The Company received its first export order in 1977 for the supply of specialist filters for Hovercraft operating between Kowloon in Hong Kong and the outlying islands in the South China sea. Today the Coventry Operation provides component, parts sales and export services for all Carwood products world wide.
Our associate companies overseas are based in Hong Kong and Shanghai. Besides providing support for Carwood Motor Units Ltd in sales, logistics and administration, they market, stock, and provide distribution and services for a diverse and complimentary range of products for the Chinese and Asian market, successfully targeting the engine manufacturers and large shipyards as their prime customers.
Carwood Motor Units Ltd also has sales and distribution facilities based in Singapore for both the local market and neighbouring countries.
Today our export division is a significant part of our overall business, it supplies both our UK range of products and services as well as specialist parts and components that are unique to our export Customers. The export office provides a complete service from enquiry to quotation, export packing, with shipment by sea, air, courier or overland. We are able to transact on ex works, F.O.B, C.I.F, D.D.U, or D.D.P terms according to Customers preference. For VOR and other urgent items we deliver to airports or to nominated freight forwarders. The associated overseas offices, warehouses and sales representation are an integral part of the service we provide. Living in a world of almost instant communication, our offices form the vital link at a local level and when necessary in the local language. This service gives considerable added value to our Customers with local stock for same day delivery. It also benefits our UK export office by keeping us alert to the opportunities and changing needs of the market place. As Carwood offices are located in Hong Kong and Shanghai with sales representation and warehousing in Singapore it facilitates export within the region to Macau, Indonesia and Malaysia.
Our overseas Customer base is primarily focused on PSV /coach operators, Rail operators, Construction companies, Power generation providers, Defence users and suppliers. Carwood exports to over 50 countries worldwide, these diverse locations around the world include Australia, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Denmark, Falklands, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Macedonia, South America, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.
Export products include:
- Specialist batteries
- Automotive instrumentation
- High output alternators
- Heavy duty starter motors
- Diesel injection pumps
- Diesel injectors
- Lighting including LED
- Electrical components
- Brake linings and brake pads
Additionally our offices have their own product ranges not offered by the UK, particularly for marine, naval and industrial applications
Since 1983 our export division has developed a significant export brake linings business. We work in partnership with TMD Friction as export managers providing the sales, marketing and logistic function for the Hong Kong and Singapore region for the famous DON and Textar brand which today includes heavy duty disc pads for truck and bus applications. Our braking offer includes full added value services and engineering support for customers, backed up with the R&D resources in Germany to address issues including brake noise, drum wear, safety and vehicle application suitability. These are valuable services at a time when our Customers overseas and at home are under pressure to reduce staff numbers and costs and to improve brake component life.
Our engineers also provide training at Customers workshops for their staff in both theory and practice. A series of training modules are available to cover elementary systems for workshop technicians through to the more complex needs of Customers senior engineering management. Engineering and training are provided for Partnership Customers during the period of the supply contract as part of the service and support package. We believe this to be a unique proposition and it has assisted our major braking Customers by improving workshop practices to extend component life and thereby reduce their costs. Last and by no means least it has improved safety procedures.
Carwood are continually developing trade around the globe and always welcome enquiries from both potential customers and business partners or distributors.