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Broad sector interest in MacNeillie composites

The Advanced Engineering 2016 Show proved another successful event for MacNeillie’s Composite Division.

MacNeillie’s team welcomed visitors from a broad range of industries who expressed interest in composites being provided for prototypes through to more mainstream automotive parts. In particular MacNeillie’s experience in different sectors, coupled with the company’s innovative approach to the material’s process, generated both promising meetings and opportunities in new areas.

Taking place at the beginning of November, the NEC event provides an opportunity for MacNeillie to promote its affordable lightweight materials used within specialist coach-built vehicle bodies, composite specialist bodies, sporting event vehicles and other specialist vehicles. Products can be provided as part of an integrated specialist conversion or as a standalone part.The event attracts over 700 exhibitors, and is the largest UK forum for advanced engineering professionals.

Martin Gouldthorpe, MacNeillie’s Technical Sales Manager (Composites) said: “We are delighted by the response we’ve received at the show – welcoming both new faces and those who know us for our vehicle conversion products in specific sectors.

“Our Composites Division has gone from strength to strength over the last ten years, and we remain committed to producing composites that are both affordable and high performing – innovating where we can to support our customers.”

MacNeillie has booked ahead for the 2017 Advanced Engineering Show next November, located on stand 0161 – by the main networking area in the Composites Engineering section.

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MacNeillie showcases its composite solutions at the NEC

 

MacNeillie is exhibiting its affordable lightweight composite solutions at the Advanced Engineering 2016 Show, which takes place from 2nd to 3rd November at the NEC. With over 700 exhibitors, the event provides the largest UK forum for advanced engineering professionals, bringing together OEMs and tier 1 manufacturers with all levels of the engineering supply chain. Come and see us on Stand M161.

Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, MacNeillie’s Composite team will be sharing its advancements and expanding range of products with visitors at the show. They will see first-hand how MacNeillie has developed its custom-design and manufacturing processes to deliver complex shapes and structures which would otherwise be extremely challenging and expensive with traditional alternative materials. Further, the team works in close collaboration with customers to ensure a full understanding of the product’s use and environment. This is built into the solution to ensure both robustness and longevity.

MacNeillie offers composites for a broad product range from specialist coach-built vehicle bodies, such as horseboxes, through to composite specialist bodies used for riot protection or public order vehicles. In addition to supplying composites for traditional coachwork, we supply specialist composite parts for sporting event vehicles and other specialist vehicles. These include track day bumper protection system, air ducts, bonnets and spoiler kits. Composite products can be provided as part of a MacNeillie conversion or as standalone product.

Part of Babcock International Group, MacNeillie is the UK’s leading specialist vehicle converter with a history spanning over 100 years. MacNeillie understands the challenging environment in which our customers operate, customising our vehicles to meet their exacting requirements – taking into account the level of protection, operational usage and terrain and environment.

Please click the link here if you would like to book ahead a meeting with our Composites team at the Composites Show.

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MacNeillie showcases armoured vehicles at DVD

MacNeillie would like to thank all those that visited our stand at DVD. We very much enjoyed welcoming both familiar and new faces as well as updating the sector on our latest developments.

Our market leading armoured products attracted much attention including the Iveco Daily Minibus with VR7 protection level, floor blast protection, 14-seat capacity and other key features such as an emergency escape hatch. Our market leading armoured Toyota Land Cruiser also much generated interest with its BR6 protection level, DM31 mine protection level and is PAS300 certified.

This is the first DVD event since MacNeillie became part of Babcock International Group, and it proved a great opportunity to meet colleagues across the Defence business and to share the innovation and best practice, within our areas, for the benefits of our customers.

In its 16th year, DVD showcases the equipment and technology that can support a British Army and is a key event for all involved in UK Land Forces equipment and support.

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Responding to market changes in integrated communications

During DVD we became ever more aware of how quickly MacNeillie has responded to changes, both in customer requirements and leading edge communications technology, since the inaugural show in 2003.

A cursory glance at the outside of a current MacNeillie command and control unit may not reveal the huge acceleration in compliant in-vehicle communications and data systems. Step inside the vehicle and a very different world is revealed with multiple screens projecting satellite tracking imagery, rolling news and planning and mapping software – all driven by frontline officers. This is supported by a satellite broadband system and VoIP plus mesh camera systems amongst other specialist equipment required for military specialist and emergency services vehicles.

The increasing demand for in-vehicle communications has seen MacNeillie grow the size and capability of its team so that we can continue to develop capabilities to meet both current and future requirements. We work closely with customers to fully understand their operational challenges and tailor the solutions to meet these. As an agnostic supplier, we will also select the best in market – introducing innovation where it truly supports the customer. The end user, the officer, is also critical to the solution. That’s why we consider the working environment, from ergonomics to welfare and comfort.

Our communications capability extends to the assessment of radio equipment. This is critical to ensuring the conversion of the vehicles does not throw out any anomalies elsewhere in the machines performance. To achieve this, we have invested in semi-anechoic electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) test facilities which provide assessments including antenna performance, and electrical supply disturbance and consumption.

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Delivering ten successful years of composites

MacNeillie is celebrating the tenth anniversary of its Composite Division in 2016. Originally acquired in 2006, the Division has expanded its production and supply of affordable advanced composite products for a wide range of external customers and applications .

Advanced composite materials provide a unique solution for light weighting and robust protection requirements, and are often used within military and emergency services products. Over the last 10-years, MacNeillie has continually invested in its people and facilities to ensure it remains at the forefront of the application of advanced composites – designing and producing complex shapes and structures which would otherwise be extremely challenging and expensive with traditional alternative materials.

MacNeillie offers composites for a broad product range from specialist coach-built vehicle bodies, such as horseboxes, through to composite specialist bodies used for riot protection or public order vehicles. In addition to supplying composites for traditional coachwork, we supply specialist composite parts for sporting event vehicles and other specialist vehicles. These include track day bumper protection system, air ducts, bonnets and spoiler kits.

You can find out more about MacNeillie composites at DVD, from September 7-8th at Millbrook , where we are showcasing our specialist vehicle conversions and electronic and communication integration capabilities. Further we will be exhibiting at the Composites Show at the NEC from November 2nd-3rd.

Part of Babcock International Group, MacNeillie is the UK’s leading specialist vehicle converter with a history spanning over 100 years. MacNeillie understands the challenging environment in which our customers operate, customising our vehicles to meet their exacting requirements – taking into account the level of protection, operational usage and terrain and environment. This includes both overt and covert customer based solutions, and products ranging from simple vehicle communications installation to complex Command & Control Systems. We provide fully tested and compliant products for all emergency services as well as to governments and other security focussed organisations.

Please click the link here if you would like to book ahead a meeting with our Composites team at DVD or the Composites Show.

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Catch up on the latest MacNeillie developments at DVD 2016

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MacNeillie is showcasing its market leading specialist vehicle conversions and electronic and communication integration capabilities at DVD 2016, from September 7-8th at Millbrook.

Aware of the ever greater pressure to balance the latest advancements with budgetary constraints, MacNeillie is constantly sourcing and testing the latest materials and technology to help the UK Land Forces meet future challenges. You can find out about these developments at the September show including innovations around composite materials, ballistic protection and communications.

Much interest has been shown in our EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) vehicles and, at DVD, we look forward to talking through how we tailor these to our customers’ requirements. In addition to a range of options around the specification and performance, we can help support the end user with stowage and transportation solutions of robots and EOD associated Tools & Equipment – as well as ramp systems that assist in the loading and unloading of Robots.

As part of Babcock International Group, an international leader in engineering support services, MacNeillie is also focussed on helping its customers to reduce the whole-life cost and maintenance of specialist vehicles – supporting vehicles both in the UK and worldwide. Visit MacNeillie’s specialist vehicle stand and the Babcock stand (located SP-19) to find out more.

MacNeillie is the UK’s leading specialist vehicle converter, with a history spanning over 100 years. We understand the challenging environment in which our clients operate, customising our vehicles to meet their exacting requirements – taking into account the level of protection, operational usage and terrain and environment. This includes both overt and covert customer based solutions, and products ranging from simple vehicle communications installation to complex Command & Control Systems. We provide fully tested and compliant products for all emergency services as well as to governments and other security focussed organisations.

 

Please click the link here if you would like to book ahead a meeting with our team at DVD.

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Welcome from Richard Semmens, MacNeillie’s Managing Director

I am delighted to be appointed Managing Director of S. MacNeillie & Son. The support and welcome I have received over the first weeks, from all facets of the business, has been great.

This initial period has been particularly important in familiarising myself with the business, particularly the excellent relationships that we have built with our customers and suppliers. I strongly believe that our customer focused culture and tailored approach is critical to building long-term partnerships and providing ever greater value.

I have been impressed with the craftsmanship and technical skills demonstrated by our people, and I am keen to invest in their ongoing development as well as those joining us through our expanding apprenticeship scheme. This development is core to the continuous improvement of our products and services.

With my manufacturing background in many sectors, I am looking forward to working with our teams to ensure best practice across our processes and to develop our product and materials range to give our customers what they need – now and in the future.

Some 18-months have now passed since Babcock first acquired MacNeillie, and this has brought a number of benefits to the business and our customers. I intend to build on this, leveraging better terms from our supplier relationships across the Group and bringing across the latest asset management practices and processes to the benefit of our customers.

Finally I would like to pay tribute to Nigel and the team that have achieved so much over the years. My ambition is to build on that strong foundation of high quality specialist vehicle conversions, to integrate MacNeillie, and to work closely with our customers to develop future products and technologies needed for those next challenges.

I look forward to working with you all.

Richard Semmens

Managing Director, MacNeillie

 

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MacNeillie exhibits at NAPFM

MacNeillie is looking forward to welcoming customers and suppliers to its stand at NAPFM, which takes place from 7th to 8th June at The International Centre in Telford. The National Association of Police Fleet Managers’ (NAPFM) Conference and The Emergency Fleet Exhibition Conference, now in its 43rd year, is one of the largest emergency service fleet events in Europe.

MacNeillie is showcasing a range of specialist vehicle conversions including its recently developed Protected Personnel Carrier (PPC) for a UK Police Service. This provides secure transportation for police officers and equipment, and is built to the National PPC specification. We will also be promoting our sector-leading integration of technical and complex electronic and communication systems capabilities at the event.

As the UK’s leading specialist vehicle converter, we offer one of the largest and comprehensive choices within the emergency services sector. We understand the challenging environment in which our clients operate, customising our vehicles to meet their exacting requirements – taking into account the level of protection, operational usage and environment. This includes both overt and covert customer based solutions, and products ranging from simple vehicle communications installation to complex Command & Control Systems. In a changing world, you can be reassured that we’ll continue to support those vehicles when and where you need it.

Part of Babcock International Group, we can also deliver whole-life support on one off specialist conversions or across a fleet.

Find us on Stand 22. For more details on our capabilities go to:

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ISNR proves a success for MacNeillie

MacNeillie’s inaugural stand at ISNR attracted the attention of governments and organisations looking to increase their resilience through high quality customised vehicles. Supported by Babcock’s in-country business, the team hosted delegates from across the Middle East – welcoming new contacts, and existing customers and suppliers.

ISNR is a leading biennial event specialising in homeland security and national resilience for governments, security and emergency services. It provides an important showcase for the Middle East covering innovative technologies and the latest strategies to support frontline delivery in an ever changing world.

The event forms part of a broader international programme to promote our full capabilities in vehicle conversion and integration of technical and complex electronic and communication systems – with the ability to support vehicles globally.

For more details on our capabilities:

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MacNeillie exhibits at ISNR

MacNeillie is looking forward to welcoming customers and suppliers to its inaugural stand at ISNR, which takes place from 15th to 17th March in Abu Dhabi. Supported by Babcock in-country team, the event forms part of an international programme to promote MacNeillie’s leading vehicle conversion and integration capabilities.

ISNR is a leading biennial event specialising in homeland security and national resilience for governments, security and emergency services. It provides an important showcase for the Middle East covering innovative technologies and the latest strategies to support frontline delivery in an ever changing world.

Specialist vehicles and systems are critical to building resilience, and we will be promoting our sector-leading vehicle conversion and integration of technical and complex electronic and communication systems capabilities at the event.

We offer one of the largest and comprehensive choices within the vehicle conversion market, customising individual and whole fleets of vehicles to meet the specific requirements of our clients – from considering the protection of officers through to performance of vehicles within different terrains and environments. We can also support those vehicles globally, offering a full and consummate fleet solution.

Find us on Stand 3422, next to the Innovation Podium at ISNR.

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