The new company is to operate from a site near the M18 at Dunscroft, near Doncaster, with two production lines and 30 bays, plus an office annex and stores.
It opens for business later this month (January 2016).
According to commercial director David Healy, Cartwright Conversions aims to become a major player, particularly serving the utilities, construction, civil engineering, rail and telecommunications markets.
It is headed by Cartwright group managing director Mark Cartwright, supported by Healy, along with engineering head Gary Stephenson and marketing manager Melissa Healy.
“The Cartwright brand is synonymous with quality, innovation and flexibility in all areas of its business,” states David Healy, adding that, as a result, it has built a strong image.
“Cartwright Conversions ... will offer a different approach in response to the flexible needs of the market, whether a customer requires a one-off vehicle or has a fleet of 500,” he continues.
For Healy, one of the major issues for conversion companies concerns health and safety.
“Vans need to be racked out properly with the right kit so that employees are safe and more efficient,” he explains.
“As demand has increased lead times have become longer and we believe there is definitely an opportunity to compete for market share,” he continues.
“Our Doncaster plant allows us to build multiple repeat vehicles in a line. We also have up to 30 bays so we can build different vehicles at the same time – which obviously wouldn’t work on a production line. This flexibility allows us to build one vehicle in a bay or 500 on a line.”
Plans are already well advanced to launch the company’s new range of vehicle racking systems, including the new Mini and Mobile racking systems.
These will be exhibited on a separate Cartwright Conversions stand at the Commercial Vehicle Show at the NEC from 26—28 April 2016.
Exhibits on display on the dedicated Cartwright Conversions stand will also include the restyled Welfare Vehicle, which is now lighter with more load space.