Commercial vehicle distributor Harris Maxus is set to open new UK headquarters at Birchwood Park, Warrington.

The new site is part of expansion plans by the Dublin-based firm which is forecasting growth of over 200% in 2021.

Harris Maxus is the sole distributor for the Maxis diesel and electric range of vehicles in the UK and right-hand drive markets in Europe.

Harris is part of a partnership signed in 2015 with Chinese manufacturer SAIC Motor - the name behind Maxus, which won the 2020 MT Clean Fleet Van of the Year Award.

Previously all operations for Maxus UK were overseen from Harris’ global headquarters in Ireland.

Birchwood Park was chosen because of its links to the M6 and M62 motorway interchange.

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The Birchwood Park base will house Maxus UK’s employees and act as a parts depot, with offices and a warehouse on site.

It will also include a training room for engineers taking part in Maxus’ technical training academy.

Mark Barrett, general manager of Harris Maxus said: "The creation of a UK HQ is an important step for our business activities and only strengthens our commitment to the UK market.

“Maxus has become a leader in the electric vehicle sector and our success in this area will only continue as electric vehicles become more and more popular in the years ahead.

“We are currently forecasting growth of 200% in 2021 and have plans to expand our network of dealers right across the UK.

“The past 12 months have been difficult for the industry as a whole, but we are looking forward to what the next year has in store.”