MAN's Modification Centre completes huge British Military vehicle upgrade

George Barrow
April 22, 2021


MAN’s Manchester Modification Centre has completed a vehicle modification programme of 382 vehicles for the British Military’s Logistic Corps.

The Modification Centre had to install and integrate a new pallet and container loading system (Enhanced Palletised Load System - EPLS) onto the HX trucks which were delivered to the MoD under a separate contract in 2005.

A new team of more than 40 technicians were recruited for the contract period of 32 months and once stripped down each of the 382 vehicles were re-engineered and fitted with a 2,500 component ‘retrofit’ kit to allow them to load both standardised 20-foot containers and their pallet loading system.

Thomas Hemmerich, CEO MAN Truck & Bus UK, said; “The EPLS re-engineering project has been a huge success for MAN Truck & Bus UK. Throughout the process and the constantly changing uncertainties of Covid-19 pandemic, the entire team has remained professional and focussed and their commitment is a testament to the capabilities we have and can offer our customers.

“The final vehicle, EPLS 382, was delivered back to the MoD on the 18th March 2021 meeting the contract completion date, which in the current climate is a huge achievement for all parties involved and something we should all be proud of.”

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George Barrow

George has been writing about nearly anything with wheels for the past 15 years and is the UK jury member of the International Van of the Year and International Pick-Up Award.

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