Two vehicle supply specialists - Advanced Minibus and KFS Special Vehicles - have merged to form a new business, called Advanced KFS Special Vehicles.

Advanced Minibus, based in Clay Cross, Derbyshire, supplied more than 200 vehicles annually and KFS Special Vehicles, based in Andover, Hampshire more than 130 vehicles to a large variety of customers.

Between them they have 43 years' of combined experience and the new business has more than 40 staff based at offices in Hampshire and in Derbyshire.

It will continue to focus on adapting and supplying a wide range of specialist and bespoke vehicles, including minibuses, grounds maintenance vehicles, car transporters, recovery vehicles, plant hire vehicles, prototype pre-production models and disabled accessible minibuses. Customers include councils, schools, charities and businesses.

The new company is lead by Ian Knight as Managing Director, Mark Adams as Production Director in Andover, Gary Robinson as Production Director in Clay Cross, Derbyshire and Steve Elwell as Sales Director.

Knight said: 'Both companies have a good reputation for quality and are recognised by numerous base vehicle suppliers for the various sectors they work in.

'The merger has given us a superb product range. With both companies operating in vehicle supply, often with the same customer but not with the same product type. Our new business has a broader appeal with a wide range of quality products from single car transporters to fully accessible van based mini buses.

'By combining our operations and highly skilled teams, we are able to bring a wider selection of vehicles to market and provide our clients with the right equipment for the right job.'

Advanced KFS builds vehicles on a wide range of motor manufacturers' base vehicles, including Citroen, Volkswagen, Ford, Iveco, Renault, Peugeot and Fiat. The company will be making one of its first trade appearances at the Sports and Amenities Landscaping Trade Exhibition (SALTEX) at the NEC in Birmingham on November 4-5 at stand K180.