’Expanding our provision of storage capacity is vital,’ says chief executive 

Copart UK has opened another facility as it looks to further increase its vehicle storage capabilities following insurer demand.

In a statement released today (15 August 2023), the vehicle remarketing and recycling firm said the new site Hixon, Staffordshire, would allow it to store an additional 7,000 vehicles per annum.

This means overall vehicle storage capacity for customers operating in the West Midlands will increase by 15%.

Jane Pocock, chief executive of Copart UK and Ireland, said: “We’re delighted to boost vehicle storage capacity in the West Midlands as part of our ongoing reinvestment strategy into land, transport, services and technology.

“With an increasingly diverse UK car parc and extreme weather events becoming more commonplace, especially as we head into the winter months, expanding our provision of storage capacity is vital.”

‘Strategically positioned’

Copart provides salvage services and parts to the majority of the UK’s major insurance and automotive companies.

The announcement of a new site in Staffordshire came less than a week after the firm confirmed plans to open a new operation centre in Corby.

A statement released last week (10 August 2023) said the move came as part of its growth programme, which has been designed to meet continued demand from customers.

The firm also has operation centres in Chester, Wolverhampton and Wisbech.

“We’re committed to further developing and expanding Copart’s strategically positioned operational network across the UK, providing close proximity to communities and customers so that we can collect, handle and store vehicles quickly, efficiently and with minimal environmental impact,” Pocock said.