Birmingham based Coeval are this year celebrating thirty years trading in the Highways Industry Sector and the Company has changed significantly in the three years since the current owners bought the business back in November 2013. Managing Director Gary Higgins explains. ‘’I became aware of Coeval almost 20 years ago when I was working for Traffic Signals UK / Microsense. Indeed, I tried to buy the company at the time, but they were not for sale. So after discovering a few years ago that the company was now for sale, I decided to make a move’’. The Company at the time were supplying School Warning and Vehicle Activated Signs along with Speed Indicator Displays mainly to the Scottish market and Overheight Vehicle Detection Systems to London. Since the acquisition the Company has seen significant growth within the rest of the UK and Ireland and has moved into other associated markets, again Mr Higgins explains.
‘’Annual sales have increased by 83% since we acquired the business just over three years ago, sales alone in March were £385,000 compared to £156,000 last year, whilst our order intake over the last six months compared to the comparative six months last year has shown a 174% increase. With the new products we are bringing to market this year, things certainly aren’t going to slow down anytime soon.’’
‘Even a short closure of the tunnel causes great congestion in the area, and if an over height vehicle were to cause that level of damage, the tunnel could be closed for hours, if not days, which would bring the whole of the South East of England to a standstill.
When the Coeval over height vehicle detectors were first installed, we were talking about 10’s of vehicles a day that we were stopping; we are now down to low single figures, 4 or 5 vehicles a day we need to extract for being over height, so it’s a great improvement in efficiency through the crossing.’
‘Having used Coeval for the first time, we found them to be friendly and really helpful in ensuring we received the correct item we required. We were happy with the extremely quick response times and professional service they offer. We would definitely recommend their services to others.’
‘Thank you for your prompt and efficient service regarding our request for training on the 21st of August. You guys have been incredibly helpful over this.’
‘Coeval won the tender for the replacement overheight vehicle detector systems. The work was completed within programme and budget. We are now satisfied that the new systems will help protect the bridges for several years to come.’
‘A sound, honest and efficient service provided by Coeval. Would be very happy for Coeval to manufacture and supply more of Swindon’s signs.’