SMT GB confirms repair van investment

VOLVO distributor SMT GB has appointed Northgate Vehicle Hire to a four-year agreement to provide and maintain 150 Mercedes Sprinter repair vans. The aim is to support engineers and maximise the uptime of Volvo kit.

Northgate is replacing SMT GB’s existing fleet of vans over two years and working with Tevo and Gardner Denver to customise interiors. SMT GB explained that each van includes on-board power generation, compressors, jump-start equipment, welding machines, Wi-Fi for diagnostics machines, bespoke racking, customised interior and exterior lighting, washbasins, a kettle and safety features including first aid kits and eyewash.

Nathan Upchurch, service solutions manager at SMT GB said, “The success of SMT GB is based on the highest quality maintenance and servicing. To remain the industry leaders in customer support, we have to support our engineers with the correct equipment and tools to do the job. The new vans are very much appreciated by our engineers, with increased driver satisfaction and comfort, and will also assist with the recruitment of new engineers in a highly competitive market. The investment in this area of the business certainly sends a clear signal that our engineers are very important to us.”

Keith Shorter, new business manager at Northgate added, “With customers of all sizes across the construction supply chain, Northgate understand the importance of reducing the downtime of business-critical machinery. We are delighted to be the only company which could deliver a solution to a complex brief from SMT GB. We are proud to have delivered a service that benefits SMT GB, and ultimately, hundreds of construction projects across Great Britain.”