Pennings awards nationwide Repair Pod and supply contract to ACIS
Following the recent successful trial of Pennings Accident Repair Centres Repair Pods at two key Europcar sites at Skyport and Purfleet, supported by ACIS Ltd, which reduced vehicle downtime by a third, Pennings has awarded ACIS the contract to supply comprehensive product and technical support to its UK Repair Pod business, as it rolls out to its Sheffield site. ACIS will also service Pennings’ main bodyshop in Watford.
The Repair Pod facilities at the two Europcar van supersites helped maximise returns for the vehicles on hire by having them back on the road more quickly, generating revenue.
When the vehicles arrive at the sites they are triaged to assess whether they can be repaired in the pod, enabling a quicker turnaround, or whether they require a traditional extensive damage repair. As a result, timely product supply and technical support is vital to ensure the vehicles are repaired as quickly as possible to reduce the loss associated with VOR (vehicles off road).
On awarding the contract to ACIS Ltd, Matthew Penning, managing director of Pennings Accident Repair Centres, said, “The timely supply of premium based repair product is critical and ACIS has demonstrated in the support it has provided to the Repair Pod trial that its consistent, high-quality service is second to none. We have no hesitation in extending the contract to our Sheffield site and for the nationwide roll out of the Repair Pod programme as well as to our main Watford bodyshop.”
Graham O’Neill, CEO of ACIS Ltd, commented, “Our commitment is to provide an agile, flexible, value-driven approach to service the body repair supply chain effectively. We’re delighted that Pennings is reaping the benefits of our distribution model, ensuring our position as the supplier of choice for repairers.”