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GLOBAL AUTOMOTIVE MANUFACTURER EXPANDS OPERATIONS AT BARTON BUSINESS PARK

National developer St. Modwen has secured a deal with global automotive manufacturing firm Grupo Antolin to expand their premises at Barton Business Park, near Burton-on-Trent.

Grupo Antolin is a 1st tier automotive supplier of interior trim systems and components to major OEM’s from multiple sites throughout the UK.

The Spanish company currently occupies 70,000 sq ft at Barton Business Park, and has signed a 15-year lease to expand its operations on site into a newly built 113,000 sq ft unit, adjacent to their existing plot.

Ian Romano, Development Director at St. Modwen, said: “Grupo Antolin has been an occupier at Barton Business Park for 10 years and their expansion at Barton reinforces the strength of the automotive industry in the Midlands, which is a key market for us.
“It’s important to St. Modwen to help occupiers grow at our developments and we have worked with Grupo Antolin to create a facility to suit their needs for the foreseeable future.”

Robin Hills, General Manager at Grupo Antolin, said: “Since relocating from Bristol in 2006, the Barton facility has been awarded new and replacement business over a number of vehicle programmes and reached its full manufacturing capacity.
“Grupo Antolin has committed to a major investment at the Barton facility to take a new the lease on the adjoining plot from St. Modwen to consolidate future growth. Initially this will create an additional 150 positions within the business with further vehicle programmes planned in the next few years.”

The unit will be built on the business park’s last remaining plot, which was purchased by St. Modwen from JV partner Prologis in March 2017. Ground levelling work has already begun and the facility is due to be completed in May 2018.
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he news follows the recent letting announcement with Hellman Worldwide Logistics at St. Modwen’s nearby Burton Gateway development, part of the developer’s growing focus on the development of industrial and logistics sites in areas of high demand across the UK.

From the company’s overall medium-term commercial pipeline, St. Modwen has identified 7.5m sq ft of “A1” high quality industrial and logistics projects deliverable over the next few years, and during 2017 expects to develop 1m sq ft of industrial and logistics space across its UK portfolio, of which 50% is already sold or pre-let.

Barton Business Park is located on the A38, four miles south of Burton and six miles north of Lichfield. Current occupiers include Argos, CEVA Logistics, Bombardier and Pirelli.

Knight Frank advised St. Modwen on the letting.

Cushman and Wakefield advised Grupo Antolin.