Major Investment: MAN Truck & Bus UK acquires five dealerships across Central England.
MAN Truck & Bus UK Ltd has purchased the HRVS Group and, in so doing, has acquired five dealerships located in Ripley, Stoke-on-Trent, Sheffield, Scunthorpe and Sleaford, and a customer workshop in Burton upon Trent.
According to Thomas Hemmerich, CEO of MAN Truck & Bus UK Ltd, this represents a major investment in the company's aftersales footprint. "The acquisition will undoubtedly strengthen our wholly-owned branch network which, following the HRVS purchase, now numbers 24 vehicle service and sales locations.
"We're very excited to be adding these five new locations to our branch network. We're also pleased to be welcoming new and highly experienced colleagues to the MAN family. This acquisition is of major importance to our business as it both strengthens our network footprint and further ensures our presence in several key strategic locations," Thomas added.
Thomas says that the acquisition will further improve customer service in central England. "MAN Truck & Bus UK Ltd will build upon the existing success of the business and deliver an exceptionally high level of service to customers in this region," he promises.
Multi-site MAN dealer HRVS Group, through its five dealership locations - covering Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Lincolnshire - has supported MAN customers with vehicle sales and service for over 17 years. Before becoming MAN franchised agents, the company supported longstanding ERF customers.
Thomas says the acquisition of the HRVS Group will help the company take another positive step forward. "We look forward to meeting and working with customers across the area and supporting them with a comprehensive offering of business-focused aftersales solutions and award-winning vehicles (trucks, vans, as well as bus and coach products).
"We're keen to integrate HRVS into the MAN Truck & Bus UK team as soon as possible, starting with the transfer of the HRVS employees. HRVS will continue to operate as usual for now. The only difference is that the business is now owned by MAN Truck & Bus UK Ltd."
In 2018, MAN Truck & Bus UK committed to an investment of £20 million in the UK branch network. This has seen several new site openings (an all-new branch has been opened in Gateshead, for instance) and existing site improvements (the Nuneaton branch was completely renovated).