Venari Group secures agreement with German manufacturer

Pictured (L-R): Ken Davy, chairman of Venari Group; Rene Pol, chief sales officer of Ziegler Group and Oliver North, CEO of Venari Group

West Yorkshire-based Venari Group has secured an agreement with a German firefighting truck and equipment manufacturer. Under the manufacturing partnership, Ziegler Group’s range of products will be built in the UK for the British firefighting and rescue market. Venari Group is the parent company of ambulance manufacturer O&H Vehicle Technology.

The deal is set to create jobs at the group’s new Brighouse headquarters. Venari Group chief executive Oliver North said: “We are absolutely delighted to announce this partnership, which is exciting for all parties involved, including ourselves, Ziegler, the UK firefighting market, and the wider economy. “With Venari having ambitious plans for the emergency vehicle market, we were keen to arrive in the sector with a fundamental increase in technology and innovation from the current firefighting standard.

Ziegler’s vehicles have evolved over the past 125 years and are the best I have ever had the pleasure of trialling. To manufacture them in Yorkshire, according to Ziegler’s IP, specifically for the British fire market is fantastic for the region.” Ziegler, headquartered in Giengen, Germany, is one of the world’s largest firefighting vehicle manufacturers.

Founded in 1891, the company employs 1,350 staff over seven production sites and has five international sales locations. Rene Pol, chief sales officer and member of Ziegler’s board, added: “As a global leader in firefighting technology, it is critically important that we only partner with organisations that share our passion for perfection. After thorough assessment of one of the industry’s most exciting new brands, Venari, we are delighted to have the company as our manufacturing, sales and service partner for the UK fire market.

“We have been searching for a high-quality UK partner for the past seven years to no avail.

Now, in Venari, led by Oliver North, we have a business partner that shares our passion for technology, efficiency and reliability and to be able to manufacture here in the UK is the best thing for the British economy.”

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