Celebrating 20 years

CM Specialist Vehicle Division has reached the ripe old age of 20 and in celebration of this milestone we’d like to share a snap-shot of our journey.

The official order book was opened in August 1998 when Boyzone’s “No matter What” was at number 1, Tony Blair was in number 10 and David Beckham was our favourite number 7. That was the summer that CM Specialist Vehicles took their first order of two Mercedes Sprinters to convert into PSU’s for a local police force.

Our relationships with the UK Police Fleet Managers has gone from strength to strength over the years, with PSU’s still remaining part of CMSV’s core business. Technology and materials have obviously changed and improved and CMSV are proud to say that they have moved and grown with these changes.

Though CMSV started with police conversions this quickly expanded into all blue and amber light divisions and later to the private sector. As part of the strategic growth plan, and to strengthen it’s skill base, in 2014, CMSV then acquired the IP & assets of Auto Electrical Services, specialising specifically in the installation of integrated electrical and communication systems.

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Covert surveillance vehicle circa 2006

Based on the same Westhoughton site where we first started we have never lost sight of where we came from. Investing in local talent and employee development we run a successful apprenticeship scheme instilling the same values of customer service and craftsmanship in the next generation of auto electricians.

The company has grown in size with a purpose-built factory being completed in April 2000 which greatly expanded our capacity to meet growing demand. Naturally this also lead to an increase in the workforce and CMSV now boasts a team of dedicated staff covering sales, engineering, manufacturing and, of course, our apprentices.

Merseyside Police ARV circa 2008

Having worked with Search and Rescue Teams, the NHS, and private security firms to name but a few, CMSV has built a proud reputation for producing consistently reliable conversions and exceptional after-sales care. Looking back fondly on the past 20 years we are reminded of how far we have come. And with technology ever-changing CMSV is taking strides to stay ahead with hybrid and full electric conversions now available. The next 20 years promises to be even more exciting!

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