A SOUTHAMPTON import company has been named as the distribution partner of a business that is responsible for making a popular construction toy.

US-based K’Nex has appointed Import Services, in Southampton container port, as its supply chain logistics partner as it launches its new UK operation.

K’Nex building sets are designed to let children build and create models by connecting together specially designed building parts. Products include construction sets to build everything from the K’Nex theme-park roller coasters, to licensed building sets such as The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine and Super Mario sets.

President of K’Nex brands Michael Araten said: “As we monitored activity in our international markets, I became increasingly confident that the success measures instituted by our outstanding US sales and marketing team could encourage growth in other countries too.

“We are excited to open our doors, work hand-in-hand with consumers and retailers in the UK and continue the growth of K’Nex brands.”

Import Services is the port-centric retail logistics company for the UK, handling products for a number of leading toy companies, including Flair GP, Melissa & Doug and Toymaster.