Conti360° Fleet Services integrated Ivybridge location
Conti360° Fleet Services has opened its newly rebranded suite of offices, at Bandvulc’s Lee Mill site, in Ivybridge. The extended office facilities have been launched after a two and-a-half year integration project following Continental’s acquisition of Bandvulc in 2016. The launch follows the merger of both company’s fleet support networks under the unified Conti360° Fleet Services banner in September 2018, and the relocation of all Conti360° Fleet Services support and 24-hour Breakdown Service teams to Ivybridge.
During the official opening, Bandvulc managing director Arthur Gregg praised staff for their hard work in making the merger a success: “The merging of both the Bandvulc and Continental operations to Conti360° Fleet Services combines the strengths and advantages of each brand, with continuous improvement in our service offering. The positive effects of the rebranding will continue to be evident as time goes on, so for our customers it is very much ‘business as usual’.
“The Conti360° Fleet Services Network office now represents one of the largest fleet management companies in the UK, giving customers unrivalled aftercare services across the UK. Staff in the integrated company now work with one identity, as one team, working together. With such assets, and the systems, brands, and re-treads on offer, there is no reason why that should not continue to grow.”
Okan Tamer, managing director at Continental UK, was also at the grand opening, in his first visit to the Ivybridge site since taking the helm at Continental UK in October 2018.
Okan Tamer, who comes to the UK from the Turkish market, praised the Conti360° Fleet Services Network for the successful transition: “The production process here is excellent, with high quality products, but more importantly it is the very dedicated, professional people who have made this transition possible. I am in no doubt that the Conti360° Fleet Services Network will continue to go from strength to strength, drawing on the combined forces of Continental and Bandvulc, and I am very much looking forward to sharing many more success together.”
As a subsidiary of Continental, Bandvulc operates a number of businesses which provide a whole life costs approach to fleet tyre management solutions including new tyres, retreads and casing services. It supplies a retread via Bandvulc Tyres with rubber mixed in its own company, BV Mixing, a full range of bespoke management solutions via Conti360° Fleet Services and a new tyre offering via tyre wholesale division BVF1rst. Bandvulc also provides TPMS and fitting services through Conti360° Network and Tyre Maintenance Ltd. across the UK.