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SUPPLIER | FAIVELEY VAPOR RICON miniplus.co.uk | June 2017 | 31 minibuses it the S-series. Available in solid- and split-platform options, the company describes it as being compact and simple to operate. It is rated at 350kg as standard, with a bariatric version available rated at 500kg. FVR is also working with a third party to supply wheelchair restraints. Again, they are available now. Door developments A further target for FVR is the door market. It has systems that are proven, says Paul, and they are ready to go. Its electricpowered products have a clever energy release system for emergencies, and it is targeting all convertors and bodybuilders. “We already supply most of them with our S-series lift and the target is to build on that,” Paul says, adding that FVR is mindful that different convertors use different-sized doors. “We use CAD modelling for the design, and then provide a price. A small initial number of doors are installed by our engineers at convertors’ premises to ensure that everything works correctly, and after that they are provided for its own staff to fit.” Despite the size of FVR and its parent group, one-offs for particular applications are not beyond its grasp. “We’re building a reputation by working with smaller bodybuilders and convertors, and we have done many one-offs in various areas. Our view is that if it works, people will come back to us, and then the product is no longer a one-off,” says Paul. FVR’s doors undergo extensive durability proving on a dedicated rig, and electric models are tested to 1m cycles. Backing it up With new developments already here and more still to come, FVR points out that it offers a strong backup network. Its engineers who are already competent with existing products are being trained to deal with new additions. “We are proud of the fact that the Vapor Ricon brand is established in the UK and that we are highly regarded for the quality of our aftermarket service. We offer up-front engineering support and customers deal directly with ourselves, not an agent,” says Paul. In cases where support is required, an engineer will be despatched, and parts can also be couriered to the operator. Vehicle off road incidences are prioritised, he adds. FVR is a company that has big plans for the future in the minicoach and minibus markets, and in Wabtec, it has the backing behind it to succeed. Stay tuned for more news on coming developments. FOR MORE INFORMATION www.vaporricon.co.uk 1. The S-series lift is described as being compact, lightweight and easy to operate 2. Faiveley Vapor Ricon Business Unit Manager Paul Hemingway (right) with Sales Manager Michael Dickinson 3. Simplicity, with strong back-up, are the names of the game 4. Doors are tested to 1m cycles on a dedicated rig 1 2 3 4 There is no difference at all as far as our customers are concerned; all that has changed is our trading name


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