The UK branch of Indonesian catering equipment manufacturer Nayati is to close.
Mark Campey, group chief executive of Hull-based parent company Minstergate Group, told Catering Insight: “I have taken the decision to wind down Nayati of which we will be doing during 2019.
“This was a tough decision, however given my reduced involvement with the factory we felt that with the lack of support from Indonesia and other businesses commitments shadowing the Nayati operation it made sense to divest. I’ve invested over £1m in the UK market and it just hasn’t taken off.”
The brand was brought to the UK by Campey in 2013, with Stuart Campbell serving as MD until late 2014.
Nayati UK was based out of an £800,000 purpose-built warehouse and R&D facility in Hull, which will also soon shut.
The stock which was held in the premises is now being sold in an online auction hosted by Eddisons. The unused catering equipment comprises 450 items including fryers, chargrills, griddles, prep tables, gas and induction hobs and stock pots.
Bidding ends on 31 January at noon, with viewing available at Nayati’s premises tomorrow from 10am-4pm. Successful bidders are required to collect the appliances between 4-6 February.
In 2017, the UK servicing contract for Nayati’s equipment passed to the Certa Group, after Campey took the decision to disband specialist sister firm, Nationwide Catering Engineers.
Campey confirmed that: “With regards to support, Certa are fully trained on all of the Nayati equipment and are primed to support the product going forward.”
He concluded: “My Minstergate Motor Group has been expanding rapidly and this is where my focus is. Given the current market uncertainty it makes sense to focus on the motor group as the bigger groups are selling sites. In the last 12 months we have acquired two sites and we have a used car supermarket opening on Friday.”