SOS Sales announces £8m partnership with South African tanker manufacturer GRW

Northern Ireland company SOS Sales Ltd is celebrating after securing a new partnership with the South African tanker manufacturer GRW.

SOS Sales Ltd has secured an exclusive Authorised Dealer agreement with GRW tankers for the UK & Ireland.

The agreement will see SOS focus on the promotion of the full range of GRW liquid tanker products which includes specialised liquid tankers for fuel, chemical and the food sectors.

In October, the SOS sales team visited GRW at its company headquarters in Worcester, Western Cape, South Africa and met with owner Gerhard van der Merwe who created the company with the mission to build world-class road tankers and trailer products. The SOS Sales team were highly impressed with the ongoing upgrades to the Worcester site helping establish GRW as one of the world’s most technologically advanced manufacturing facilities. The GRW fuel tanker range is now 90% robot welded giving superior weld quality and integrity.

Partnership launches with £8m order

Following a tour of the state-of-the-art facilities, SOS Sales Ltd has now entered into an agreement to become the representative and sole authorised distributor for GRW for the UK & Ireland. SOS Sales Ltd has placed a multi-million-pound order for an ongoing supply of fuel tankers ranging from conventional fuel bulking tankers, aviation and urban artic, making SOS Sales Ltd the largest customer to GRW in UK and Ireland.

Commenting on the partnership with GRW, SOS Sales Ltd Chief Executive James Scallon, said: “We are thrilled to have GRW as a strategic partner to SOS Sales Ltd and are delighted to lead their distribution to industry within Ireland and the UK.

“As a local business, and a provider of new and used tankers and trailers across the globe, we strive to provide and source for customers the best in class within tankers, and we know GRW has one of the world’s most advanced liquid tanker manufacturing plants worldwide.

“This partnership underpins our focus on excellence, and we are delighted to have agreed the first suite of tankers which have started to arrive in Armagh, with more enroute to Belfast port.  Sales are already in place for several of the first fleet, so popular is GRW as a manufacturer.”

(L-R) James Scallon, Chief Executive SOS Sales Ltd and Lee Tipton, Operations Manager at SOS Sales Ltd with the first GRW tanker from South Africa to arrive in Armagh.

A partnership built on history

Gerhard van der Merwe, CEO of GRW welcomed the partnership with SOS Sales Ltd adding: “We are very pleased to announce the new partnership with SOS. Our working relationship with James and Lee spans many years.

“We are very excited to be back in the UK and Irish market to supply our existing and new customers with high quality tankers. Our tankers have proved their superior structural integrity over many years dating back as far as 2006 and our expanded product offering includes petroleum, ADR and food grade liquid and dry bulk tankers.

“SOS will provide the after sales service to ensure optimal up time for our products”.

Based in Armagh and Ellesmere Port, SOS Sales Ltd is a major UK provider of new and used tankers and trailers to a wide range of customers and industry worldwide. Alongside GRW, SOS Sales Ltd is a leading provider of Road Tankers Armagh rigid built products, for the rigid market.