Tail lift specialist acquires Wrexham unit for new production site

Europe’s leading tail lift manufacturer Dhollandia has chosen Wrexham Industrial Estate as the site of its new UK assembly plant.

The company has acquired an 81,580 sq ft warehouse from clients of Prime Property Consultancy in a freehold purchase on completion of redevelopment works.

Known as ‘Wire 81’ after the former occupier Wrexham Wire, the property sits on a 5.6-acre site on Ash Road North, and has undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment, including an expansion of the building, new roof and cladding, dock level loading doors, concrete yard and full office refurbishment. Wire 81 offers parking for 74 cars and 17 HGVs and benefits from a 3,000KVA power supply, which makes it suitable for manufacturing.

Dhollandia, which has production sites in five countries, is Europe’s leading manufacturer of tail lifts, producing over 50,000 units a year and supplying to over 70 countries worldwide. Its UK site is in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. Chris Lay, Business Unit Director for Dhollandia UK Ltd commented “The site is an ideal fit for our new assembly plant here in the UK and we are very pleased with the specification of the building. We are very much looking forward to getting production up and running”.

Wire 81 was acquired by clients of PPC last year after Wrexham Wire went into administration. Imran Younus, Commercial Director at PPC said: “Refurbishment opportunities are hard to come and Wire 81 provided an opportunity for us to add value and create new space to a limited market. We turned this site round in exactly 12 months, which is a remarkable achievement considering the current material supply constraints”

Wrexham Industrial Estate is the largest estate in Wales. Dhollandia will join occupiers such as JCB, Kelloggs, Solvay, Proserve, Oscar Mayer and Village Bakery, who between them employ over 7,000 people.

Joint agent Alex Perratt of B8 Real Estate said: “Wire 81 is one of the few newly refurbished properties in the area with access to a power supply of this nature. We had interest from a number of parties, which demonstrates the strength of demand for quality industrial units. It’s great news that the property will soon be back in production once again, bringing new jobs and investment to the area.”

Joint Agent Mark Diaper, Associate Director at Legat Owen commented “PPC have undertaken a transformation of an old 70’s manufacturing unit making it suitable for modern day use. With strong demand from both local and inward investment companies the facility will provide not only jobs but investment to this well know manufacturing location.”

Charlotte Barker of Kuits Solicitors acted for the seller.