its battery charging facilities for its range of electric and hybrid models that come from Europe and Korea.

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ABP Humber head of property, David Morriss, said: “We are proud to be able to support the growth of Kia Motors, which is an important employer in our region. It’s fantastic to see that such an internationally-acclaimed business is committed to the Humber region for many years to come.

“Here on the Humber we have a substantial land bank of 900 acres in prime locations, with fantastic links to marine and land-based transport infrastructure. We are strategically marketing these areas to offer solutions to customers from all sectors.

“We can provide excellent expansion and development opportunities for a range of different businesses, without any impact on the efficiency or flexibility of our port operations.”

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