UK-based finished vehicle carrier Quantum Automotive Services has merged with fellow UK car carrier Sensible Transport. The new business will maintain the Quantum Automotive brand expanding the joint fleet of vehicles to 60 and distributing around 160,000 vehicles per year.
The latest move is a significant build on Quantum’s beginnings in October 2009 when it started business with just six Volvo carriers and a cautious strategy of avoiding the legacy issues affecting other companies facing the downturn (read more here).
Quantum reports it is now also offering PDI and refurbishment for more than 30,000 vehicles through its technical services site in Dorset and prior to the merger with Sensible had grown its fleet to 10.
The company’s commercial director Tim Harms told Automotive Logistics News: "The merger was attractive because the Sensible fleet have very few legacy issues. The fleet is well utilised, the staff flexible and motivated. It was a good match. Regarding the market outlook, we remain cautious about the recovery timescale but believe that there could be a shortage of carrying capacity over the short to medium term (two years+).”
Quantum began with customers including Gefco, Jaguar Land Rover and Ambrosetti UK. It now also provides services for BCA, Enterprise, Europcar, Ford GB, Greenhous Group, Helphire, Hendy Group, Manheim, Perodua.
Quantum’s new operating structure will see Steve Berry extend his role as managing director. Dave Bowes is operations director, Tim Harms, commercial director and Sensible’s managing director Roger Bastable will be business development director.