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24 February 2015 PRESS RELEASE: The Merge of Techspan Systems & Variable Message Signs

The business of Techspan and VMS are now operating together, The integration of both businesses are to trade as 'Hill & Smith Limited trading as Variable Message Signs' within the Technology group of Hill & Smith Holdings PLC.


CA VMS Merge

Two market leading companies in the field of sign-age systems for highways, urban and rail sectors have joined forces. The integration of Variable Message Signs Limited (VMSL) and Techspan Systems brings together two of the leading UK LED display suppliers, creating a stronger business with a broad product range and an extensive technical capability.

Following the acquisition of VMSL in 2014, Hill & Smith Limited realised the opportunity to create a world class provider of variable message signs and systems as part of its HS Roads Technology Division. The new combined business will operate under the name of Variable Message Signs.

Managing Director of the new venture, Bill Hamilton, said, “Variable Message Signs can comfortably claim to have one of the largest installed bases of equipment in the UK highways sector. Not only can we service our existing customers more efficiently but, with our combined resources and capability, we are ideally placed to expand our overseas business.”

VMS provides the design, manufacture and installation of a comprehensive range of LED based technology solutions for both road and rail applications, and with a combined workforce of over 70 people, it will continue to operate out of the two current locations in Aylesbury and Newcastle.

The HS Roads Group is committed to maintaining its position as the market leader in its specialist fields,” commented Bernard Greene, head of the Technology Division.

“The aim of integrating these two businesses is to provide an organisation that can provide the highest levels of service and support to our customer base and to deliver products which meet the increasing requirements for higher levels of reliability and availability. I think that Variable Message Signs is extremely well placed to fulfil all of our objectives.”

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