The new managing director of Mercedes-Benz Trucks UK hailed AGS’s £6-million investment as evidence of its confidence in the future, and commitment to the brand’s customers. The development significantly enhances Mercedes-Benz Trucks’ local representation, allowing operators to benefit from increased choice.
In only his second week in the job, Wolfgang Theissen told guests in mid-September: “When you’ve read your newspapers in the last weeks and months you may have thought the world had come to a stop. So isn’t it great that we have today an event like this, where we see an inspiring team believing in the business going forward.”
Flanked by AGS joint managing directors Richard Holmes (operations) and Paul Mcgerty (finance), and with their co-owner, Richard’s wife Laura, looking on, Wolfgang said that when COVID-19 struck: “You didn’t stop, you carried on, and we thank you for that. Welcome to the Mercedes-Benz Trucks family.”
Constructed on a two-acre site at Airport Gate, the 64,000 sq ft workshop boasts no fewer than 39 bays of varying lengths, 17 of which have commercial vehicle pits. Two dedicated Authorised Testing Facility (ATF) lanes will be used by inspectors from DVSA to undertake commercial vehicle MoT tests.
Wolfgang Theissen assured his audience of the fundamental importance to Mercedes-Benz Trucks of high-quality aftersales back-up. He said the new workshop was perfectly located, in a busy area with many major fleet operators, and praised AGS’ expertise in vehicle maintenance and repairs.
At the event, councillor Teji Barnes, the Mayor of Hillingdon, had praised the building’s sustainability credentials – the energy collected by roof-mounted solar panels, for example, would be used to charge electric vehicles. “This is an environmentally-friendly workspace with an ‘excellent’ rating that puts it in the top 10% of ‘green’-assessed buildings,” she said.
In addition to trucks, AGS Heathrow maintains and repairs trailers, cars, vans and coaches.
A leading provider of round-the-clock vehicle maintenance and repair support for the aviation and commercial fleet sectors, AGS also offers a full range of recovery, fleet management, and contract hire and ‘spot’ rental services. It has depots at Gatwick Airport and Manchester Airport, and smaller facilities at other UK airports.
Paul said the company’s appointment in January as a Mercedes-Benz Trucks approved repairer had “brought a new chapter to our business.”
He added: “We’d also like to thank Mercedes-Benz Trucks for making this investment in us, just as we’re investing in you, and for giving us this fantastic opportunity to move forward.”