MAN truck sales director to retire after 33 years

David Cussans, UK truck sales director at MAN Truck & Bus UK Ltd, is to retire at the end of the summer after 33 years with the company.

Cussans joined MAN in 1988 as a national fleet sales manager but between 2010 and 2017 worked for sister brand Scania, as regional executive director before returning to MAN as UK truck sales director in 2017.

Thomas Hemmerich, MAN Truck & Bus UK MD, said: “David has had a long and extremely successful career in our industry, and his input to the success of this company has been invaluable. However, after decades of working in the business, David has now decided to take a well-earned break and we all wish him all the very best and thank him for his remarkable contribution.”

Speaking about his departure, Cussans said: “I have been incredibly fortunate to have worked in such a dynamic and colourful industry, and to have met and worked with so many great people. I have always loved the MAN business and product range and I am proud to have played a part in the development of the UK company. Thanks to the focus, commitment and engagement of the whole team and the entire dealer network, we have made huge progress in all areas of our business, and I am sure that the solid foundations will continue to be built upon and lead to further success”

MAN has yet to name a successor to Cussans, but said an announcement will be made shortly.

Fraikin re-opens its Bristol workshop

Fraikin has re-opened its Bristol depot in order to rely less on third party contractors.

It is hoped the dedicated workship will significantly increasing the percentage of maintenance performed in-house and help manage vehicle operating costs for customers. Keeping a closer connection with customers will also be a benefit of the re-opened site with should also speed up repairs and reduce downtime.

Darren Hall, Fraikin MD, said: “Though the standard of maintenance remained high after we closed the Bristol workshop in 2018, operating costs were consistently increasing. Re-opening the Bristol site is a great way of taking back control, allowing us to cost-effectively provide the level of service our customers expect moving forward.

Hall added: “It’s all about relationships, and when we have a vehicle coming into our own site every six weeks we can build a better understanding of the customer’s business and prioritise work accordingly. With access to our national parts supply chain, customers also benefit from faster repairs and reduced VOR times.”

In addition to the existing four members of staff at the Bristol rental facility – which remained open after the workshop closed – the new maintenance depot has initially created roles for four new technicians as well as a collection and delivery driver.