Exclusive import deal makes PME Group the MAN for the job
SOLE ROLE: Bottom left, Jade and Peter Chalk, centre, with Eugen Maier, regional marine sales manager for MAN Nurenberg, left, and Andrew Mellard, at Seawork International. Top the stand, and above, bottom right, Mr Mellard making the announcement.
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 24 Jul 2017
INWARD investing PME Group has been appointed as sole MAN marine engine importer for the UK and Ireland.
The business, which launched its first operational base away from the south coast in Stallingborough as it looks to capitalise on the large number of work boats in offshore wind, was granted the contract at Seawork International.
Andrew Mellard, MAN’s general manager for engines and components, made the announcement at the event in Southampton, where the PME team had a major presence.
PME Group has been a MAN dealership for more than 20 years and the appointment is seen as underlining expertise in the commercial market.
Jade Chalk, commercial director, said: “It was a delight to celebrate sole importer status at the show with so many of our colleagues. MAN’s commitment to the UK market is clear and with this important change in strategy we will move forward with them with a strong belief in continued growth.
“Now the celebrations are over, we need to get down to business. Firstly we want to assure our clients that our dealer network will continue to grow and strengthen, giving excellent support throughout the territory.
“In addition, we believe that our continued focus on the marine industry, and in particular the commercial market, means that we have a tried and tested team who are available for all the technical advice our customers require when considering their engine requirements.”
The head office is in Poole, Dorset, with a further branch in Plymouth. The company came to North East Lincolnshire, with Grimsby MP Melanie Onn officially welcoming them, in October last year, having announced the intention in late spring. It had won work with E.on’s crew transfer vessel supplier for Humber Gateway, North Sea Services.
Mrs Chalk, who works alongside husband Peter, added: “MAN engines are well established and have an excellent reputation. We have worked with wind farm vessels for over seven years and have seen the market share grow steadily as the engines and follow up service and support has won more and more hearts and minds.”
Seawork also saw the launch of Iceni Legend, built by Alicat in the UK and powered with MAN engines D2862 V12.
Along with its partner vessel Iceni Defender; these are the latest state of the art MAN powered 23 metre wind farm vessels built in the UK.
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