Brigade Electronics prepared for a no-deal Brexit
Company says it has taken measures to ensure limited or no impact on its business
BRIGADE Electronics, suppliers of vehicle safety systems, say they have taken measures for a ‘no-deal’ Brexit and are confident there will be limited, if any, impact on business.
In the event of no deal, the company has made provisions both for the manufacture and future compliance of products to ensure that they have the correct approvals for the UK and EU markets.
Brigade’s quality and standards manager, David Wallin, said: ‘All of our products have UN-ECE approvals. Therefore, vehicle manufacturers, body builders and others who require type approval certification can rest assured that Brigade products are Brexit-proof and will conform after 29 March 2019.’
To cope with continued rapid growth plus increased stock levels as a contingency for import and export delays, Brigade have doubled their footprint with an additional new 25,000 sq ft warehouse in Dartford. The company also has European subsidiaries in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and France, which means it can ship to anywhere in Europe.
Group managing director Philip Hanson-Abbott said: ‘Where our EU subsidiaries do not have warehouses, we are opening new ones. We will have a total of five warehouses across Europe. In addition, we have looked at the possible effects of foreign exchange movements, which have been hedged to secure long-term continuity.’
For European customers, products will be held in a customs-bonded warehouse in the UK. From here products will be imported into the warehouses in Europe to service customers in those territories from a Brigade subsidiary company.
Brigade say they have also planned for every scenario with regard to the Irish border, so that no matter what the outcome, they anticipate no issues or changes to current business.
Mr Hanson-Abbott added: ‘Our goal is to continue, post-Brexit, to deliver products to our customers in a timely manner, with no extra cost or administration involved.’