Woodall Nicholson adds fourth group division to ramp-up technical capability

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John Randerson, Chief Technology Officer at Woodall Nicholson. WN

A UK vehicle design & manufacturing group has created a new Technology Division with a focus on enhanced technology and eMobility solutions for specialist vehicle markets

Woodall Nicholson, the specialist vehicle design & manufacturing group behind some of the UK’s specialist vehicle brands including Coleman Milne, Mellor, Treka Bus and VCS, has added a fourth division to its group portfolio. The new Technology Division provides a dedicated innovation and technical platform which it says will allow wider market reach for its existing and new products, while specialising in advanced technology in practical applications.

The Technology Division will be spearheaded by Woodall Nicholson’s evolving ProMech Technologies company in Scarborough, drawing on core competences in driveline engineering, innovative low-floor chassis design and eMobility solutions. The new division will also benefit from the appointment of John Randerson, who takes up the position of Chief Technology Officer for Woodall Nicholson with responsibility for accelerating technical advances across all of Woodall Nicholson’s vehicle manufacturing divisions.

With John’s technical background, ProMech Technologies plans to support existing and new relationships with OEMs which will bring new technical innovations, including new advances in eMobility, to market. Woodall Nicholson says it is committed to enhancing its product portfolio across all its brands, to suit its customers and market needs for cleaner, more efficient and cost effective vehicles as well as serving wider European markets and evolving key strategic opportunities internationally.

The group says that in line with the societal move towards a more sustainable future, it already possesses a host of ‘green’ credentials, including electric vehicle and lightweight economical chassis design expertise.

John Randerson said: “The automotive landscape is ever changing. Customers are presented with ever-more exacting requirements within their operations, which in turn demands increasingly more innovative technical solutions. We have always been an organisation that strives to provide unique and well thought out solutions for our customers. The evolution of these attributes resulted in the creation of our exciting technology division (ProMech Technologies). This allows us to enhance and broaden our approach to innovative solutions for the wider specialist vehicle market.”

He added: “The Technology Division will also allow us to work even more closely with OEMs while ensuring advancements in technologies are fully optimised across all the Woodall Nicholson brands. Ultimately, our collective aim is to provide customers old and new with innovative products that deliver on existing and future requirements as we transition to a carbon neutral society.”