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Bri-Stor pulls out the stops on major BT build

Bri-Stor is on track to finish a major conversion contract for BT Openreach on time after significantly ramping up its daily production rates.

Bri-Stor’s Ford Transit conversions for BT Openreach

The deal – covering more than 1,400 Ford Transits – was awarded to the conversion specialist in January through BT Fleet Solutions following an extensive procurement process.

The build is due to be completed at the end of April, with Bri-Stor saying that it’s on schedule and that vehicles – which will be used by BT Openreach for cable and fibre installations across the UK – have been positively received by the BT Openreach head office and their engineers in the field.

Simon Webb, operations director at Bri-Stor Systems, said: “Historically, we have built vehicles of this complexity at a maximum rate of eight vehicles per day. This increased to 24 vehicles per day, which was a massive increase in daily production for us.

“This presented numerous logistical and build challenges which the team have worked closely together to overcome and successfully deliver the vehicles to the customer.”

Starting with an empty Transit 350 panel van, Bri-Stor provided a full conversion internally including welfare facilities, onboard power supply system, mobile workshop system, onboard crane, towing and access step system plus full BT graphics.

The contract also saw Bri-Stor utilise sister company Alpha Manufacturing to produce the required parts used in conversions throughout the project.

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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