New Tyre Distribution Centre in Northern Ireland

Posted on 15th June 2023

There’s been several exciting developments taking place across MTS recently, and we’re delighted to reveal the opening of a new distribution centre in Northern Ireland which will create up to 16 new jobs (when operational).

The new Ballymena DC in County Antrim will transform the speed in which garages in Northern Ireland can order new tyres, leading to an enhanced level of service for consumers.

The centre will operate from the former Michelin Tyre factory which closed in 2018, breathing new life into what was once a key automotive and industrial area.

This will create eight new jobs in the area immediately, with plans to double to 16 by the end of 2023.

Head of Wholesale for MTS Sally Fyffe said: “This is an exciting day for garage owners and tyre dealers in Northern Ireland, drivers across the province, and for MTS. Until now, MTS were only able to provide a twice-weekly service; garages can now benefit from same day or next day delivery.”

“It’s not just about availability though. We see our presence in NI as a fantastic opportunity to give people in the region the same service and benefits as we offer to other parts of the UK. Supported by a sales manager on the ground, we can ensure consumers also benefit from our full range of added value services including exclusive access to our mid-range brands and the business support provided by our consumer e-commerce solutions, training, and local marketing materials.”

The distribution centre will operate from Kerr’s Tyres 40,000 sq. ft. warehouse managing the warehouse and providing logistics service to support MTS’ sales proposition.  Kerr’s Tyres is a local provider headquartered in Antrim, and was selected by MTS because of their heritage, reputation, and commitment to Northern Ireland.

VMA General Manager Tim Peacock said he was “delighted”  with the partnership with Kerr’s Tyres Group.

“We are looking forward to a new chapter where we can provide a consistent service to our dealer partners, supplying them with a greater range of tyres, supported by the potential for bespoke Programme tailoring. We look forward to the opportunities for growth in the future.”

The Managing Director of Kerr's Norman Kerr added that the new DC was a game-changer for the industry in the country.

He said: "The new distribution centre in County Antrim is ideally located, and will provide greater choice and enhanced availability to consumers across Northern Ireland."

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