Northern Industrial opens German base

Blackburn-based spare parts supplier Northern Industrial has opened a new site in Germany to gain better access to the EU market.

The company supplies a global customer base with industrial spare parts, holding more than £10m in stock, covering more than 200,000 parts numbers, sourced from more than 1,350 manufacturers.

The move into Germany is the company's first European office outside of the UK, follows its recent expansion into Mexico. Both locations offer quicker and easier access to regional markets.

Matthew Baldwin (pictured left), who previously worked for Northern Industrial in Blackburn before moving to Germany three years ago, will manage technical services while Jerome Hoffart (pictured left) will manage sales.

David Lenehan, managing director of Northern Industrial, said: "Germany has the largest industrial economy in Europe, which makes it the obvious location to open our first European site outside the UK.

"Going forwards, the plan is that Germany will be the central hub for the EU, while our site in Mexico primarily services the Americas, allowing Blackburn to focus on the UK and the rest of the world.

“We are particularly pleased to welcome Matthew Baldwin back to the company and to see him spearhead this new venture alongside new joiner Jerome and we are confident they will be able to build an EU-based operation to rival our existing UK operation.”