Martin Williams Ltd, one of the UK’s leading Commercial Vehicle Accident Repair Centres and PPG FLEETWATCH® partner are pleased to announce a renewal of a 5 year product supply agreement with their chosen paint partner PPG Industries.
All products will be supplied through BROWN BROTHERS® Distribution (A PPG Group company).
This news compliments a £1.1 million investment in their state of the art facility doubling the capacity to 50,000 sq. ft. The investment incorporates 2 of the latest USI Italia Cargo energy efficient low bake commercial vehicle spray booths, measuring 23 metres long they are some of the biggest booths in Europe. The booths can be segregated allowing them to throughput 4 vehicles at any one time. Martin Williams have also introduced a purpose built mixing room complete with PPG and NEXA AUTOCOLOR® Commercial Vehicle paint schemes, housing the latest Colour IT from PPG Industries including TOUCHMIX® mixing station and RAPIDMATCH™ X-5 spectrophotometer.
Having established themselves as a market leader in commercial vehicle accident repair and maintenance Martin Williams Ltd has grown to design and manufacture commercial vehicle bodies. In response to increasing demand and continued success an extra 25 staff have been recruited in the last 6 months significantly increasing the capacity and efficiency of the business.
Martin Williams Ltd is still a family run business, headed up by Martin and his two sons Nick and Chris they have an 85 strong team of dedicated paint sprayers, panel beaters, body builders and mechanics All paint staff have undergone training in PPG and Nexa Autocolor Commercial Vehicle paint systems at PPG Industries Training Centre in Stowmarket, Suffolk to ensure all technicians are following the latest repair processes to maximise throughput of high quality repairs.
“One of the biggest challenges in the market is efficiency – not just to maximise our profitability but also because all of the vehicles we work on are revenue producing assets to the fleet managers. Reducing cycle time is paramount. The recent investment in partnership with PPG helps us to deliver this” commented Martin.
“We believe PPG’s Commercial Transport paint systems are the best in the market. The quality of the product is complemented by the use of PPG Spectro (RapidMatch™ X-5 Spectrophometer) to speed up colour matching. This combined with the PPG FleetWatch PaintSpec system is a great advantage to help us accurately match the colours and designs for the liveries of huge variety of fleets. After all, first impressions count in this industry”
Martin Williams Ltd commitment to continuous business development and investment fits well with that of PPG Industries who have been working with Martin Williams for over 20 years.
“The support that we receive from the PPG sales and technical staff is really valuable and has helped us to improve our processes,” said Chris “Detailed planning before and during the expansion of the site was crucial to ensure that the work flow was not interrupted ensuring our throughput has been maintained.”
Alan Selby, PPG Commercial Transport Business Manager “Working with Martin Williams on the expansion demonstrates the PPG commitment to working with our customers to create stronger businesses for the future. We are delighted Martin Williams have chosen PPG Industries as their continued paint partner through Brown Brothers Distribution”
The future looks extremely bright for Martin Williams Ltd as they also diversify the business. The investment at Martin Williams Ltd has also seen the development of a new larger Vehicle Body Building Facility, complete with full VOSA approved maintenance areas, which has increased production capacity of the business from 600 to over 1000 vehicles per year. All this is complimented with an in house vehicle signwriting area making Martin Williams Ltd the only true one stop commercial shop in the UK.