Sogefi 'to continue to invest in UK'

UK still relevant to firm, despite plant closure and sale of Crosland

Published:  01 March, 2013

FILTER manufacturer Sogefi has scotched rumours that it is no longer interested in the UK market.

Speaking at a press conference at the firm's plant in Vire, Normandy Andrea Taschini, GM of the aftermarket division said "The message I want to get out is that Sogefi is an OE supplier and that it will continue to invest in Britain and Ireland."

The firm recently closed a manufacturing plant in Llantrisant, South Wales with the loss of around 200 jobs. This was followed by the sale of the Crosland brand to distributor ECP, which was completed in February.  A statement from Sogefi made it clear that Crosland filters will no longer 'be made by or in any way associated with Sogefi'.

However, the firm was keen to stress that it had opened a new warehouse and distribution hub in Leicestershire, as well as expanding sales office operations in Wales.

Admitting that the UK 'is the most complicated in Europe' Signor Taschini stressed that the Llantrisant plant 'could not be modernised' as the fabric of the building was not suitable for modern equipment. 'You need to be very smart to be successful in the UK' he concluded.

Sogefi currently markets products under the Purflux and Coopers Fiam names as well as the Fram brand under licence.

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