ATE Truck and Trailer sales celebrate 20,000 vehicles

ATE Truck and Trailer, based in Wolverhampton, is celebrating passing a milestone that has seen them acquire 20,000 vehicles.

It has taken 12 years and the best part of £80m to reach. James Jenkins, MD, said the last few years have seen a large growth in the business. “It took us eight years to buy our first 10,000 vehicles but only four years to buy the second 10,000. 

“During the last 12 years we have seen some very big changes in the market but have a fantastic team that have always been able to adapt and move with the times, driving the business forward. We have recently expanded the truck sales side of the business and continue to work as one of the UK’s leading suppliers of quality used trailers worldwide,” he said.

ATE Truck and Trailer operate from a 14-acre head office in Wolverhampton, and from a sales office on Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground, near Leicester. The company has 800 vehicles, with a wide range of 7.5 tonne to multi wheel rigids, tractor units and trailers available at any one time. “We are looking forward to buying the next 20,000 vehicles in record time,” Jenkins added.

Truck sales now account for around 35% of the business, representing a massive growth from the 12% it accounted for at the start of 2011. Jenkins revealed that ATE bring fresh stock in all the time at the rate of around 150 to 200 vehicles and trailers a month, with the sales team making sure these go back out again just as quickly with sales currently running at around 2,500 annually. Export sales account for 40% of that figure with Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe currently the top destinations for vehicles that have passed through ATE.

Commercial director, Allan Evans said every business needs to get value for money. “With operating margins so tight this is especially true in the commercial vehicle sector. My vision has always been to provide a facility for the transport industry that is a one stop shop.

“At ATE customers can now buy or lease new commercial vehicles, trailers and refurbished stock. Our strategic link with Asset Alliance Ltd also means we can provide financial packages for new and used equipment. We will also take vehicles back in part exchange. I believe the way we are now set up is the way to go.”

Volvo FH officially launched in Gothenburg

After one of the most hyped run-ups to a truck launch in years, with everything from leaked pictures from a Chinese model factory to a viral video campaign, it's finally here! The all new Volvo FH.

In a gala event in Volvo's home town of Gothenburg, starring top Swedish magician Joe Labero and the wire-walking star of that video, Faith Dickey, the latest Volvo FH was unveiled in the obligatory cloud of dry ice.

Around 1000 guests saw the live performance, and many thousands more joined via video links around the world, including a British connection to Birmingham, hosted by BBC F1 presenters David Coulthard and Jake Humphreys. 

For more on Volvo's new flagship pick up a copy of Commercial Motor tomorrow (6 September). You can also see it in the metal, as well as drive a host of other trucks, at next month's Commercial Motor Live event. Book your place at the industry's biggest event now.