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Kia moves 100,000 cars from Killingholme in just three years
In August 2005 Kia moved its UK import operation to a massive site at Killingholme on the Humber and in just three years thanks to the brand’s growing UK presence the facility has processed 100,000 vehicles.
The record-setting car was a Mars Red pro_cee’d 2.0 CRDi SPORT, destined for a customer of Viking Kia in Southampton.
The milestone import figure is testimony to the growth of Kia’s brand strength and market share in the UK and has been particularly boosted by the short-sea delivery of all the cee’d family and the latest version of Sportage that are built at Kia’s Zilina production facility in Slovakia.
Operated by GBA, the Killingholme facility can easily accommodated the latest generation of deep-sea car carriers operated by Kia’s shipping partner Eukor capable of carrying more than 8,000 vehicles.
Hamish McCowan, After Sales and Logistics Director at Kia Motors (UK) Limited said: “Back in 2005 the decision to move to Killingholme was a challenging one, but it has proved to be a wise move and has delivered considerably improved service to our dealers and their customers as well as delivering efficiencies and economies for our business.
The Killingholme facility boasts more than 86.5 acres of space which incorporates a purpose-built workshop, paint shop and facilities to undertake PDI and enhancement work.
Alongside a streamlined and computer-controlled shipment and loading operation that can quickly and effectively dispatch hundreds of new cars to owners every day.
“Our partners, GBA, have travelled every step of the way with us to make Killingholme one of the most efficient and service-focused import centres in the business and to reach this important milestone of 100,000 vehicles dispatched in such a short time is testimony to the effort everyone connected with the operation has put into delivering a first class service,” he added. [Source: Kia UK]