TVS Group takes over Wilcox

TVS Wisbech factory

Total Vehicle Solutions (TVS) Group, the Wisbech-based manufacturer of commercial vehicle ancillaries (pictured), has expanded its portfolio with the acquisition of Wilcox Group Ltd, makers of aluminium rigid and trailer tipping bodies and exclusive UK agents for CIFA Mixers. This is TVS Group’s first acquisition since its 2019 creation, which brought together SB Components, Priden Engineering and McPhee mixers.

The founders of the Wilcox business, which operates out of a 45,000sq ft facility in Market Deeping and employs 100 staff, Vito Ronzano and Chris Bartlett, will continue to lead it under the new ownership.

TVS Group executive chairman Craig Harris said: “Wilcox brings another leading UK specialist manufacturing firm into TVS Group. It gives me great pleasure to welcome the highly skilled team led by Vito and Chris, who have led the business from strength to strength in recent years. We have had the pleasure of working with Wilcox on a number of occasions and know how highly regarded the business is in the industry. Wilcox will expand our customer offer as we continue to build the TVS Group as the leading player in providing manufacturing solutions to the commercial and industrial vehicle industry in the UK and Europe.”

Wilcox MD Ronzano added “This is a significant milestone for Wilcox and we are excited to be joining TVS Group who can take our growth to the next level. We look forward to offering our clients even more services and products and pooling expertise and resources with other TVS Group companies. Chris Bartlett and I would like to thank the whole team at Wilcox for their continued hard work and dedication, especially over the last year, which has seen has us continue to deliver for customers to the highest standard, despite the challenges of the pandemic.”


MAN’s UK boss Thomas Hemmerich has been reassigned to South Korea

MAN Truck & Bus UK MD Thomas Hemmerich (pictured) will be replaced by Stefan Thyssen on 1 July.

Hemmerich, who has headed-up the UK operation since 2017, has been appointed MD of MAN Truck and Bus Korea, where his areas of responsibility will include South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Commenting on his new role, Hemmerich said: “It is with mixed emotions that I will be leaving the UK. I have really enjoyed my time leading the team in the UK. I have been privileged to work with an outstanding team of individuals.

“I am delighted to announce that Stefan Thyssen – previously financial director of MAN Truck & Bus UK – will be returning to the UK as managing director and I would like to take the opportunity to wish him every success in his new role.”

Thyssen, who has been MD of the Scandinavian markets since 2020, said: “This will be a super exciting journey thinking about what lays ahead of us. I cannot wait to start meeting my old and new colleagues, out partners and of course our customers.”