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Wickens Car Racks Help to Improve Yard Operation

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Growing a business without moving to a larger site can prove to be a challenge. If the current premises are already at full capacity, additional vehicles on site can significantly affect the yard operation causing delays and potential damage to the stock. On the other hand, capital investments related to relocation could be extremely high and the whole process proves to be very time consuming. Does Wickens Engineering have the answer? 


Wickens Engineering, a Worcester-based racking manufacturer with 40 years’ experience in the industry, has been helping vehicle dismantlers to overcome this issue. The company has developed a range of Car Racks suitable for storage of up to four vehicles in height, which allows a significant reduction to the vehicle footprint on site. However, Wickens is also known for its bespoke storage solutions to suit non-standard requirements, such as storage of larger vehicles or increased height of racking systems for even greater storage capacity. 

Tony Collins, Sales Director at Wickens, highlighted that Car Racks have many more benefits than just the reduction of vehicle footprint. He said, “Our storage systems are popular amongst vehicle dismantlers, who often place repeat orders after they realise the return on investment that our products are able to offer.

“They can help organise and improve the yard operation as vehicles are stored safely and damage free and each one can be accessed individually in minimal time.”

One of many Wickens customers, A1 BMW Specialists, confirmed that this is the case and said, “We can now get at any car quickly and efficiently which is great for us and our customers; it’s by far the best money I’ve spent on the yard.”

However, in order to achieve such improvements in the yard operation, additional factors should be considered prior to or alongside the racking purchase. Such factors might include the state of the ground in the yard, its slope, suitability of the forklift used for vehicle handling and even the shape of the yard. 

Wickens’ expertise in a complete storage solution project management is without a doubt beneficial for company’s customers.  

“We believe that our key strengths are our robust and reliable products and the level of service we offer to our customers,” says Tony, “We have been in business for decades and our team has the experience and knowledge in managing large racking projects from initial site survey to racking design, manufacture and installation whilst ensuring that customers’ requirements and expectations are met at every stage of the process.”

Wickens also offers a Certificate of Conformity on completion of its projects and all racks are compliant with the latest British and CE marking standards. 

So if you would like to learn more about Car Racks, meet the Wickens Team on stand C6 at CARS 2018 taking place on 11 and 12 July at NAEC, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, CV8 2LZ. 

If you are unable to attend the show this year but are interested in Car Racks and their benefits, visit Wickens website for more information or email

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Owain Griffiths

Owain Griffiths

Head of Circular Economy at Volvo Cars

Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

Turning into a circular business and the importance of vehicle reuse and recycling.

The presentation will cover the work Volvo Cars is doing to achieve 2025 but mainly focus on the transformational work towards 2040 and the business and value chain changes being considered. Attention will be paid to the way vehicles are being dealt with at the end of life and the complexities of closing material and component loops. Opportunities and challenges which Volvo Cars is facing will be presented including engagement with 3rd parties and increasing pressure from stakeholders.

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