RENOWNED commercial vehicles firm AM Phillip is proving the automotive industry can have upbeat stories during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Where many businesses across all kinds of sectors have been struggling, the 65-year-old Scottish firm has not only maintained a positive attitude but is actually growing.
Among the many developments, the specialist haulage and LCV group is expanding from its east coast and north-east heartlands to the west coast, and will cover the whole country for IVECO sales.
AM Phillip will be opening a new centre in Paisley for those wanting to buy machines from the Italian brand – immensely popular because of its diverse and competitively priced range of vehicles.
The new operation, which will be based alongside authorised franchise repair specialists McKinnon & Forbes in the town’s Clark Street, is set to be up and running by next month, just as lockdown eases.
Not that the restrictions have prevented AM Phillip from progressing with its ambitious plans in the 18 months since Rob McWilliam became managing director.
That’s partly because the company played a key role in keeping blue-light vehicles and other essential delivery vehicles on the road during the restrictions.
But Rob’s successful automotive career covering both cars and commercial vehicles means he has also brought a wealth of experience to the business.
So aside from expanding the network, the company is set to build new, bigger headquarters in its hometown of Forfar in Angus. And there are plans to relocate and grow the firm’s presence in Glenrothes in Fife.
Such is AM Phillip’s level of confidence, it has also been on a recruitment drive – taking on a dozen employees in various roles over the last two months.
However, potential IVECO clients in the west of Scotland can rest assured that there will be a very knowledgeable team to help them buy the right vehicles for their needs at the new Paisley centre.
Rob told Road Record: “We are moving key staff into the new centre so that we will be able to hit the ground running both in terms of new and used vehicle sales.”
And the IVECO range is truly diverse – starting with the ubiquitous Daily Van, which has a wide range of powertrains to suit all kinds of customer needs.
Buyers can opt for 2.3 or 3.0-litre engines delivering anything from 116 to 210hp and six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmissions.
There are also gas and electric-driven options available, so this is a vehicle truly at the forefront of the latest commercial vehicle technology.
What you may wish to transport is also hugely variable, too, with GVW options of 3.5 to 7.0 tonnes and cargo volumes from 7.3 to 19.6 cubic metres.
And customers can be sure that their drivers will be well catered for in terms of connectivity, infotainment and safety features.
AM Phillip offers the whole IVECO fleet from the Daily Chassis Cab and minibus to the new S-WAY range of trucks.
The firm also sells a full variety of Fiat Professional and Ford Commercial vehicles at its dealerships, which include sites in Forfar, Dundee, Glenrothes, Broxburn and Conon Bridge.
Rob said: “There’s been a big boom in haulage, from HGVs to vans, during lockdown as people have switched to online buying and we see the sector growing in the next few years.
“The good news for firms needing commercial vehicles in Scotland is that we are there to help them – whether it’s for buying or maintaining their fleets.”