Bartco links with UK firm to extend global reach*

Australia’s Bartco Traffic Equipment Pty Ltd and UK’s P&D Specialist Services (Holdings) Ltd have launched their two new joint venture companies at the Intertraffic trade fair in Amsterdam, March 2014.

The joint ventures - Bartco UK and MVIS Aus - will extend the global reach of both companies, bringing the benefits of their renowned Intelligent Transport System (ITS) solutions to new international markets.

Established in Australia in 1995, Bartco is a well-respected, well-established international innovator, bringing to market a range of portable solar powered traffic equipment. 

Its five colour matrix Variable Message Signs (VMS) were the first to hit the UK market in 2012 at London’s Olympic Route Network as part of a joint venture between P&D Specialist Services and Colour Mobile VMS, now MVIS Ltd.

In what was believed to be the largest single deployment of solar powered portable VMS in the world, almost 200 units were employed for the network.

Bartco most recently produced the roadside Electronic Fire Danger Rating Sign, which won the Product Design Award at Victoria’s Fire Awareness Awards in December, to replace old manually-set Fire Danger Rating signs.

Based in Derbyshire, UK, Bartco UK will be the sales and manufacturing division of Bartco’s innovative portable electronic VMS for the UK, European and northern hemisphere markets.

It will be located alongside Mobile Visual Information Systems (MVIS) Ltd, part of the P&D Specialist Services (Holdings) Ltd group.

MVIS AUS will be the new Australian division of MVIS Ltd, bringing the benefits of MVIS Ltd’s bespoke temporary ITS solutions within the easy reach of a new international market.

“Bartco will now be able to respond with greater agility to customer demand in the UK, Europe and northern hemisphere, cost-effectively creating and delivering VMS with speed, while MVIS Ltd’s technologically advanced, tailor-made ITS solutions will be within easy reach of Australia and the southern hemisphere,” said Troy Wollard managing director of Bartco Traffic Equipment Pty and MVIS AUS and chairman of Bartco UK.

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