Rally Driver Barry Renwick of Techservices, cut the ribbon at the official opening of a new super branch in Gateshead on behalf of WYKO, an ERIKS Company on Friday 16th November. WYKO, an engineering supplies firm, has opened the 11,000 sq ft sized branch on the Team Valley Trading Estate to give local companies in the North East easy access to an unrivalled level of readily available product lines and on hand advice from product specialists and technical experts.
The ribbon cutting ceremony, which was also attended by WYKO´s CEO Mark Dixon, was part of a two-day event that saw a number of WYKO´s local customers visiting the new branch and being given guided tours of its impressive facilities which include a vast warehouse, a sales office, a trade counter and a conference room/training facility which is available for customers to use. Visitors were also treated to a first look at Barry Renwick´s latest Techservices Subaru World Rally Car and invited to enter a prize draw to win a replica model petrol remote control car version, as well as other prizes including a Nintendo Wii.
On hand to give visitors advice about their specific needs at the event were product specialists from the branch, manufacturers including Habasit and Renold Chains and a number of pump manufacturers: ITT Lowara; Grundfos; Gardner Denver. WYKO intends to develop the branch into a specialist pump centre for the North East which customers can use as a "one-stop-shop" for products and specialist advice for all of their pump related needs.