Harris Maxus has moved to a new premises in Liverpool as the company continues to grow its presence in the UK.
The new Harris HQ is quadruple the size of the previous Harris Headquarters which was opened in 2021 in Warrington.
Harris Maxus officially opened the new HQ at Gillmoss Industrial Estate with a ceremony that was presided over by Liverpool’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Roy Gladden (pictured).
Harris Group holds the distribution rights for Maxus vehicles across all right-hand drive countries in Europe and says it has seen significant growth in demand for its electric vehicle (EV) range of light commercial vans.
Owned By SAIC Motor Corporation, Harris Maxus is currently forecasting growth of more than 200% in the UK in 2023, with sales projections across the UK and Ireland for 2022 about 6,000 units.
The new 52,000 Sq ft premises will house 30 staff including Harris Maxus’ technical, distribution and sales teams in addition to a parts depot and warehouse.
A training centre for engineers taking part in Maxus’ technical training academy will also be on site.
Mark Barrett, general manager of Harris Maxus, said: "At the start of 2021, Harris opened its first UK headquarters in Birchwood Park, Warrington. In less than two years, we have outgrown what was already a sizeable building, moving to a new state-of-the-art campus in Liverpool.
“The success of Harris Maxus in the UK has exceeded all expectations. So far this year, we have seen Maxus vehicle registrations grow by 52% versus 2021, with 38% of our overall sales in 2022 attributable to our zero-emission range of vehicles.”
He continued: “Over the next two years, we have plans to introduce four new zero-emission platform vehicles to the market.
“Our move to Liverpool is central to our future plans and we are committed to growing our presence in the UK, creating more employment, developing our dealership network and making a valuable economic contribution both locally and nationally.”
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Liverpool’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Roy Gladden said: “Businesses are very much the bedrock of our city; not only do they contribute to the local economy by bringing growth and employment to the area, but they also bring innovation and fresh thinking.
“The Harris Group exemplifies all of these things, creating skilled jobs and driving the transition to greener motoring through its range of zero emission vehicles.
“It is with great pleasure that I welcome the team from Harris Maxus to Liverpool and wish them every success as the business continues to grow.”