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ALD Automotive is launching its own range of Trade Vans – specially kitted out vans for the professional trades – similar in function to Renault’s Ready4Work range (pictured) which was launched at the CV Show 2014

THE leasing company ALD Automotive has launched its own version of a ‘Trade Van’ for those in the trades – electricians, plumbers, decorators and so on.

The ALD Trade Van will suit the exact needs and specifications of professional trades, says ALD, with a range of high quality internal fittings.

Businesses will be able to tailor each van according to trade and the internal conversions will be completed by engineers from Sortimo International Group, Europe’s largest manufacturer of innovative secure in-vehicle storage equipment for light commercial vehicles.

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Internal racking specific to the trade – plumber, electrician, decorator – will be provided by Sortimo as part of the new ALD Automotive Trade Van offering

The standard conversion includes:

  • non-slip floors
  • polyprop sides
  • door protection
  • Sortimo racking

Optional upgrades for roof systems, personal protective equipment and electrical equipment along with bespoke signwriting can also be done at the same time as the conversion to ensure that the van is ready to work as soon as it is collected.

In addition, each vehicle is weighed once the conversion is completed so the operator is clear how much payload remains. The conversions are grouped according to trade giving professionals tailored options and flexibility specific to their day-to-day needs.

Matt Dale, LCV Operations Manager for ALD Automotive, said: “We’re very excited to launch Trade Van to our customers as we expand our presence in the trade market with a strong product designed to meet trade professional’s varied needs. We’ve worked closely with Sortimo to ensure each vehicle is fit-for-purpose and meets European Whole Vehicle Type Approval, so the customer can be assured they’re consistently receiving a quality product.”

Chris Jones, Sales and Marketing Director of Sortimo International, added: “We’re delighted to work with ALD Automotive to bring the new and innovative Trade Van product to their customers. This partnership is a great opportunity for us to demonstrate our understanding of trade professional’s needs by providing a high quality, bespoke product they can rely on.”

No prices have been confirmed by ALD.

The first Trade Vans range was launched back in 2009 by the now defunct Lombard Vehicle Management.

Since then manufacturers have got in on the act such as Renault with its CV launched Ready4Work range at the CV Show earlier this year.


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