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SHB Hire Ltd and Truckman continue relationship

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SHB is delighted to announce the renewal of the continued partnership with hardtop and accessory manufacturer Truckman. The relationship between the two British companies has developed over several years with Truckman providing quality hardtops and accessories for a range of vehicles.

In 2016 alone, the company provided SHB’s ever growing fleet with 270 new hardtops, allowing customers a more varied and high-quality level of business, capable of easily handling tough environments.

Most recently, the West Midlands’ based company delivered a collection of stylish and secure hardtops and bedliners to a fleet of more than 100 Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger, Isuzu D-Max and VW Amarok vehicles. The hardtops ensure SHB customers of optimum safety as they are the only models in the UK to be compatible with the Hilux Active ladder gantry/rear window guard, whilst also improving the overall functionality.

Truckman’s Chairman Mike Wheeler said: “We are very proud of our longstanding relationship with SHB, which continues to flourish. In the last 12 months alone we have delivered a huge number of hardtops and accessories for its fleet of pick-up trucks, which add to the security and storage capabilities of the vehicles.

“It is also testament to the investments we have made at Truckman in our manufacturing and stockholding capabilities to ensure we can meet the volume and production quality requirements of a significant customer such as SHB.”

The ability to provide a service of such volume is a necessity as SHB hold ownership of having the largest 4x4 fleet in Europe.

Procurement manager Rick Williams was also quick to praise the extended affiliation, “It is great news to have Truckman on board for the future. We have had nothing but a positive working relationship with them that has benefited both companies as well as our customers.”

Truckman’s Chairman, Mike Wheeler added, “It’s been a pleasure to work in partnership with SHB. Our commercial hardtops are popular with large fleets such as SHB and we believe that is down to the robust and stylish British build and design, and being able to offer a bespoke solution to each customer. ”

Enterprise turn to Truckman for major fleet project

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Truckman has secured a significant project from national vehicle hire specialists Enterprise to supply almost 200 hardtops for its fleet of pick-up trucks.

The Dudley-based manufacturer and distributor of hardtops and 4x4 accessories will manufacture and fit its Truckman RS hardtops for a fleet of Toyota Hilux Double Cab Mitsubishi L200 Double Cab pick-ups.

This latest project follows on from an agreement with Enterprise to supply over 55 Truckman RS hardtops for a fleet of Ford Ranger pick-ups, which was completed earlier this year.

The hardtop-fitted Hilux and L200s will be part of Enterprise’s Flex-E-Rent service, which operates the widest range of commercial vehicles for rent in the UK. Offering more than 25,000 vehicles of all categories and classes, Flex-E-Rent caters for the diverse needs of commercial customers utilising vehicles in a variety of sectors.

The Truckman RS is one of the most robust cab high hardtops available and is ideal for use in off-highway industries such as construction, agriculture and utilities. Designed and manufactured in the West Midlands by Truckman, the RS is solid-sided and features a practical, wipe-clean interior.

With its non-drilling clamp fitting and toughened, tinted rear glass door, the Truckman RS keeps the truck bed concealed and secure.

Mike Wheeler, Executive Chairman of Truckman, said: “We’re proud to continue our relationship with Enterprise with this latest significant order of our British-Built hardtops. The investments we have made in our manufacturing operations together with additional fitting and stockholding capabilities ensure we can deliver volume contracts like this in a timely manner.

Jamie Atkinson, Group Vehicle Acquisition Manager at Enterprise Flex-E-Rent, said: “We’re very pleased to be able to use a British manufacturer for the continued supply of our hardtops. Truckman has an excellent reputation, which it lives up to with the quality of its products and service.

“The hardtops offered an added dimension to our fleet of pick-up trucks enhancing their storage capabilities and security. This is an important part of the Flex-E-Rent service, which provides tailored, bespoke vehicle solutions to our nationwide customers.”

TRUCKMAN HOSTS ISUZU SUBARU DEALER CONFERENCE

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Truckman, the UK’s leading manufacturer and distributor of pick-up hardtops and accessories, transformed its extensive West Midlands facility into a conference venue to host more than 250 UK motor industry professionals on behalf of Isuzu and Subaru.

The Dudley-based company became the first supplier to ever host the IM Group Dealer Conference at its premises, which provided the ideal setting to discuss industry issues and the group’s current and upcoming vehicle ranges.

Welcoming Isuzu and Subaru dealers from across the United Kingdom and guests from around the world, Truckman utilised its 120,000sq.ft premises to create a conference hall featuring stadium-style seating and audio visual equipment. IM Group has also created a heated outdoor space with catering facilities and seating in its external distribution area.

In addition to attending the conference, which also highlighted the upcoming trends and innovations in pick-up truck accessories, delegates were given a tour of Truckman’s product development and manufacturing facility, which is part of a recent £2.6m investment programme.

Truckman’s head office building has provided much-needed additional warehouse storage and hardtop fitting capacity to meet the increased demand from its multi-channel business stream.

Sales of its hardtops and its range of vehicle accessories have been driven by its strong relationships with Original Equipment (OE) customers, which include Isuzu.

Mike Wheeler, Joint Managing Director of Truckman, said: “We were very proud to host this important industry event for one of the world’s leading vehicle distributors. We have a long and successful relationship with Isuzu UK and were keen to host its dealer conference.

“The investment we have made in the business, in particular in our new facilities, provided a great setting for this conference and interesting discussions about future developments in our industry.”

Darren James, Group Resource Director from Isuzu, said: “Hosting our dealer conference at the premises of one of our established accessory suppliers has been a successful initiative and we would like to thank the team at Truckman for their hospitality. Isuzu has a very engaged dealer network and I am sure they took a lot away from the conference and enjoyed the experience of attending the event at Truckman.”

STEINBAUER ENHANCES TRUCKMANS POWER

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Truckman has secured the exclusive distribution rights in the UK for Steinbauer Performance for 4x4 Pick-up trucks, a unique engine accessory that increases the power and torque of diesel engines by around 20 percent.

The Steinbauer Performance Power Enhancement is an electronic module that plugs directly into existing engine electrics and increases the power of the engine by 20 percent once the electronics sense it is required, i.e. when overtaking, towing or off-roading.

Unlike cheaper alternative products, the desired performance enhancement is achieved by lengthening the duration of fuel injection, rather than increasing the fuel pressure, which can cause damage to the engine. This technology is unique to Steinbauer performance products, which in addition, increases the power only when necessary, at 65% power output, which limits excessive fuel consumption.

Truckman stock a Steinbauer kit for the majority of pick-up models. The modules all come with a three-year warranty and the facility for an optional extra of an on-off switch that allows the user to activate and deactivate the boost when necessary.

Steinbauer Performance is a OE independent developer, manufacturer and global supplier of electronic components and additional modules for modern diesel and turbocharged petrol engines.

Mike Wheeler, Managing Director of Truckman, said: “Securing the exclusive distribution rights for Steinbauer Performance‘s Power Enhancement is a major coup for Truckman and will deliver great value for our pick-up customers.

“Many of our clients use their vehicles for commercial purposes and transport heavy loads, which can make it difficult to reach the desired speeds – our new product will overcome this issue and many more faced by customers that require extra power.”

Gadget Show delivers early Christmas present to Truckman

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Christmas has come early for Truckman, the UK’s leading manufacturer and distributor of 4x4 hardtops and accessories, after Channel 5’s ‘The Gadget Show’ hosted the ultimate festive party for staff at its West Midlands headquarters.

The crew from the show, including presenter Amy Williams, spent a day with the Truckman team, decking out its newly designed showroom and sales office ready for a gadget-filled, office Christmas party.

The party, which was filmed for a special Christmas edition of the Gadget Show due to be broadcast on 16 December, included innovative lighting, music systems and some of the latest party games and treats for tech-fans.

As well as installing state-of-the-art technology to make the party go with a swing, the Truckman team took the chance to trial some of the must-have gadgets that will be at the top of many people’s Christmas lists this year.

Mike Wheeler, Managing Director of Truckman, said: “We had great fun filming with The Gadget Show and everyone got into the Christmas spirit, albeit a little early!

“Some of the gadgets, toys and technology they brought along were fantastic and our team had a blast trying them out. It was certainly the most futuristic Christmas party we’ve ever hosted and set the bar very high for future events!”

TRUCKMAN SPONSORS PICK-UP OF THE YEAR AT THE WHAT VAN AWARDS

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Truckman, the UK’s leading manufacturer and distributor of 4x4 hardtops and accessories,  has been confirmed as the sponsor of the Pick-up truck category at the industry famous What Van? Awards 2017.

Taking place on December 13, the What Van? Awards are renowned as the most-prized independent endorsements of excellence in the Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) industry.

Hundreds of industry professionals will attend the awards ceremony, which is being held at the prestigious The Brewery in the City of London, to celebrate the achievements of the LCV sector and unveil What Van? magazine’s vehicles of the year.

Every year the panel of What Van?’s editorial staff draw on expertise accrued over decades to select the light commercial vehicles, services and innovations they believe most deserve to be recognised.

The 2017 event will be the largest yet and includes several sponsored categories, among them the Truckman-sponsored Pick-up award. With a number of new pick-ups hitting the market in the past 12 months, competition for the award will be hotly-contested.

Truckman hardtops are renowned for their robust, secure and stylish features.

The company is the chosen UK OEM supplier for Isuzu, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen and is a highly-respected part of the after-market supply chain.

For nearly 30 years, the West Midlands-based manufacturer and distributor is best-known for its market leading Truckman range of hardtop canopies. The Truckman brand has been synonymous with high-quality commercial and luxury hardtops for several decades.

Mike Wheeler, Managing Director of Truckman, said: “We are very proud and excited to sponsor the What Van? Awards Pick-up category. The UK sector is going from strength to strength with pick-ups becoming increasingly popular as a reliable and effective choice of commercial vehicle.

“Their versatility and off-road capabilities, combined with their storage capabilities, which can be enhanced with the addition of a Truckman hardtop, makes pick-up trucks a natural choice for many companies.”

“The awards will be a great way to celebrate the achievements of the sector and recognise the prominent position pick-ups are taking in the LCV sector.”

TRUCKMAN TARGETS EXPORT GROWTH IN EUROPE

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Truckman, the leading manufacturer and distributor of 4x4 accessories, is aiming to more than double the export sales to Europe of its UK designed and built pick-up truck hardtops.

Currently accounting for 10 percent of its £12.5m turnover, the West Midlands-based company is targeting export sales to reach in the region of £2.8m over the next two years.

Truckman’s export drive is supported by its increased manufacturing and storage capacity at its factory in Dudley. Its recently-expanded 120,000sq ft. premises, which includes its new headquarters, new development facility and a much-needed additional warehouse space to enable Truckman to meet increased demand from UK and international customers.

The company will look to replicate its successful and long-standing relationships of the UK’s Original Equipment (OE) manufacturers, such as Isuzu, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen, with the ever growing international market.

As part of Truckman’s increased presence in Europe, the company is showcasing its renowned range of hardtops and pick-up accessories to the international market at one of the world’s premier industry exhibitions, Automechanika Frankfurt.

The event, which runs until 17 September, attracts more than 100,000 visitors and around 4,000 exhibitors from 74 countries. Truckman’s stand, 3.1 G10, feature a selection of its commercial and luxury leisure hardtops highlighting its UK design and manufacturing excellence.

Mike Wheeler, Managing Director of Truckman, said: “The investments we have made in the infrastructure of the business, together with our commitment to the highest quality of craftsmen-delivered design and manufacturing has provided the springboard we require to grow our export business.

“British manufacturing has a positive reputation around the world, which we are pleased to confirm with our quality hardtops and accessories. Automechankia is the ideal opportunity to build upon our existing international business and help highlight the skills and quality products we can offer the international market.”

TRUCKMAN LAUNCH FIAT APPROVED HARDTOP & ACCESSORY RANGE FOR FIAT FULLBACK

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Truckman has unveiled a comprehensive range of hardtops and accessories for the NEW Fiat Fullback pick-up truck.

Approved by Fiat and available through its dealer network and direct from Truckman, the range of accessories includes a collection of commercial and leisure hardtops, a choice of tonnneau covers and a selection of practical and stylish accessories.

Truckman is the UK’s leading hardtop and pick-up accessories specialist with more than 30 years working with Original Equipment (OE) manufacturers to develop a range of complementary products, which enhance vehicle practically without compromising on pick-up styling and quality.

Central to the collection is the UK’s best-selling luxury hardtop, the fully-featured Truckman Grand, which includes pop-out side windows, sliding bulk-head window, remote central locking and automatic interior light.

Joining the Grand in the UK-designed luxury hardtop range for the Fullback is the
GLS, which is ideal for dog owners with its sliding tinted side windows.

The collection is completed by two S-Series models, which feature a choice of solid or
glass gullwing doors.

For commercial customers, Truckman has introduced three practical, secure and easily customisable hardtops, which are designed, engineered and manufactured at the company’s factory in the West Midlands. Ideal for engineers, fleet managers and construction workers,

the range includes the cab-high Truckman RS, the high capacity Truckman Classic and the Truckman Utility which transforms the Fullback into the ultimate mobile workshop.

All of the Truckman hardtops come with a three-year warranty.

Also available for the Fiat Fullback from Truckman is a range of four truck bed tonneau covers including the popular Jack Rabbit, the Mountain Top Roller and the Max Sports cover. The company has also created a version of its new premium, solid aluminium Truckman Tonneau, which is available in black or silver and can be fitted with matching styling or cross bars.

Truckman’s Fullback range is completed by a selection of bed and exterior accessories ranging from bedliners and tool boxes to tow bars and styling bars.

The full collection can be found at www.autostylinguk.co.uk Mike Wheeler, Managing Director of Truckman, said: “The Fiat Fullback is a welcome addition to the UK pick-up market and we have developed a range of accessories that perfectly complement its practicality and styling.

“Our bestselling luxury hardtops, which are renowned for their secure and stylish design, together with our robust and exceptionally practical British-built commercial hardtops offer Fullback owners a comprehensive choice of accessories that will meet their leisure or business requirements.”

Mike added: “Thanks to our investment in our West Midlands facility and its large production and storage capabilities, we have an extensive stock-holding of our Fullback hardtops and accessories, which enables dealerships, commercial and web-based customers to immediately access the range that can be quickly dispatched across the UK.”

TRUCKMAN’S INTERNATIONAL DRIVE TO AUTOMECHANIKA FRANKFURT

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Truckman, the leading UK-based manufacturer and distributor, will showcase its renowned range of hardtops and pick-up accessories to the international market at one of the world’s premier industry exhibitions, Automechanika Frankfurt.

The event, which takes place between 13 and 17 September, attracts more than 100,000 visitors and around 4,000 exhibitors from 74 countries.

Truckman will be located at stand 3.1 G10, promoting its UK design and manufacturing excellence, and long-standing relationships with the UK OE’s including Fiat, Isuzu, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen. As well as highlighting its vast 100,000sq ft. premises which offers the largest stock of hardtops and pick-up accessories available in the UK.

On display will be a collection of commercial hardtops and accessories along with its bestselling luxury canopy, the Truckman Grand, all of which are all available for international export for a variety of pick-up models.

The iconic and solid sided, Truckman RS will be showcased on the NEW Nissan NP300 Navara, along with the Ford Ranger displaying the popular Jack Rabbit roller tonneau and one of the NEW skid resistant Truckman bedliners.

Completing the line-up of commercial hardtops will be the Truckman Utility, fitted to the newly-launched Fiat Fullback, which transforms the truck bed into a mobile workshop allowing tradesman to operate in off-road situations with secure, all round access to their tools and equipment.

Designed and manufactured by craftsmen at its large production facility in the West Midlands, its secure and robust commercial hardtops are popular with technicians, fleet managers and engineers across a range of industries including construction, agriculture, power distribution and telecoms.

Complementing the commercial canopies on the stand will be the bestselling luxury hardtop, the Truckman Grand which will be showcased on the NEW generation Toyota Hilux.

The Grand’s high quality specification includes pop-out side windows, remote central locking, roof bars, sliding bulk-head window, automatic interior light, tinted windows and vinyl lining.

Mike Wheeler, Managing Director of Truckman, said: “The quality of British design and manufacturing is internationally well-respected and we are proud to demonstrate this with our quality range of hardtops and accessories.

“We have made considerable investments into our UK production and distribution facilities allowing us to successfully export to the international market.Automechanika Frankfurt is an ideal event to help us build new relationships with European OE manufacturers and 4x4 accessory distributors and we look forward to welcoming visitors to our stand.”

TRUCKMAN LAUNCHES TWO NEW COMMERCIAL HARDTOPS FOR VW AMAROK

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Auto Styling Truckman are proud to launch two NEW ‘VW Approved’ British-built commercial hardtops for the Volkswagen Amarok.

Manufactured by craftsmen at the company’s West Midland’s facility, the Truckman RS and Utility hardtops offer customers a practical and robust storage area, ideal for commercial applications.

Featuring a practical wipe-clean interior, non-drilling clamp fitting and integrated spoiler, the cab-height Truckman RS combines the practicality of a commercial top with the styling of a leisure canopy. It also has solid sides and toughened, tinted rear door glass to keep the truck bed concealed and secure.

Boasting a large storage capacity, the Truckman Utility hardtop transforms the Amarok into a mobile workshop providing essential space for racking, tools and equipment, which can be accessed through its rear and gullwing doors.

The new made-to- order hardtops can be ordered via Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles network of 73 Van Centres.

Mike Wheeler, Managing Director of Auto Styling Truckman, said: “Businesses are increasingly using the practicality of pick-up trucks to their advantage and it’s important that quality commercial accessory products are readily available.

“We are very proud to continue our excellent relationship with Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles by designing and manufacturing two new approved hardtops, which will help business users get the most out of their Amarok.”

Trevor Hodgson-Phillips, Head of Service and Parts for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said: “The two new Truckman Amarok hardtops further enhance the range of off-the- shelf storage solutions we can offer as a brand. There is now even greater choice for business users and those Amarok owners that require a more commercial practical storage solution.

“Working in partnership with Truckman, we’ve developed two new products that not only meet Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ stringent manufacturing and technical standards, but also enable us to meet the business needs of our customers. With the variety of colours available, the new hardtops are guaranteed to make Volkswagen drivers stand out from the rest.”