BILLSON Trucks Port Elizabeth officially inaugurated a new state-of-the-art dealer facility for Volvo Group Southern Africa brands, Volvo Trucks and UD Trucks, at an investment of over R100 million last week Friday.The company, which was established in 1986, has been a UD Trucks franchised dealer since 2001, and is one of Volvo Trucks’ newest independent dealers. According to Billson Trucks owner Patrick Billson this new development is set to change the face of the city’s Deal Party industrial area while also creating job employment. “Deal Party has been neglected to a certain extent in favour of Coega. Yes, Coega is great and has obviously been a great catalyst for our business but Deal Party has really been the heart of our original industrial area.“With the acquisition of Volvo Trucks, we are bringing business back into Port Elizabeth, as I am a firm believer in keeping it local, supporting local companies and suppliers to boost our local industries, to create and sustain jobs,” Billson said. The facility boasts 11 30-metre long services bays, of which four also have service pits, a roadworthy test lane plus an additional eight repair bays. The roadworthy test lane also has a brake roller tester, chassis tester and wheel alignment equipment.Billson said the new dealership was aimed at offering customers world-class facilities and services, adding that it has been specifically designed to improve vehicle flow and turnaround times. Volvo Group Southern Africa’s president, Torbjörn Christensson said Port Elizabeth was a key economic hub in the region, with large industrial developments drawing key players in the logistics and transport market. “We are privileged to be represented by Billson Trucks in the area, as they are able to provide our customers with world-class support in sales, service and parts,” Christensson said. He added that new technologies and changes in customer behaviour meant that the support the dealers provide also has to keep developing. UD Trucks Southern Africa’s managing director, Gert Swanepoel said that the brand was proud of the successful partnership with Billson Trucks over the past 17 years.The new facility has been built according to stringent environmental friendly requirements, including the installation of solar panels, insulation throughout to improve temperature control and to reduce energy consumption, double glazed reflective glass, LED lighting with motion sensors, as well as an advanced water harvesting and storage system for up to 120 000 litres of water. An oil separation system was also available in the wash bays for water recycling purposes.