ATS Euromaster to merge with Tructyre
ATS Euromaster and Tructyre are to merge creating a dedicated truck tyre servicing business. Tructyre ATS will cater for vehicles from 3.51 tonnes and above, covering trucks, trailers, buses and coaches, and ATS Euromaster will focus on lighter vehicles’ tyres and maintenance.
Tructyre was purchased by the ATS Euromaster group in October 2017, with the aim now to replicate its success in the south on a national scale. Four new regional divisions will be created – the south-west, Midlands, north and Scotland – which will be managed by their own regional MD.
It is hoped that the transfer of HGV operations to Tructyre ATS will enable ATS Euromaster to focus on demand in the light vehicle sector, which represents approximately half of ATS Euromaster’s business. Additional expansion is expected from the continued growth of the van sector and as uptake of electric vehicles increases.
ATS Euromaster group MD Martin Kellett said: “Our goal is to achieve long-term sustainability and so it makes sense for us to separate the two different sides of our business. By setting ourselves up in this way, our teams will be able to deliver tailored support and the highest standards of dedicated customer service.”
Tructyre founder and CEO Glenn Sherwood explained: “Tructyre ATS is set to become the largest service provider in the UK specialising in the management of tyres for HGV operators. We will also be in the unique position of having the only truly consistent national offering for local, regional and national HGV fleet customers. Our goal is to ensure we provide continuity and consistently high levels of service. We will draw on the expertise of both organisations and use the latest tyre management technology to deliver first-class service and maximum fleet uptime.”
The south-east will be the first region to move to the new structure, followed by the south-west, with the changes expected to be complete by early 2019. In future, mixed vehicle fleets will be reviewed on an individual basis, and businesses operating predominantly light vehicles will likely remain as an ATS Euromaster customer, with any HGV work contracted to Tructyre ATS; HGV fleets are likely to transfer to Tructyre ATS, while national fleet customers will continue to be managed by ATS Euromaster until all Tructyre ATS regions are up and running.
South West Trucks & Van buys Aquila Swindon and Avonmouth
South West Truck & Van has purchased the business and assets of Aquila Truck Centres in Swindon and Avonmouth.
The agreement will see operations continue from the two former Aquila sites, while all employees have been transferred over to the new company.
South West Truck & Van has also been appointed as an Iveco main dealer across the region. Avonmouth will retain its Iveco Truck Station status, which identifies it as one of 250 specialised HGV service locations along the main transport corridors of Europe.
David Sims, dealer principal at South West Truck & Van said: “We see huge potential for the business and intend to be at the front of the queue pursuing new opportunities and opening new doors. Today’s Iveco product range is first class, particularly with the ability to offer fleets a choice between ultra-clean Euro-6 diesel or natural power trucks, plus the option of electric traction or 2020 RDE Ready models with the Daily.”
IVECO network director Adam Harris said: “South West Truck & Van impressed us with its vision for the business and we’re delighted to award it the full sales, service and parts franchise.”