GRP On turning collaboration into innovation

Strong relationships matter as much in the temperature-controlled storage and distribution world as they do in everyday life. In a competitive industry, well-established partnerships are helping companies to maintain the high standards that set them apart. One example of this is the bond between GRP Group, the UK’s leading converter of temperature-controlled panel vans, and telematics and temperature control innovator, Seven Telematics.

Established in 1973, GRP has been installing the Seven Telematics Transcan temperature recorder in its refrigerated van conversions for 30 years.The partnership is still going strong today, with GRP Group installing hundreds of Transcans as standard each year and its customers requesting the optional extras that Seven Telematics provide, such as door switches and fridge relays which provide alerts about fridge on/off events, in addition to accessories that provide alerts about events which could affect cargo and vehicle temperature.

GRP Group amongst other body builders make up the fastest growing proportion of Seven Telematics’ customer-base, with a great demand for the British-made Transcan temperature logger and the recently enhanced version of Transcan, the Transcan Advance which comes with all the required approvals, including VCA & WELMEC, and extensive testing to the BS EN12830 standard for air temperature recorders for the storage and distribution of chilled and frozen food. The Seven Telematics vehicle tracking option is also popular with body builders and their customers as it allows live temperature data to be displayed on the web- based system, along with remote alerts and easy reporting.

Having established itself as the UK’s foremost manufacturer of temperature-controlled vehicles, GRP Group continues to go from strength to strength, having recently achieved Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) status. While GRP Group enjoys success across many market sectors, it is seeing growing demand from the high-end pharmaceutical sector, establishing enduring relationships with pharma companies, hospitals and NHS Trusts. The partnership with Seven Telematics ensures that GRP Group is well-placed to continue with its expansion plans. The company is seeing significant forward orders which will benefit from continued cooperation with Seven Telematics.

GRP’s Managing Director, Lawrence Ness, explains how the partnership with Seven Telematics has benefited his business:

We’re always working hard to not only meet the demands of our industry, but also to raise the standards of service and quality within it. With Seven Telematics, every aspect of the service level is met, in every area of the business, that’s very rare! By working with Seven Telematics and other similarly reliable and innovative suppliers, we’re able to keep providing high-specification, high-quality van conversions.

Lawrence Ness is quick to attribute a significant part of GRP Group’s continued success to collaborations with key partners like Seven Telematics. He says:

Seven Telematics tick all the boxes – customer service, product quality, reliability, professionalism and in-depth industry knowledge. Our customers choose Transcan because of the evermore stringent legislation requirements for better temperature management, remote visibility and higher quality data.

Seven Telematics are by no means the cheapest on the market, but they are the best. This mirrors GRP’s ethos and position in our sector, so there’s a great mutual synergy. Seven Telematics’ products are bristling with advanced technology and very easy to install in any specialist build. However, they don’t just sell the products and leave us to it, they provide on-site client training days too. A valuable aftermarket selling tool. It’s a partnership that has stood the test of time and continues to work extremely well.

For more about GRP Group, visit www.grp-group.co.uk

For more about Seven Telematics, visit www.seventelematics.co.uk