Britcom promotes two of its long-serving staff members

Britcom promotes Carmichael and Day

Britcom has promoted two members of staff into associate director positions. Brent Carmichael, who joined the company in 1992, is now Britcom’s associate director of engineering, and Adam Day, appointed in 2005, is now its associate director of sales.

Carmichael, the longest serving out of the duo, was Britcom’s workshop manager, and after the firm moved to its 14-acre site in Market Weighton, he was promoted to engineering manager.

He explained to CM what his latest role entails: “My latest promotion to the position of associate director will allow me to concentrate on developing the engineering side of the business, working with old and new customers alike, forging relationships with stakeholders and ensure Britcom is set to cope with the legislative demands in a rapidly evolving industry.”

Day was business development manager when he joined, before a decision to focus on Britcom’s UK used vehicle sales operation saw him become UK sales manager.

“The promotion to associate director will allow me to contribute to the strategic direction of the business which is a challenge that I am very much looking forward to,” Day commented.  

Britcom’s joint MD, Chris Urwin, praised their commitment to Britcom: “These promotions are well-deserved for two loyal and committed employees who have already contributed to Britcom’s success over recent years”.

Morris Commercial reveals new electric JE Van

Morris JE Van

Morris Commercial unveiled its 2.5-tonne electric JE Van at the Design Museum in London. Due to enter full-production in late 2021, the Worcestershire-based manufacturer says it will use a 60kWh lithium-ion battery, have a range of around 200 miles, and a 1-tonne payload.

Inspired by the original 1948 Morris J-Type van, the new JE will be produced in the UK and features a similar design to its spiritual predecessor. The battery, which can be restored to 80% after a 30 minute fast charge, will be UK-sourced too and gives the van 90kW of power.

The production version will be made out of carbon fibre, unlike the prototype revealed at the event, which uses an aluminium construction.

The company’s founder and CEO Dr Qu Li, stated that the reasoning behind wanting carbon fibre was to make the vehicle “light and spacious”.

Morris Commercial’s engineering leader Tony Frazier, added that “using carbon fibre tooling is cheaper than steel or aluminium equipment when producing our amount of vehicles per year”.

Buyers of the JE van can expect a 2.4m long 5.5m3 loading bay capable of holding two euro pallets, and a price tag of £60,000 when it goes on sale in 2021. 

Initially, 1,000 of the JE panel vans will be produced, and Morris Commercial tells CM that there are plans to introduce a JE minibus and pickup, but didn’t specify when this would happen. 

“It is a delight to unveil the new Morris JE to the world and for us to show what we have been working so hard to achieve,” Li concluded.