Unlike other industries that have already seen massive increases, Klarius has so far used its extensive UK stock of exhaust systems, components and accessories to limit price rises to the aftermarket. However, the continuing rises in global energy costs are now being compounded by direct sanctions on trade with Russia, which is also pushing up raw materials costs for manufacturing industry. This means price rises are set to continue – but are being kept to a minimum.
“Conflict has translated into energy and raw material supply issues, which is causing price rises across all markets,” says Mark Brickhill, CEO at Klarius. “For industries particularly reliant on energy, like steel, this has caused an exponential rise in prices. As we use high-quality steel and aluminium to produce our type-approved aftermarket exhausts, we are directly affected, which means we are raising prices, but only by a small proportion compared to the energy and commodity markets.”
Klarius’ position as a UK manufacturer has allowed it to absorb the worst of commodity price rises. Less reliant than the EU market on energy exports from Eastern Europe, the UK has avoided the worst effects of supply issues with natural gas and oil.
Furthermore, large stockholdings of raw materials and finished products at Klarius ensure that it is not as badly affected by global logistics issues, offering robust localised production. LEAN manufacturing principles at Klarius also optimise material usage and enable economical production, with these cost advantages being passed directly to Klarius customers including stockists, distributors and garages.
“As well as using our unique position to absorb the worst of energy and commodity market fluctuations, we are also working closely with our key suppliers to ensure we have exactly what we need. We are thankful to our trusted partners who are supporting us in minimising the impact of current conditions, which is also helping us improve vertical integration across our supply chain,” says Mark.
“Our customers can be assured they will still have access to the market leading quality, availability and next morning delivery that defines our service. We are closely monitoring the situation and will react accordingly to safeguard our customers as market conditions stabilise.”