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Hobby firm moves into model warehouse

Posted by Mark
November 5, 2014 in Industrial

Hornby Hobbies, the company behind the world famous Hornby Railways model train sets, has moved into a new purpose-built warehouse.

The firm, which also owns popular brands such as Corgi, Airfix, Humbrol, and the electric slot-car racing product Scalextric, has moved into a new facility in Canterbury, Kent.

The state-of-the-art site has been specially designed for the company and incorporates 100,000 sq ft of  warehouse flooring  warehouse flooring. With 60,000 sq ft of the total space having warehouse racking, it offers the potential for storing products palletised across 7,000 units.

The leftover 40,000 sq ft of  warehouse flooring  warehouse flooring is dedicated to order picking and packing.

The facility also has a number of loading bays, which the firm says will allow it to better manage inbound arrivals. Hornby added that the bays will work in tandem with a yard area towards the rear of the facility, in order to optimise the arrival of containers shipped from Asia and India.

The chief executive officer for Hornby Hobbies, Richard Ames, explained how he felt the move will further the prospects of the company, adding:

“The move enables Hornby Hobbies to improve upon turnaround times and creates an infrastructure that provides a platform for growth while improving our service to both consumers and customers.”

Mr Ames was also keen to stress that, despite the warehouse being managed in association with a private logistics firm, there were no redundancies to any Hornby members of staff, with all workers at the old site offered a job transfer.

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