Carl F Groupco has liaised with EU manufacturer partners including Fuhr and Roto to ensure additional buffer stock to protect hardware supply as the UK moves out of the Brexit transition period.

The company says it now has 25% additional stock including an extra 600,000 Euros of Fuhr and Roto stock, which was due for delivery before the New Year cut-off.

It has observed that all hardware supply chains are under pressure globally, not just EU based manufacturers, due to a post lockdown boom, shipping challenges and delays at ports for products from the Far East.

Managing director John Crittenden said: “Unfortunately, we are not immune to what you hear on the news, but supporting our customers’ production requirements through Brexit has 100% of our focus. We have all the necessary licences in place with our transport partners and HMRC to ensure we can clear customs without delay and our logistics providers are confident they are prepared. For UK supplied products including ASSA/Yale, Maco, Hoppe and Siegenia, we plan to add additional stock of high volume products. If for any reason we do not have stock of requested hardware, we will look to offer a suitable alternative. “

Additional racking was installed ahead of the first Brexit deadline in anticipation of increased stock holding and lorries will arrive almost daily during December at Carl F Groupco’s distribution centres in Peterborough and Cumbernauld to ensure shelves are stacked and prepared for 2021.