GILGEN Door Systems UK has appointed Ogilvie Fleet to deliver a comprehensive range of state-of-the-art online vehicle and driver management solutions after outsourcing its company car and van fleet to the fast-growing leasing provider.
A market leader in automatic and industrial door solutions, Gilgen provides installation and service support for all types of powered doors throughout the UK. It runs a fleet of 75 service vans and 43 company cars operated on four-year/100,000-mile contract hire with maintenance agreements.
Crucial factors in Gilgen’s decision to review its vehicle operation and appoint Ogilvie Fleet were reducing the company’s fleet administration burden and operating costs and delivering an improved choice of vehicles to aid staff recruitment and retention.
Gilgen Door Systems UK has more than 50 years’ experience in the design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of automatic doors and industrial doors making the commercial vehicle fleet core to the business operation. Over the next 12 months the business anticipates expansion will trigger a 25% increase in the number of vans operated and a 10-15% rise in company cars.
After a detailed operational review alongside an analysis of the range of light commercial vehicles available taking into account whole life costs, Gilgen chose to switch to an all Volkswagen fleet of Crafter and Transporter models from a mixed-badge solution.
The first 20 Volkswagen Transporter models delivered by Ogilvie Fleet are now in use with some replacing existing vans and others additional assets to the growing fleet.
Bespoke internal conversion work on the vans was undertaken by specialist provider Bott. The van specification includes: work top units, specialist shelving, heated hand wash units and power inverters avoiding the requirement for engineers’ tools to be plugged into the vehicle’s battery.
Gilgen’s company car list extends over five grades and a choice of manufacturers based on Ogilvie True Cost. It takes the principle of whole life costs as its base and then adds in crucial elements to provide a far more accurate representation of the actual costs associated with vehicle operation.
Gilgen’s UK operations director Chris Windust said: “The result is that our employees are now able to choose from a more attractive range of cars. Simultaneously, vehicle operating costs for the business are lower and employees are also benefiting from reduced benefit-in-kind tax bills.”
Ogilvie Fleet director of sales Jo Clark said: “While the light commercial vehicle fleet remains all diesel, we have been able to reintroduce petrol-engined models back into the company car list by using Ogilvie True Cost as the basis for vehicle selection.”
Complementing the new look vehicle solution is a range of additional services provided by Ogilvie Fleet including accident management and driver risk management featuring licence checking and driver support. Furthermore, it has also taken over management of the legacy Gilgen fleet of leased company cars and vans
Additionally, it was Ogilvie Fleet’s multi award-winning online solutions and its commitment to technology – as well as its focus on personal service – that was critical in securing the contract.
Online quotations help empower drivers to seek out their new company car reducing administration for Gilgen, while MiFleet Showroom delivers critical real-time fleet management information and a Driver Guide app gives fleet drivers access to a wide range of essential information on the move.
Meanwhile, Gilgen with assistance from Ogilvie Fleet is targeting accreditation to the Freight Transport Association’s Van Excellence initiative – an industry-led initiative that aims to: enhance standards of van operator compliance, celebrate operators that demonstrate excellence and represent the interests of the van industry.
Mr Windust said: “Working in partnership with Ogilvie Fleet we are establishing an industry-leading fleet policy that delivers reliable and robust support to drivers while also reducing cost and alleviating day-to-day administration.”
Ms Clark concluded: “An ability to deliver financial savings for Gilgen and its drivers alongside the combination of online solutions that reduce the company’s fleet administration burden while empowering drivers to self-help, plus our long-established reputation for personal customer service were crucial in winning the contract. They are among the major hallmarks of the business.”
Gilgen Door Systems was founded in Switzerland in 1961 as a one-man operation supplying automatic doors and gates. In 2011 the business was integrated into the Nabtesco Group of companies headquartered in Japan.
Today the company has a worldwide presence, with a workforce of more than 900 employees, seven subsidiaries and representation in some 70 different countries.