Truckman has strengthened its production and distribution capabilities with the appointment of Bharat Patel as its new Operations Manager.
The position became available following the unexpected death of Truckman Operations Manager Carl Bowcock earlier this year and Patel joins the West Midlands-based 4×4 accessory manufacturer and supplier with three decades’ experience in manufacturing industry, including a period in the automotive sector. Patel began his career in quality assurance covering a range of disciplines and progressing through various positions.
He spent 12 years with Qi Van Systems where his roles included, operations, production design, sales, logistics, customer service, aftersales and procurement. According to Truckman, Patel will support the continued development of its processes and procedures to enhance production efficiencies and levels of productivity skills.
His experience in budgeting is also expected to benefit cost efficiency at the company. Patel said: “I am thrilled to have joined the team here at Truckman. With more than 30 years of experience in industry, I have gained expert skills in planning, design, operations and value added services, which I believe will drive performance output and increase efficiencies in operations.”
From its facility in Dudley, West Midlands, Truckman designs and builds hardtops for pick-up trucks for UK and European markets that meet stringent quality requirements and are OEM approved by the leading manufacturers, including Toyota, Ford, Volkswagen, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Isuzu. Mike Wheeler, Executive Chairman of Truckman, said: “As the demand for our hardtops increases, we are always looking for ways to meet the growing customer requirements by recruiting expert industry professionals.
“I am delighted to welcome Bharat to the team as I am confident he will bring an invaluable set of skills and experience to our already highly-talented team.”