Co Tyrone firm secures van conversion deal worth £8m
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.