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AUTO STYLING TRUCKMAN DEVELOPING NEW HARDTOP RANGE FOR THE NEW NISSAN NAVARA NP300

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  • Nissan Navara NP300 hardtop and accessory range launching early 2016
  • New design is more aesthetically appealing to complement the lines of the new vehicle
  • All luxury models come with central locking - perfect choice for small business owners

The all new Nissan Navara NP300 has arrived at Auto Styling Truckman’s HQ in the West Midlands for the final development stages of an exciting new 2016 hardtop range.

Following six months of intensive research and development with the Navara, Auto Styling Truckman will complete production for a series of hardtops, which will be launched at the start of 2016.

The new hardtops have been specifically designed with hidden bed seals to complement the lines of the new dynamic Navara exterior. All luxury models will also come with central locking, which is a valuable feature for small and medium-sized businesses that require a robust and secure hardtop.

Auto Styling Truckman's hardtops are also widely used by fleet operators in commercial sectors such as railway track maintenance, power distribution, agriculture and construction, but are also highly popular with private vehicle owners for leisure use.

Mike Wheeler, Managing Director of Auto Styling Truckman, said: "The reviews of the Navara NP300 have been very positive and we are anticipating strong demand for hardtops for the new pick-up. We have been working hard with the new Navara to develop a hardtop that suitably complements the impressive new design of the vehicle and expect the new hardtops to appeal to a wide range of SME customers."

Earlier this year Auto Styling Truckman unveiled a range of commercial and leisure hardtops for the all-new Mitsubishi L200 Series 5 and will be followed up by a collection of hardtops for the new Ford Ranger and Toyota Hilux, which are due to be launched 2016.

For further information or to register your interest in the new Nissan Navara NP300 hardtops and accessories, please email nissan@autostylinguk.co.uk.

LEADERSHIP TEAM TO BUILD ON SUCCESS

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The past six months have been a whirlwind; record investment, including the acquisition of our new, £2.6m head office, has seen Auto Styling Truckman reinforce its position as a leading British manufacturer, and the road ahead looks just as promising.

Our commitment to quality has been the driving force behind many of our successes, and now, with new machinery and equipment, we have increased our output to meet accelerating demand for our portfolio of hardtops.

This commitment encompasses much more than the quality of our final product, which is why a new leadership team has been established to maintain, and where possible, improve quality standards across the board.

Our leadership team – which includes our two most recent additions, commercial director Nick Gascoyne and office sales manager Martin Egginton – will be encouraging a more collaborative approach, and at the start of the year will begin a six-month training programme that will equip them with the skills to do just that.

As a company, we believe investment in our employees is just as important to our continued success as spending on tangible, capital assets. The skills and motivation of our workforce is integral to our performance – just look at BAE Systems, who saw productivity rise by a staggering 17 per cent, simply by trusting and empowering its workforce.

The programme will be delivered by communications and leadership expert Wendyanne Shapiro, founder and manager of Lotus Flower Consultancy. Included in the course will be a range of workshops, which will ask, ‘What makes a good leader” and help shape the team’s soft skills to build strong workplace relationships.

Wendy has previously worked with members of our team and delivered excellent results – we look forward to meeting with her and beginning the New Year on the right foot.

INTERNATIONAL SALES EXPERT JOINS 4X4 EXPERT AUTO STYLING TRUCKMAN

Auto Styling Truckman, the expert manufacturer and supplier of 4x4 accessories, is aiming to double its turnover to £19m with the appointment of international sales specialist, Martin Egginton.

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Martin will lead the company's sales team in his role as Office Sales Manager; utilising skills and techniques he's developed over the past two decades, he is aiming to build upon West Midlands-based, Auto Styling Truckman's recent success, which culminated with the expansion in to a new £2.6 million headquarters and production facilities.

After emigrating to South Africa with his family at an early age, Martin began his sales career in the country, but has since returned to the UK to work for a variety of businesses, most notably a 13 year stint with emergency repairs business, Homeserve, which included establishing its Miami-based, US operation.

As Office Sales Manager, Martin will be responsible for the Auto Styling Truckman's overall sales activities, including marketing, sales strategies, business development and the management of client relationships.

Auto Styling Truckman manufactures hardtops for pick-up trucks at its West Midlands' factory under the iconic Truckman brand, which are available for all models of pick-up by Ford, Great Wall, Isuzu, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen.

Martin said: "Auto Styling Truckman is exceptionally well respected in the 4x4 accessories market and I'm relishing the challenge of building upon its loyal customer base. I've joined the company at a very exciting time; the team are all pulling in the same direction and have lofty ambitions, which I am hoping to help them achieve."

Mike Wheeler, managing director at Auto Styling Truckman, said: "Martin is a sales professional in every sense of the term, with his experience we'll be able to further access overseas markets and turn Auto Styling into a truly international business."

AUTO STYLING TRUCKMAN LAUNCHES TRUCKMAN GRAND FOR MITSUBISHI L200 SERIES 5

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Auto Styling Truckman has launched its Truckman Grand Hardtop for the 2015 Mitsubishi L200 Series 5 pick-up truck.

One of the most fully-featured hardtops on the market, the UK designed Truckman Grand has been unveiled following an extensive research and development programme to compliment the design of the new model L200.

The cab-high hardtop sits flush with the L200's cab which, together with the sleek styling of its rear door complementing the vehicle's tailgate, fully-integrates the Truckman Grand into the pick-up's design.

A further innovation to the hardtop's design is a new tailgate handle with lock cover, which provides a practical benefit of protecting the lock from road dirt while delivering another enhancement to the automotive styling of the Truckman Grand.

In addition, from its extensive stock held at its West Midlands-based facility, Auto Styling Truckman can supply the hardtop in all L200 colour codes.

Among its key features is remote locking technology, which can be incorporated into the L200's central locking system, heated rear screen and an automatic interior light, which illuminates the load area when the tailgate is opened.

The Truckman Grand also includes a wiring harness with fitting instructions and 55kg capacity roof bars for additional storage.

The hardtop's opening bulkhead window provides additional ventilation along with pop-out side windows, which can only be opened from the inside all of which feature tinted glass to further increase security of the truck bed.

The Truckman Grand retails at £1,591.38 including VAT and is available from www.autostylinguk.com

The Truckman Grand is the first of a series of new hardtop models to be launched by Auto Styling Truckman for leisure and commercial applications. In addition to a range for the Mitsubishi L200 Series 5, the company is developing hardtops for new pick-up trucks set to be introduced to the UK market in the next few months including models from Nissan and Toyota.

Mike Wheeler, Managing Director of Auto Styling Truckman, said: "The Truckman Grand is a high specification hardtop that complements the design, practicality and performance of the Mitsubishi L200 Series 5. It increases the flexibility and security of the L200's truck bed without comprising on style."

He added: "This is an exciting period of the pick-up truck market with the leading manufacturers bringing new models to market in the coming months. We have focused on developing a new generation of hardtops that not only meet the requirements of our commercial and leisure customers, but also share the high quality design and manufacture and attention to detail of the new model pick-up trucks."

Auto Styling Truckman moves in to new premises with support from FBC Manby Bowdler

New Premises

Brierley Hill-based Auto Styling Truckman, the UK's leading 4x4 vehicle accessory manufacturer and distributor, has moved in to new, larger premises to support the continued growth of the business and its extended product portfolio. Legal advice was provided by Wolverhampton-based solicitor Andrew Wynne of FBC Manby Bowdler.

Established in 2003, Auto Styling Truckman has been based at Narrowboat Way on the Blackbrook Valley industrial estate since January 2007.  Keeping its existing facility at Unit 1 to focus on manufacturing and production, the business has now purchased Unit 14 a 52,0000 square foot modern factory unit as an investment and this will become the headquarters for the business as well as provide sales, distribution, product development, warehousing functions and a new tool making workshop.

The new facility will enable the company to vastly increase its office space in order to significantly grow its sales and marketing team and expand its engineering disciplines. In addition, the warehouse and workshop space is five times larger than the Auto Styling Truckman previous facility, which provides the added capacity required to support the company's growth strategy.

Mike Wheeler, Managing Director of Auto Styling Truckman, comments: "Having enjoyed consistently high growth in recent years and with the forthcoming launch of a new range of pick-up hardtops, we identified the need for additional space and were keen that this expansion should enable us to separate out our manufacturing function from the warehousing and distribution.  When Unit 14 came on to the market we identified it as being ideal to meet our needs and allowed us to invest in a property nearby to our existing site.

"Having worked with Andrew Wynne of FBC Manby Bowdler since we established the business, we had no hesitation in instructing him on the purchase of Unit 14.  He has previously supported us on two rental properties and we've been similarly reassured of his professionalism with this purchase. I feel quite sure as Auto Styling Truckman continues to grow and evolve we'll be working with Andrew and his team again."

Andrew Wynne, at FBC Manby Bowdler, adds: "It is fabulous to witness the success that Mike and the entire team at Auto Styling Truckman have achieved over the last 12 years and it has been a pleasure to support them on the purchase of this new site.  This is a move that not only made good logistical sense to the business, but which is also a commercially sound decision for a successful growing business."

INVIS-A-RACK HAS SAFETY COVERED FOR ROOFING CONTRACTOR

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An innovative collapsible pick-up truck cargo management system supplied by Auto Styling Truckman is enabling a roofing contractor to ensure the safe transportation of tools and equipment.

Paul Trebble, who along with his team of four staff provides domestic roofing services across South Somerset, upgraded to the Invis-a-Rack racking system when he acquired a new Toyota Hilux Extra Cab.

The system, which enables tradespeople to carry ladders and timber at cab level freeing up the truck bed for tools and equipment, replaces a ‘DIY' version built by Paul for his old Mitsubishi L200.  
Paul's self-built version prevented the need to strap ladders and battens to the pick-ups' headboard that due to the length of the new bed would have made the angle of the equipment being transported potentially hazardous. 
However, the ‘DIY' version had to be removed as a single unit when not required.  The Invis-a-Rack, alternatively, is retractable and can be folded away into cassettes clamped to the pick-up without impacting on truck bed storage space.
Manufactured from lightweight aluminium, Invis-A-Rack provides a sturdy frame when erected, which can hold up a static load of 220kg.  The Extra Cab version, fitted to Paul's Hilux, also includes a small storage box in the cassettes, which is ideal for storing tie-down straps and bungees.
Paul Trebble said: "I've been in the roofing business for nearly thirty years and have always used pick-up trucks, but could never find a safe and efficient way to carry ladders and battens safely and without losing important storage space in the truck bed.  
"The collapsible Invis-A-Rack saves a lot of time and effort, but most importantly it offers real safety benefits.  Strapping equipment and timber to the headboard is not particularly safe, which is why I created my own frame.  While it solved one issue, it was not the most practical solution in itself, which is why I was really pleased to discover Auto Styling Truckman's Invis-A-Rack." 
Auto Styling Truckman, which is a leading manufacturer and supplier of pick-up truck and 4x4 accessories, holds the exclusive European distribution rights for Invis-A-Rack after striking an agreement with its US inventor, DeeZee.
Mike Wheeler, Managing Director of Auto Styling Truckman, said: "Invis-A-Rack is proving to be an effective storage solution for tradespeople.  It is a classic piece of invention, which through its simplicity and ease of use, makes a practical difference to users, which Paul Trebble and his team of roofers are experiencing first hand."

We've Moved!

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We have moved our HQ, sales, warehousing and tooling workshop to new premises due to expansion. Our manufacturing and production remains at Unit 1.

The new address : Unit 14 Narrowboat Way, Dudley, West Midlands, DY2 0EZ

Our telephone number remains 01384 485 405

 

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AUTO STYLING TRUCKMAN INVESTS IN NEW TOOLMAKING WORKSHOP TO CREATE NEXT GENERATION HARDTOPS

Chief Technician Alistair Simpson in the new tool making workshop at Auto Styling Truckman

Auto Styling Truckman, the UK’s leading 4x4 vehicle accessory manufacturer and distributor, has invested in a new and larger development and tool making workshop ahead of the launch of a portfolio of new hardtops for pick-up trucks.

The new facility, which is housed within the company’s new fitting and distribution centre in the West Midlands and is an investment of £60,000, will support the development of the company’s extensive range of hardtops, including a number of new designs being created for the launch of new pick-up trucks that will hit the UK market in the next nine months.

Throughout this year and early next year, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Toyota will each launch new pick-up truck models into the UK market and Auto Styling Truckman is currently developing versions of its hardtops for the upcoming L200, Navara and Hilux.

At 225 sq. ft., the new development and tool making workshop is double the size of the company’s existing operation and will create the tooling that will subsequently be used to manufacture within its current 30,000 sq. ft. production facility.

Currently employing three expert tool makers, Auto Styling Truckman plans to recruit an additional two more skilled people as the company increases the pace of hardtop production to meet the demand from commercial fleet clients and private vehicle customers.

Auto Styling Truckman is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of hardtops for pick-up trucks, which it produces in the UK under the iconic automotive accessory brand, Truckman.

This investment is part of the company’s £2.7m growth strategy that includes the acquisition of the new 52,000 sq. ft. distribution and fitting centre, which will also become the location of its head office.

Mike Wheeler, Managing Director of Auto Styling Truckman, said: “We pride ourselves on being a progressive company that is at the forefront of developments in our sector.   The investment in the development and tool making workshop will increase capacity and capabilities within the business and also ensure we can deliver the next generation of hardtops for the new pick-up truck models efficiently and effectively.

“We have built strong working relationships with the key pick-up truck manufacturers, which ensure we can continue to produce quality accessories to the highest standard.  We have followed the development of the 2015-16 model pick-up trucks very closely and we will be able to offer a range of new hardtops in line with the vehicles’ UK launch schedules.”

NEW L200 TOUCHES DOWN AT AUTO STYLING TRUCKMAN FOR PRODUCTION OF NEW HARDTOPS

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Auto Styling Truckman has taken delivery of one of the first new model Mitsubishi L200’s in the UK as it begins production of a new range of hardtops for the 2015 pick-up truck.

The vehicle has been shipped by container to Auto Styling Truckman’s manufacturing facility in the West Midlands from Thailand where the company has spent the last six months undertaking development for its next range of accessories.

Now the vehicle has arrived at Auto Styling Truckman, the company’s design staff will begin production of tooling for L200 hardtops for commercial applications, which are utilised by fleet operators in off-highway sectors and industries such as railway track maintenance, power distribution, agriculture and construction.

Auto Styling Truckman is also developing a range of hardtops for the L200 for leisure applications.

The 2015 Mitsubishi L200 is one of a number of new pick-up trucks set to hit the UK market in the next nine months including models from Nissan and Toyota.

Auto Styling Truckman has undertaken a programme of product development and will be introducing new hardtops into the market to coincide with the UK launches of the new vehicles.

Mike Wheeler, Managing Director of Auto Styling Truckman, said: "This is the first new version of the L200 since 2006 and there is a lot of anticipation for its launch.  The arrival of the L200 from Thailand enables us to move onto the next stage of production of our new commercial and leisure hardtops for the pick-up and we look forward to unveiling them to the market soon."

MIDLANDS ENTREPRENEUR CHAMPIONS SME'S DESIRE TO INVEST IN BUSINESS AT DOWNING STREET RECEPTION

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Mike Wheeler, managing director at Brierley Hill-based Auto Styling Truckman, has championed the desire of entrepreneurs to continually investment in their businesses at a Downing Street reception hosted by the Prime Minister.

Business leaders from across the country joined David Cameron and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osbourne, at 10 Downing Street to discuss issues high on the agenda of the UK's 5.2m SMEs ahead of the summer Budget on July 8.

Mr Wheeler believes that, to encourage growth, a reduction in Corporation Tax would free up funds for increased direct investment and help create an environment, which favours growing businesses. However, he is concerned that a reduction would further exacerbate preventing successful businesses from accessing business grants.

"A reduction of taxes on the UK's enterprising SMEs would also make more money available for further investment. The revenues lost through lower taxation would be more than recovered thanks to the positive effect these businesses would have on the economy in terms of job creation and investment, which would both have a large multiplier effect.

"However, it is very hard for entrepreneurs that leave profits in their companies for investment to access business grants. While grants should be available to new or struggling businesses, they could also provide a springboard for successful enterprises that will take them onto the next level if the process better understood firms' growth ambitions."

His business, Auto Styling Truckman, which is one of the UK's leading manufacturers of hardtops for pick-up trucks, has continually invested in its facilities, workforce and operations in recent years.

The company recently announced a £2.7m investment in a new head office and large fitting and distribution centre, which followed on from the opening of an additional production facility, which received investment of £375,000 18 months ago. Its workforce has grown from 39 to 63 since 2013.

In the lead up to the General Election, Mr Wheeler co-signed a letter published in the Daily Telegraph, which praised the Conservative-led coalition for guiding the economic recovery and encouraging others to support the Chancellor's continued stewardship of the economy.

Renewed confidence in the stability of the economy played a significant part in Mr Wheeler's decision to invest in his business, including the company's new premises, which is creating 15 new jobs.

He added: "It is estimated that small firms account for 99% of private sector business in the UK; they really are the lifeblood of our economy and anything that can be done to further support their ambitions can only have a positive impact on the economy."