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Hydraquip targets growth with van fleet expansion

Business is booming for the Hydraquip Group and that means the company’s light commercial vehicle operation is set for further expansion in 2016 with help from Ogilvie Fleet.

The Kent-headquartered Hydraquip Group has seen outstanding growth year-on-year since the turn of the century when it started with two mobile hose repair vans to now become the largest national independent fleet operator of mobile hose service vans with staff based in multiple locations nationwide.

The company has seen its fleet expand annually to more than 140 vehicles and the vast majority are vans driven by mobile engineers, who work out of Hydraquip’s 20 branches nationwide and from remote bases across the UK.

The current 93 mobile engineers’ vans, almost exclusively Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313 CDI hi-roof models operated on three-year/120,000-mile contract hire with maintenance replacement cycles, are supplied by Ogilvie Fleet.

The Hydraquip Group has now placed a rolling order for two new Sprinters each month throughout 2016.

When delivered the vans will be fully-equipped mobile workshops capable of manufacturing hydraulic hoses and fitting on-site reducing down time of customers’ plant and machinery operating across many different sectors.

Company founder and managing director Duncan MacBain said the vans – more could be ordered during 2016 if business growth demands – would both further expand the fleet and replace ageing vehicles to take the number of units operated to around 120.

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