Deal includes 36 LCVs and HCVs for blood and transplant unit. Claire Hack reports.
Hitachi Capital’s commercial vehicles arm has signed a deal to supply 36 LCVs and HCVs to the National Health Service’s blood and transplant unit.
The blue light Ford Focus estates are divided between dry freight and refrigerated 3.5- and 7.5-tonne vehicles, and funded on three- or five-year leases.
The deal will help Hitachi Capital to cement its position in public sector leasing, a market it first entered five years ago.
Hitachi Capital Commercial Vehicle Services head of sales Mike MacDougall said: “We have an industry specialist, Alan Mountain, who works just with the public sector and has been in the industry for 10 years.
“We moved into the public sector when he joined us and we have been working with local authorities in the main.”
The funder last year secured a place on the framework agreement of procurement body Buying Solutions, which took over commercial vehicle leasing for the NHS in 2009.
The latest deal was arranged through Buying Solutions’ framework for contract hire of commercial vehicles, conversions and trailers. Six other suppliers are on the list, including Automotive Leasing and ING Car Lease UK.
Larry Bannon, fleet manager for the blood and transplant unit, the largest commercial vehicle operator within the NHS, said: “Hitachi Capital’s inclusion in the Buying Solutions agreement was important, as it meant that we didn’t have to conduct a full tender process, which can be costly and time-consuming.
“Hitachi Capital got the basics right, informing us of progress every step of the way and advising us on new initiatives.”
The new vehicles will be used to transport blood and blood components from donors to patients, with Hitachi Capital responsible for their safe decommissioning.