Vehicle Engineering celebrates forty-five years of NAPFM

2018 proves to be yet another successful year for Babcock at the 45th NAPFM Conference, enjoying record footfall on our stand. The Vehicle Engineering presence at NAPFM has been a continuous fixture in the exhibition and show calendar for many years and was once again situated on Stand 39 in Hall 1 of The Emergency Fleet Exhibition, displaying a sample of the blue light and emergency services vehicles converted at our state of the art facility in the industrial heart of the West Midlands.

Phil Peel, Business Development Manager at Babcock, praised the event, describing Babcock’s outlook; “We see the NAPFM Conference and The Emergency Fleet Exhibition as the cornerstone of our presence in the blue light industry, allowing us to continue to develop our long standing relationships with Fleet Managers across the country. This year’s exhibition has built on the success of previous year’s events, and it’s been great to welcome customers old and new onto the stand to see our products.”

Babcock exhibited vehicles from four UK forces and government agencies which have been converted to perform a variety of tasks, demonstrating the importance of how well designed emergency services vehicles can support a wide range of policing roles, while improving officer productivity and increasing public safety. Also on show was one of our armoured vehicles, which continue to prove popular with Counter Terror groups and Armed Response teams across a number of forces.

We would like to thank all those who joined us on the stand, and especially our customers for the kind loan of their vehicles for display;

  • BMW 530d Driving School Car – South Wales Police
  • Mitsubishi Shogun SWB Search and Rescue vehicle – HM Coastguard
  • Mercedes Sprinter MWB Protected Support Unit – Surrey & Sussex Police
  • BMW i3 Patrol Car – Metropolitan Police Service
  • Toyota Land Cruiser 200 Armoured Vehicle – Babcock Vehicle Engineering

MacNeillie showcases armoured vehicles at DVD

MacNeillie would like to thank all those that visited our stand at DVD. We very much enjoyed welcoming both familiar and new faces as well as updating the sector on our latest developments.

Our market leading armoured products attracted much attention including the Iveco Daily Minibus with VR7 protection level, floor blast protection, 14-seat capacity and other key features such as an emergency escape hatch. Our market leading armoured Toyota Land Cruiser also much generated interest with its BR6 protection level, DM31 mine protection level and is PAS300 certified.

This is the first DVD event since MacNeillie became part of Babcock International Group, and it proved a great opportunity to meet colleagues across the Defence business and to share the innovation and best practice, within our areas, for the benefits of our customers.

In its 16th year, DVD showcases the equipment and technology that can support a British Army and is a key event for all involved in UK Land Forces equipment and support.

Responding to market changes in integrated communications

During DVD we became ever more aware of how quickly MacNeillie has responded to changes, both in customer requirements and leading edge communications technology, since the inaugural show in 2003.

A cursory glance at the outside of a current MacNeillie command and control unit may not reveal the huge acceleration in compliant in-vehicle communications and data systems. Step inside the vehicle and a very different world is revealed with multiple screens projecting satellite tracking imagery, rolling news and planning and mapping software – all driven by frontline officers. This is supported by a satellite broadband system and VoIP plus mesh camera systems amongst other specialist equipment required for military specialist and emergency services vehicles.

The increasing demand for in-vehicle communications has seen MacNeillie grow the size and capability of its team so that we can continue to develop capabilities to meet both current and future requirements. We work closely with customers to fully understand their operational challenges and tailor the solutions to meet these. As an agnostic supplier, we will also select the best in market – introducing innovation where it truly supports the customer. The end user, the officer, is also critical to the solution. That’s why we consider the working environment, from ergonomics to welfare and comfort.

Our communications capability extends to the assessment of radio equipment. This is critical to ensuring the conversion of the vehicles does not throw out any anomalies elsewhere in the machines performance. To achieve this, we have invested in semi-anechoic electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) test facilities which provide assessments including antenna performance, and electrical supply disturbance and consumption.

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Catch up on the latest MacNeillie developments at DVD 2016

DVD 2016, Stand SP-36, September 7-8th, Millbrook

MacNeillie is showcasing its market leading specialist vehicle conversions and electronic and communication integration capabilities at DVD 2016, from September 7-8th at Millbrook.

Aware of the ever greater pressure to balance the latest advancements with budgetary constraints, MacNeillie is constantly sourcing and testing the latest materials and technology to help the UK Land Forces meet future challenges. You can find out about these developments at the September show including innovations around composite materials, ballistic protection and communications.

Much interest has been shown in our EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) vehicles and, at DVD, we look forward to talking through how we tailor these to our customers’ requirements. In addition to a range of options around the specification and performance, we can help support the end user with stowage and transportation solutions of robots and EOD associated Tools & Equipment – as well as ramp systems that assist in the loading and unloading of Robots.

As part of Babcock International Group, an international leader in engineering support services, MacNeillie is also focussed on helping its customers to reduce the whole-life cost and maintenance of specialist vehicles – supporting vehicles both in the UK and worldwide. Visit MacNeillie’s specialist vehicle stand and the Babcock stand (located SP-19) to find out more.

MacNeillie is the UK’s leading specialist vehicle converter, with a history spanning over 100 years. We understand the challenging environment in which our clients operate, customising our vehicles to meet their exacting requirements – taking into account the level of protection, operational usage and terrain and environment. This includes both overt and covert customer based solutions, and products ranging from simple vehicle communications installation to complex Command & Control Systems. We provide fully tested and compliant products for all emergency services as well as to governments and other security focussed organisations.


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