Get the scoop on the world’s leading ice cream van manufacturer

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For next week’s Commercial Motor magazine we visited Whitby Morrison operations director Ed Whitby, who along with father Stuart and younger brothers Kris and Nick, work for the world’s leading ice cream van manufacturer. The Crewe-based family-run firm, which has over 50 years of history behind it, is widely considered to be the Rolls-Royce of the ice cream van world.

“We are building more than ever - in fact we’re working flat-out seven days a week to meet demand for new ones. And last year we put 100 new vans on the road, 85 of which stayed in the UK.” Ed Whitby, operations director, Whitby Morrison

Whitby Morrison is a British manufacturing success story, and its products are exported around the world. Over the years it has sold its vans to more than 60 countries, including Kurdistan, Malawi, the Caribbean and Australia. During CM’s visit it was completing a van for Libya, the 13th to go to the country in six years.

A growing revenue stream for the manufacturer is restoring vintage ice cream vans. “Everyone loves a bit of retro” exclaims Whitby, who says this part of the business started to develop in the 1990s.

Learn everything about the process of turning vans into ice cream selling machines by reading our 6-page feature in the Summer Special issue of Commercial Motor magazine. Coming out on 8 August, this bumper issue will feature 16 extra pages!

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Bevan “one-stop shop” clinches DX order

The Bevan Group’s ability to handle every aspect of the order was a key factor in an order for 160 new 7.5-tonne bodies for DX.

The whole process was completed within an eight week time-frame and covered everything in-house including body building and fitting, and application of the parcel carrier’s new livery. Mounted on MAN TGL chassis, the Bevan21 curved roof box bodies also feature DEL 1,000kg tuckaway tail-lifts, all of which will be maintained by Bevan’s Aftercare Response division. 46 of the new trucks represent an expansion of the fleet, the remainder replacing existing assets.

DX Group fleet and compliance director Darren Bell says “I’ve only been in the business a little over a year, and this was my first experience of dealing with Bevan Group. I’m happy to confirm that it has surpassed all of my expectations. The order covered a substantial number of vehicles, but Bevan Group committed to a tight, eight-week production schedule, which it then met. It also did so without prejudicing quality, as the bodies are clearly built to a very high standard.”

With headquarters in Wednesbury in the West Midlands, the Bevan Group is a former Commercial Motor Award winner, taking the inaugural Bodybuilder of the Year category in 2017.