UK-based fleet management operator ALD Automotive has said that it plans to expand its fleet size to over 100,000 vehicles during the course of 2014. 

The planned expansion ALD’s fourth consecutive year of growth in 2013, with its total fleet size standing at more than 97,000 carriers: a growth rate of 18%. 

During recent years, ALD has undertaken a significant development project designed to attract carmakers to use their fleets: these have included Volvo, Steria and HSS Group. The group now manages 1m carriers in 37 countries around the world. 

“We have doubled in size in less than five years, the result of a lot of hard work from a great team of people at ALD,” said managing director Mel Dawson. “It also reinforces the strength of our multi-channel sales strategy, which has put us in a great position for continued growth in what remains a very tough market.” 

Dawson said that continuing to invest in innovative technology, and develop new products and services would help its customers to manage their fleets more efficiently.

“We’re also investing significantly in our own systems internally to help us stay ahead of the game,” he said. “It’s an approach which is paying dividends and we anticipate that 2014 will be another very successful year for ALD Automotive.” 

The news comes after February’s announcement that ALD Automotive has signed a two-year contract with BCA, a remarketing supplier.

The contract covers all inspection, collection and refurbishment for ALD’s de-fleet process. ALD will also adopt BCA’s Fleet Control Monitor to handle inventory management requirements. 

Greg Taylor, operations director at ALD, said: "BCA ’s innovative and ‘joined-up’ approach to remarketing, their integrated logistics offering and inventory management, through the advanced Fleet Control Monitor system, will be a major step forward. 

BCA’s Craig Purvey, general manager for sales, added: “This is a significant deal that will deliver a substantial range of attractive stock for buyers at BCA.  We are delighted that after a rigorous market review, BCA has been awarded this exclusive remarketing partnership.”