Co Ty­rone firm se­cures van con­ver­sion deal worth £8m

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - News - BY MAR­GARET CAN­NING

A VE­HI­CLE con­ver­sion com­pany has com­pleted an £8m deal to sup­ply vans for the trans­port of bull se­men in tanks.

TBC Con­ver­sions has se­cured the con­tract to sup­ply 350 adapted ve­hi­cles to Genus Breed­ing, an an­i­mal ge­net­ics com­pany.

The Volk­swa­gen Caddy Kombi and Caddy vans have been mod­i­fied for the trans­porta­tion of bull se­men con­tained in liq­uid ni­tro­gen tanks.

The ve­hi­cle com­pany is based in a fac­tory in Dun­gan­non and em­ploys 55 peo­ple, con­vert­ing ve­hi­cles for wheel­chair driv­ers and pas­sen­gers, as well as minibuses and taxis for the com­mer­cial and pub­lic sec­tor.

TBC, which was es­tab­lished in 2006, also car­ries out spe­cial­ist ve­hi­cle con­ver­sions such as the con­tract with Genus Breed­ing and other re­frig­er­a­tion units.

David Don­nell, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of TBC Con­ver­sions, said: “This ve­hi­cle con­tract with Genus Breed­ing could have gone any­where in the UK or Ire­land but we are de­lighted to have se­cured this for the re­gion.

“It’s the lat­est con­tract in our con­tin­u­ing growth which is at­trib­ut­able to our great team and fo­cus on cus­tomer care and in­no­va­tion in ve­hi­cle adap­tions,” Mr Don­nell said. He added that TBC was the only firm in the prov­ince to have Volk­swa­gen’s au­tho­ri­sa­tion for com­mer­cial con­ver­sions.

“Spe­cial­ist con­ver­sions for busi­ness ve­hi­cles across all sec­tors is strong and as the only com­pany in North­ern Ire­land to have at­tained the Volk­swa­gen Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cles Recog­nised Con­ver­tor sta­tus, the com­pany is trusted and re­lied upon by man­u­fac­tur­ers and cus­tomers alike.”

Adrian Davies, global fleet and cost man­ager at Genus Breed­ing, said: “We had a very chal­leng­ing spec­i­fi­ca­tion for our fleet and were im­pressed with how TBC Con­ver­sions han­dled the project.

“From the out­set they were pro­fes­sional and de­liv­ered each el­e­ment of the brief on time and on bud­get with the en­gi­neer­ing ex­cel­lence of the team ev­i­dent in the fin­ished ve­hi­cles.”

In July, the com­pany an­nounced it had recorded 40% growth in sales of wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble ve­hi­cles over the pre­vi­ous 12 months.

Be­tween June 2017 and June 2018, the firm had con­verted and sold 481 Mo­bil­ity ve­hi­cles with al­most 80% sold to Great Bri­tain.

The busi­ness em­ploys around 55 peo­ple and has part­ner­ships with around 20 Volk­swa­gen deal­er­ships in the prov­ince.

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