Pelican Engineering Group, trading as BMC UK, has been officially launched after a signing ceremony at the BMC factory in Izmir, Turkey last week.
BMC UK MD Richard Crump, accompanied by Ken Grindrod, group sales director and Phillip Hodgson, head of UK bus and coach sales, signed the agreement with BMC Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S. directors Ishmal Kirkal, head of export sales and Sinan Ogun.
After the signing ceremony Mr Crump said BMC UK was working hard to improve after sales support to BMC operators throughout the UK by offering service facilities on 24/7 and parts availability from 0600hrs until midnight on week days and from 0600 until 1800 at weekends. He added: “We only close three days a year on Xmas, Boxing and New Years days. Deliveries are by our own fleet of vehicles within 150-mile radius of Leeds and by overnight carrier for further afield, although we do have five main dealers across the UK who will be offering services facilities and fast moving parts.
“The future is going to be exciting for BMC in the UK and it is our intention to see the marque reach its rightful place as one of the top five brands in the UK.
For years BMC has provided UK bus and coach operators with a highly cost effective and reliable range of vehicles with a focus on flexibility. The BMC range includes small and midi-coaches, citybuses and school buses. With its range of products including light, medium and heavy commercials, specialpurpose and military vehicles, buses and coaches, spare parts and engines, BMC is the largest commercial vehicle manufacturer in Turkey. 24,000 vehicles are made annually at the company’s two facilities by a highly skilled work force of 3,600 people.