Woodall Nicholson expands vehicle manufacturing portfolio02 April 2019

Woodall Nicholson Holdings has purchased Scarborough-based JM Engineering and Promech Solutions, adding to its portfolio of vehicle suppliers which includes Mellor Coachcraft and Treka Bus.

JM Engineering and Promech Solutions are both based on the Plaxton Park manufacturing site in Scarborough. Both will continue to operate from the site and Mark Eccles, founder and owner of both, will continue as managing director.

Eccles says: “Bringing our knowledge and expertise into the Woodall Nicholson Group will help us to grow the businesses further, which in turn will lead to further job creation for the Scarborough area.”

The Woodall Nicholson Group is focused on the North West; it has 400 employees and turnover this year is expected to pass £80 million.

John Randerson, managing director of Woodall Nicholson’s bus division, says “This is a fantastic opportunity for both businesses to further cement what has been an excellent working relationship... We have some exciting challenges ahead, with growth potential in the specialist vehicle sector as we leverage our low floor and electric vehicle platforms.”

Woodall Nicholson’s four market-specific design and manufacturing divisions are: Mellor Coachcraft, for small and electric buses; Treka bus, for wheelchair-accessible minibuses; Coleman Milne specialist vehicle division, which builds emergency services vehicles; and Coleman Milne, provider of ceremonial vehicles to the funeral sector.

Laura Cork

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