One of the country’s leading builders and repairers of commercial vehicle bodies has announced ambitious plans to double in size over the next three years.
CPD Bodies was established in 2002 and specialises in custom-built premium quality truck and van bodies, manufactured at its base in Bowesfield Lane, Stockton.
The firm already has an impressive track record, employing 140 people and being nominated for numerous industry awards, including being named Teesside Business of the Year in 2017.
Managing director Cathal Doocey is confident 2019 will be a year of further progress and expansion, although he promises that existing clients can be assured of receiving the high standards of service they have come to rely on.
“In the last two years we’ve managed to grow the business, winning new contracts with companies such as LEX Autolease and Europcar, without disrupting the outstanding service we provide for our current customers,” he says.
“Strengthening our management team has helped change for the better the way in which we work, and that’s an ongoing process.
“I’ve also spent time in Europe looking for new methods of working that can help us improve. That’s led to us bringing in German manufacturing consultants to work with us for 12 months.
“Their experience includes working with Mercedes, Daimler and Formula 1 teams – and that’s the level of professionalism I’m aiming for here.”
Doocey says the secret of the company’s remarkable growth is ensuring that every single vehicle is manufactured to the highest standards, as well as constantly striving to exceed customer expectations.
They have stayed ahead of their competitors by utilising the latest technologies, including an online customer portal that allows customers to get an update on the progress of their project in real time.
The portal reduces the need for phone calls, which ultimately saves the client both time and money. CPD have also become market leaders in adopting Vehicle Certification Agency Whole Type Approval, ensuring that designs meet specified performance standards.
The firm works with a wide range of manufacturers and is currently building an average of 60 Mercedes, Ford, Nissan and Peugeot chassis cabs per week – 35 tippers, 10 dropsides and 15 Lutons.
However, the introduction of a new lean production line will see these numbers increase by 30%, beginning with tippers.
CPD currently has 15 acres of storage and just over 60,000 sq ft of workshop, spray booth and quality bay facilities, with the capacity to hold up to 1,000 vehicles.
The site is fully equipped with the latest CCTV systems, along with 24-hour manned security.
From January 2019 it will add a new, fully functional 6,000 sq ft unit that’s purpose-built for welfare vehicles. The firm is also in the final stages of completing a further 6,000 sq ft unit, which is currently being used for prewiring vehicles.
These developments will enable them to manage the increasing volume of vehicles now coming through the business.
Work starts in February on new offices for the business team, ensuring their working environment matches the excellence of the company’s workshops.
“We’re immensely proud of our journey and although we plan to double in size in the next three years, we promise we’ll never lose sight of our priority to offer exceptional customer service and deliver high-quality builds,” says Doocey.
“We are forever grateful for all the support we receive from new and existing customers because we know that, without them, our business wouldn’t be where it is today.”