The award winning UK panel van converter has been acquired by the French motorhome manufacturer Rapido.
"We are pleased to announce that WildAx has been fully acquired by the Rapido Group. This news means that whilst Rapido have recently bought all the shares in WildAx the company will remain unchanged for the foreseeable future in the way that we operate. MD Duncan Wildman will continue in the same role as will all the senior staff. WildAx was built on a reputation of high quality and service - these are our core values and these will remain to be.
WildAx will remain based in Elland - although we had already planned to move our factory to allow for expansion to another very local to our current one.We will also aim to streamline production in the new factory to increase productivity whilst still remaining focused on the core values of quality and service.
Rapido is large French manufacturer that has controlling interests in many companies in the sector throughout Europe. They are a family run company that believe very much as we do in a high quality motorhome and great service. As with other brands in the Rapido Group we will remain a separate entity, run from Elland by our management team already in place. We will however benefit from years of motorhome manufacturing experience from a company started by the current Presidents father!
Our commitment to current and past customers remains the same - we urge anyone with questions to please email us at the factory, we will be very pleased to answer them!
We have great plans for the future which as always include the development of new motorhome designs and the tweaking of current models. Next year will see new models launched for us which have been planned for over 12 months.
We would like to thank all our customers for the messages of support and look forward to making great motorhomes for years to come!"
Press release from Rapido:
RAPIDO GROUP a major player in the European market of recreational vehicles, continues its dynamic growth and announces the acquisition of the company WildAx Motorhomes, British manufacturer of panel vans located in Elland, Great Britain.
This acquisition allows RAPIDO GROUP to strengthen its presence in key European markets. RAPIDO GROUP has already industrial operations in France, Germany, Italy and now Great Britain, an essential country in the universe of recreational vehicles.
WildAx Motorhomes is a well-established brand for panel vans in the British market. The company started twelve years ago and manufactures about a hundred and fifty panel vans per year. Member of the NCC association, WildAx Motorhomes received many awards for its innovative and quality products. Duncan Wildman who started the company in 2006, now joins the Rapido Group and remains as Managing Director of WildAx. Duncan says " Although WildAx have grown every year since incorporation, the joining of WildAx and Rapido will strengthen our position in the UK motorhome industry and increase our rate of growth and development. Rapido is a family owned company that is aligned very closely with our values of quality and customer service. I very much look forward to working with the RAPIDO GROUP and seeing WildAx go from
strength to strength".
For their part, Pierre and Nicolas Rousseau said: “We are very proud to work with Duncan who has a high customer value and product knowledge. This cooperation will certainly help to create a strong network and enhance customer satisfaction.”