The UK’s Cartwright Conversions has its sights set on future growth with the open its new multi-million flagship manufacturing base in Belton, Lincolnshire.
Occupying more than 28-acres the new facility will quadruple the production capacity of the company’s previous site near Doncaster.
This will allow it to meet rising demand for its bespoke vehicle conversions. The company specialises across a wide range of conversions including Motability vehicles, ambulances, welfare vehicles, mobile banks and police vehicles.
The range extends to conversions of trailers into mobile eye-testing and breast screening units as well as libraries, with trailers being supplied by sister company Cartwright, from its base in Altrincham, Cheshire.
The state-of-the-art production facility in Belton has four production lines, stores, electrical and quality departments, extensive parking and planning permission for an extension to accommodate future growth.
Steve Shaw, Managing Director of Cartwright Conversions, said: “It is very exciting. At Belton we have enormous capacity for growth and we will continue to recruit more people to meet demand from new orders coming in.
“We are seeing growth in Motability, patient transport services and the trailer conversion market, which is particularly exciting for us because it uses both facilities, –Belton and Cartwright’s trailer production in Altrincham.”
Cartwright Conversions has Qualified Vehicle Modifier status from Ford and has approvals from Renault and Peugeot and an in-house design team who work on most of the conversions. Customers include the NHS, private health providers, UK police forces, highways maintenance companies, banks and individuals seeking Motability vehicles.
There are plans to increase the workforce from 80 to 250 and to introduce an in-house training scheme for workers with transferable skills and, eventually, to establish an apprenticeship programme to create opportunities for young people to build a career in engineering.
Cartwright enters new partnership in Ireland
Cartwright recently formed a new partnership with Irish truck and trailer specialist services company TTW (Truck and Trailer Works), which is a commercial vehicle specialist offering sales, service, repair, parts, conversions and breakdown recovery.
It has three sites in Ireland, two in the Dublin area as well as Dungannon in the north.
Under the agreement, TTW will provide Cartwright’s customers in Ireland with back up service and support and be anywhere within one day.