MAN opens new dealership in Gateshead

Gateshead MAN

MAN has opened a dealership in Gateshead as part of a £20m investment into the marque’s UK dealer network.
Located on the Team Valley Trading Estate, 2 miles from the A1/A194 junction, the 24,524sq ft dealership houses 12 workshops, one MoT ATF test lane, and four double vehicle EV charging points, making it the manufacturer’s first eMobility workshop.
Staffed by 20 technicians, MAN says the facilities should ensure downtime is kept to a minimum. The workshops are open 24-hours a day too excluding weekends, while the parts bin at the new Gateshead facility equates to £350,000, and is accessible 24/7.
A tachograph calibration rolling road, two new brake testers, compressors, steam clean ramps and a 3-tonne overhead crane can all be found inside, alongside 28m long inspection pits, jacking rails, lighting and airlines. Six 7.5-tonne Stertil Koni wireless mobile column lifts capable of raising 45 tonnes have also been installed.
The complex’s steel frame was UK-manufactured, as were the structure’s main beams. MAN hopes to keep the building’s carbon footprint low by maximising the use of natural light and high levels of thermal insulation added in the construction process. These energy saving measures, MAN predicts, could save 6.72 tonnes of CO2 per year.
Thomas Hemmerich, MD of MAN truck & Bus UK, said: “This considerable investment in a new purpose built state-of-the-art facility clearly demonstrates our long-term commitment to the North East and to our strong customer base in the area. The new facility will allow us to continue to grow further across the region and we’re all excited to have this opportunity.”

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