Norscot Takes On MAN In Aberdeen
Norscot Truck & Van of Aberdeen has bought the local parts and service operations of MAN Truck & Bus.
The move sees Norscot Truck & Van assume full responsibility for the former wholly-owned MAN service location at Minto Road on the Altens Industrial Estate in the south of Aberdeen. The company also takes on all the employees at the location into its new set-up. Gordon Harper has moved from Norscot’s Dundee and Perth Sites to take up the role as General Manager and Hamish Barrack, younger brother of managing director, George, takes on the role as workshop manager at the new Norscot MAN centre.
George Barrack, managing director of Norscot Truck & Van, said, “Our existing customers across the region know us already for our involvement with quality products, so the decision to take on local MAN service and parts operations was an easy one for us to make. With our current DAF location on the north side of Aberdeen, the fact that our new location is on the southern side of the city gives us a tremendous operating spread, which will be a real bonus to all our customers.
From a company point of view we see our expansion into the MAN network as giving us greater balance in the market. We are committed to providing the highest standards of support for truck and van operators alike, maximising availability and vehicle uptime and investing in continuous technical training including apprenticeships. We can now bring these qualities to MAN and ERF operators in the area.
“Already the new operation feels like a really good fit for customers, staff, MAN and our management team. A number of customers had actually heard we were looking seriously at the MAN opportunity and gave us a lot of encouragement. Even more important, since opening the doors just a few days ago, we have had a number of very complimentary comments from existing MAN customers, and we look forward to building on that in partnership with MAN.”
Sandy Millar, director of MAN Centre – North, said, “We are delighted to be associated with a dealership that has a strong reputation as an excellent service provider; Norscot has long been recognised as one of the very best in the area. Early indications from our former staff and customers at the location are already extremely positive, which is exactly what we had expected. This move is a clear indicator of our corporate strategy of developing our whole UK network to be even more focused on customer support. Our MAN Centre – North alone has already seen huge investments this year, both in new premises in Bellshill and Broxburn.”