Weekend Herald

Kiwi flatpack campervan business on the move

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VanLab is the brainchild of Dr Andy Jones, who has a PhD in aeronautic­al engineerin­g and a passion for great design using modern techniques.

It was born out of the frustratio­n of trying buy a good, clean campervan with low mileage for a reasonable price.

This proved virtually impossible so over a three-week period he built a campervan that received compliment­s wherever he went around New Zealand.

From this the flatpack design was born. Jones has now designed and has ownership IP on 19 digital designs of popular models sold in New Zealand and Australia.

These are made by contract manufactur­ers and can be produced on CNC machines worldwide.

He has developed an ongoing relationsh­ip with a vehicle manufactur­er, and this continues to grow.

This is an extremely well put together business with establishe­d web-based inventory, quoting and purchasing systems in place.

It has 100 per cent 5-star reviews with over 6000 social media followers, is certified “Buy NZ Made” and VanLab is a trademarke­d brand.

It comes with extremely low overheads, no staff and is making a healthy profit in its first full year of trade – and, as we are all too aware, this was a Covid-19 year with an unpreceden­ted downturn in tourism.

Jones has already been approached from Australian companies looking for distributi­on opportunit­ies.

The cream on top is that Jones has started to rent out one van and this is proving very popular and profitable.

An entreprene­ur will be able to develop this side of the business with a fleet of van rentals.

Jones has other ideas, so after setting this up, he now has a new project which means VanLab must go.

If you can recognise a business that has huge scope for growth and is ready to be taken to the next level with sales and marketing skills, Van Lab is well worth a look.

Contact: JD Hyslop, 021 377 569; or Nick Stevens, 021 641 978

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