THE ATECO GROUP TAKES FULL CONTROL OF AMERICAN SPECIAL VEHICLES
- American Special Vehicles is now a wholly owned subsidiary of the Ateco Group.
- The Ateco Group is the sole factory authorized importer and distributor of RAM trucks for Australia and New Zealand
- Former join venture partner, The Walkinshaw Group, will continue to develop and remanufacturer RAM Trucks in Australia for sale Australia and New Zealand
- The changes prepare for the launch of the RAM 1500 mid-June and the substantial growth in sales in Australia and New Zealand that this will provide
The Ateco Group has taken full control of American Special Vehicles, the joint venture company set up between The Walkinshaw Group and Ateco to handle the remanufacture and sale of RAM vehicles in Australia and New Zealand following the appointment of the Ateco Group as the sole factory authorized importer and distributor of RAM trucks for Australia and New Zealand.
“We needed a partner to undertake the engineering and production of the RAM 2500 and 3500 in right hand drive as quickly and effectively as possible following the appointment of the Ateco Group as the sole factory authorized importer and distributor of RAM trucks for Australia and New Zealand,” says Roger Zagorski, Managing Director of the Ateco Group. “The Walkinshaw Group were our only choice and they have proven, as we knew they would, to be the ideal engineering and production partner for the joint venture. Now that the business is running so successfully and with the approaching launch of the RAM 1500 and the transformation that will cause on the scale of the business, it is the ideal time for Ateco to assume full responsibility for the RAM business.”
“There is no doubt Walkinshaw remain the only company in Australia that have the world class technical ability, engineering skills and production facilities to undertake the RAM project and we are pleased and excited to confirm that they will continue to develop and remanufacture the growing RAM range for the Australian and New Zealand markets as a client of the Ateco Group,” says Mr Zagorski.
American Special Vehicles is headed by Alex Stewart, its Chief Operating Officer. Lenn Kench is National Project Manager, a role which sees him supervising the design and development of RAM models for the Australian and New Zealand Market and working with RAM in the USA to produce vehicles ready for remanufacture in Australia. Justine O’Bryan is National Marketing and Sales Manager. ASV, which trades as RAM Trucks Australia, uses the full and wide range support services and facilities provided by the Ateco Group for its various businesses.
In New Zealand RAM is distributed by Ateco subsidiary Ateco Group New Zealand under David Smitherman as Chief Executive Officer and using the full range of services facilities provided by the Mount Wellington based company.
“The change in ownership of ASV marks both the next major step in the growth of RAM in Australia and it is major commitment to long term future of this business for the Australian and New Zealand markets,” says Mr Zagorski. “The launch of the RAM 1500 in June will confirm RAM as a significant player in the most dynamic part of the Australian and New Zealand markets with benchmark products in each of the sectors in which it competes.”