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Published: 13th March 2024

Zenith van conversions made simple by SM UK

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Any commercial breakdown service will live or die on the service they provide – from handling the initial call to the roadside repair or recovery.

Add that to the fact that Zenith have more than 170,000 vehicles to support and several blue-chip customers such as EVRi, Sainsbury’s, Yodel and Poundland who expect nothing less than excellence and you can imagine the pressure is on.

Their mantra is simple: “We’re here for you when you need us, where you need us.”

With this in mind they need a van that is multi-functional and is able to allow the engineer to fix the majority of roadside breakdowns.

Ask the experts!

Engineers at fleet safety company SM UK are experts in converting the standard panel van into a mobile workplace. SM UK’s team have years of experience converting basic vans into modern, state-of-the-art mobile workspaces.

The SM UK design consultation stage starts with a 3D CAD blueprint that accurately reflects the van build, including any bespoke items and equipment, such as the size of the compressor, onboard power, racking, lighting, scene lighting, as well as configuring the build ergonomically to work with the exit and entry points… and on it goes with various discussions, alterations and modified versions until we have the ‘build ready’ version. This ensures that once the go ahead has been given the specification is exactly what is required, and possible issues have been solved to prevent setbacks or changes that are needing to be made whilst in build.

Bespoke van conversions

Zenith’s conversion is bespoke to some degree, including essential storage and dedicated work areas, roof-mounted solar panels, powerful air compressors, inverter welders and essential health and safety equipment.

Martin Jenkins, CEO of Zenith’s Commercial division, added: “Our customers rely on our mobile maintenance units every day, so it’s imperative our engineers have the best equipment available so they can ensure vehicles are repaired and back on the road as quick as possible.

“The Zenith van conversion is a prime example of SMUK working in synergy to create and fit the perfect interior and exterior solution… allowing our engineers to do their job with the best resource possible in a van conversion.”

Steve McDonald, founder of SM UK, said: “From the acquisition of the fleet vehicle to creating our clients’ ideal conversion layout, each detail is carefully mapped out to provide comfort and workforce convenience with health and safety considerations in mind and the overall weight of the van.

“Our engineered solutions are unique providing in-house affordable, efficient and customer satisfaction solution is paramount to SM UK, so every detail is considered well before the build begins.”

Notes to editors:

SM UK are an auto-electrical engineering company, the UK’s No.1 in Commercial Vehicle Safety Solutions and proud partners of Brigade Electronics, System Edstrom, Sortimo, and Rhino, providing high-quality, rigorously tested, type-approved solutions, built to last… they have converter terms with the manufacturers such as FORD, VW and Mercedes.

Whatever you’re planning to kit out, whatever your fleet size, from complex, large-scale new builds or turn-key solutions to a fully bespoke service, call our team today.


Zenith Van modification included:

Check list;

  • Light Switches in Cab
  • Brigade Reverse Camera
  • Webasto Night Heater Control Handwash Station
  • Hand Cleaning Station
  • First Aid Kit
  • Switches/Sockets in Cargo Area Petrol Compressor
  • Eyewash Kit
  • Portable Welder with AC Power Outlet Scrutineer
  • Solar Panel
  • RCD Protection
  • System Edstrom Racking Configuration
  • Floor and Wall lining
  • And many more features
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