Professional Van Racking Solutions | System Edström

Looking forward to a fabulous 2022!

2022 is here and System Edström is looking to another great year, with some exciting new initiatives on the way.

Over the past few years, the company has performed strongly in difficult circumstances for everyone. Thanks to its investment in new, larger facilities and increasing the amount of stock in the UK, System Edström has continued to supply its versatile, safe and reliable van racking systems to companies across the country.

And this year, we’re setting our sights even higher, with ambitious plans to bring in even more great products, improve sales and raise our profile.

Commercial Director David Sawford said: “We’ve steadily increased our investment in the UK over the years, culminating in the UK being the company’s most successful market outside its home in Sweden. We intend to build on that success to establish System Edström firmly as one of the leading suppliers of van racking solutions to industry, local authorities and utilities.”

Reaching out even more

To achieve this, the company has some exciting projects in the pipeline for 2022. First and foremost, System Edström is building on its success in sponsoring last year’s FN50 awards. The company was a key sponsor of the awards for the first time last year.

This year, as well as continuing our commitment to FN50, we will be announcing another key sponsorship deal and increasing our exhibition commitments.

“Being part of the awards last year was a great way to meet with to existing and new clients,” said David. “By extending our involvement this year, we will reach out to even more people.”

A greener future

System Edström will also continue with its commitment to a more sustainable future. Last year’s Green Report outlined the progress the business has made in making its products and processes more environmentally friendly.

For example, the introduction of lighter materials has helped the company reduce its carbon dioxide emissions dramatically. It has also reduced the amount of steel used in its products by 65 tonnes per year. And this work will continue, with plans to reduce the amount of plastics used even further and to make our racking solutions even more reusable.

With all this in mind, System Edström is looking forward to making 2022 its best year ever.

So here’s to a prosperous New Year to everyone out there – we hope that you can join us on our journey.

Pros and cons with electric van for craftsmen

Pros and cons with an electric van for craftsmen

The interest in electric van has increased significantly in recent years, partly due to an increased environmental awareness among the public and partly due to the fact that the range, price and performance of electric vans have improved quite significantly. It is now both practically and financially defensible for a lot of us to get an electric van, but what is it like for craftsmen?

Environmental friendly

One should not underestimate the fact that the biggest advantage of having an electric van instead of a traditional van, is the environmental benefits. It can ease your own environmental conscience as well as it is something that is becoming more and more important for your customers. A lot of customers prefer to hire companies that they know are taking responsibility for the environment, so by getting an electric van you get an advantage over your competitors who still run on petrol or diesel. However, there are still not many of us who want bragging rights from customers over practical and economic possibilities. So how reasonable is it really for you as a craftsman to get an electric van?

Is an electric van a good idea for you?

In short, it can be said that if you primarily move in an urban environment and have the opportunity to charge the van at home – either by installing a charging box in your garage or in the driveway, or if you apartment complex has its own charging stations – it can make both practical and economical sense for you to get an electric van.

Depending on which model you have, you can count on a range of 100 km for some electric vans and 200 km for others. So before you start thinking about which model is best for you, it is a good idea to keep a log on how far you drive every day.

A lot of models also have fast charging which allows you to charge the battery up to 80% in under an hour, so if you know that there are lunch or coffee places around your work that offer fast charging, that is also worth taking into consideration.

Economic aspects

What about the economy? Electric vans are normally slightly more expensive than the corresponding traditional alternative, but they are definitely cheaper to both own and drive. Electricity as fuel is much cheaper than petrol and diesel, electric vans require significantly less maintenance because of the electric motor that has fewer moving parts that can break, and you also get an environmental bonus of up to £7 000 when buying an electric van. Also the vehicle tax is much lower…

Pros and cons

All in all, it can be said that the pros and cons of having an electric van as a craftsman is:

Cons:

  • You need to make sure that you have places to charge the van
  • You can not drive more than 100-200 km between charges, depending on the model
  • More expensive to buy

Pros:

  • Better for the environment (which a lot of customers appreciate)
  • Lower operating costs and taxes
  • Needs less maintenance and service
  • Is allowed in environmental zones in cities
  • Less noise
  • Fast acceleration

Which electric van should you get?

This is a selection of suitable options for the craftsmen who wants to get an electric van:

  • Renault Kangoo Z.E
  • Nissan e-NV200
  • Opel Vivaro-e
  • Mercedes eVito
  • Volkswagen e-Caddy
  • Volkswagen e-Crafter
  • Volkswagen e-Transporter

All of these are excellent options for all types of craftsmen with different strengths and weaknesses. All of them are also compatible with System Edström’s van racking.

Professional Van Racking Solutions | System Edström

Helping you get back in business

It has undoubtedly been a tough year for many companies. It seems now that the worst is over, however, and we are sure many of you will be keen to get your businesses back up to full speed.

To help you, System Edström has been working hard to ensure that we are on hand to help you.

Our team of expert installers are now all back on site at our state-of-the-art facilities in Northamptonshire. We have also taken measures to ensure we have the stock we need to fulfil all your orders quickly and efficiently. We are fully stocked on site and are receiving regular deliveries from our main warehouse in Sweden.

In the office, our sales advisors and members of our customer service team are all either back to their desks or working from home with our reliable remote working systems, so that they need never miss a call. They will be available to help you design your perfect van racking configuration and help process your orders speedily.

Stock, speed, design – we offer the complete service to get your business back on the road again.

For the perfect van racking solution, call us on 01536 203040 or email info@edstrom.co.uk now.

UK update on our Covid-19 response

 

Dear Customers and Suppliers,

System Edström UK operational update  27th May 2020 

The health and safety of our team at System Edström remains paramount as we continue through the Coronavirus pandemic. Over the past weeks we have been working with team leaders, key partners and industry advisers on the optimum way to operate. Our key personnel have been working within the business to get ‘the new-normal’ into place, testing new workshop procedures and processes in order to help protect our staff and the business. Thanks go to them for their hard work, understanding and efforts. 

Our administration, sales, engineering and accounts teams will continue to work remotely. This has been helped by our rapid adoption of new procedures, a new telephone system and additional IT infrastructure. Our plan is to increase staffing levels, bringing people back into the business in line with the automotive sector’s emergence from this virus. 

In order to minimise risk within the workshops, we have introduced new processes and working hours. In addition, we have launched a second site, specifically tailored to support vehicle collections and deliveries, and to provide a safe environment for sub-contractors to operate from.  

Our manufacturing facilities continue to operate at good capacity in Sweden. We have increased our UK stock holding to ensure that we have the volumes required to accommodate all existing and new orders, ensuring that we can deliver kit quickly and efficiently to our dealers and customers. 

But it’s not over yet. We will continue to remain vigilante and will react to any new guidance or recommendations accordingly.  

So, to summarise: 

  • We have the stock and will continue to do so 
  • We have opened additional facilities 
  • We have introduced new technologies 
  • Our workshop is converting vehicles 
  • And we continue to be open for business 

Finally, thanks go to all our customers and suppliers for your continued support as we navigate through this global crisis. Please continue to stay safe everybody. 

Yours sincerely 

David Sawford

Commercial Director

Edstrom of Sweden Ltd 

Opening Our Doors To Industry

Opening Our Doors To Industry 2019-09-30 Visitors to System Edström took a tour of the Swedish van racking provider’s Corby workshop at an open day earlier this month. The day was an opportunity for leasing partners, vehicle manufacturers, dealers, customers and prospects to find out more about System Edström’s van racking solutions, service and business.

Saving Solihull Community Housing time and money

System Edström’s design and livery expertise came to the fore in a recent deal with Solihull Community Housing (SCH), saving the organisation much-needed funds and time.

SCH is an Arm’s Length Management Organisation (ALMO) that manages Solihull Council’s housing stock. The Council owns the properties but SCH delivers the housing services. It runs a fleet of vans for its staff to deliver all its housing services.

System Edström has worked with SCH since 2013. With a large proportion of the fleet reaching the end of its life, SCH needed to replace a number of vehicles, and kit them out with appropriate racking. The organisation has also undergone a rebranding exercise, which meant all new vehicles needed to feature the new look. A number of vehicles, which had at least a year of their working lives remaining, also needed re-branding.

The fleet consists mainly of Ford Transit Customs, with various other specialist vehicles. System Edström Managing Director Peter Corderey said: “The main bulk of the vehicles are general purpose, using the vans for storage of tools and materials for their trade operatives. We’ve also done some more specific vehicles for their pest control, asbestos and garage maintenance teams.”

With the help of System Edström’s racking experts, SCH reviewed its racking requirements. The review found that much of the existing racking was no longer needed. This allowed System Edström to develop a new solution that simplified the racking system in the vans. This solution also re-used as much of the racking from the old vans as possible, making the most of the long service life and re-usability of System Edström’s products.

By simplifying the solution and re-using products, System Edström was able to save SCH a substantial amount of money. This is vital to the work of organisations like SCH and allowed them to reinvest that money in other areas.

When it came to the new branding, System Edström was able to save SCH even more time and money. The new branding, which has given SCH a stylish modern look, had to be applied to more than 60 new vans, which had been kitted out by System Edström, as well as around a dozen other vehicles.

Working with their key graphics partner, System Edström was able to design a graphics solution that incorporated the new branding, along with a distinctive colour scheme. By doing much of the work itself, System Edström saved SCH the money and complications that would have come with employing a graphic design agency. “What was a simple livery on the vans now has become a half-wrap and a new brand, and new corporate identity for them,” said Peter Corderey.

The process was complicated by the various warning signs that the vans need to display to comply with safety legislation. Whether they be for flammable substances, gases or other hazardous materials, each van needs to display the correct signs. These were incorporated into the design work the System Edström did, resulting in a solution that looks great and is in keeping with SCH’s new look.

Peter Corderey concluded: “From our point of view it’s all gone very smoothly. There’s been some last-minute juggling and changes to the liveries, but the mainstay of all the vehicles are now rebranded. We’ve got 22 more to do this month, plus we have a dozen existing vehicles that are having a livery update and re-brand on site. Ultimately, the new image and brand will be seen everywhere in the local community.”

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