Dennis Eagle

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Dennis Eagle Limited is a UK-based dustcart manufacturer owned by Terberg RosRoca Group,[1] Europe’s largest refuse collection vehicle manufacturer and the second largest refuse collection vehicle manufacturer in the world.

Overview[edit]

Notable Dennis Eagle products[edit]

Phoenix dustcart

Notable product launches include the Phoenix 1 body in 1979 and the Elite 1 chassis, the UK’s first low entry cab, in 1992. Further developments have led to the introduction of the Phoenix 2 in 2001 and the 8x4 Elite 2 in 2003.[2]

Before Terberg[edit]

Before operations were merged with Terberg Environmental, Dennis Eagle employed a workforce of over 600 across its two manufacturing sites and service network, which included nine depots as well as mobile engineers based throughout the UK. Body and chassis assembly took place at the Warwick headquarters, with cabs built at the additional manufacturing facility in Blackpool. Producing over 1,000 refuse collection vehicles each year, the company also had an international network of distributors.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Dennis Brothers Limited had made specialised vehicles for municipal authorities from the early 1920s though they were primarily builders of chassis for buses, fire engines and haulage lorries.

Eagle Engineering Company Limited, agricultural and general engineers of Warwick, was incorporated in 1907. It made oil and petrol internal combustion stationary engines and some small agricultural equipment and provided municipalities with refuse vehicles and road sweepers and tower lorries at relatively inexpensive prices sometimes built on Dennis chassis. Soon after the start of the Great Depression Eagle turned from engines to building road trailers and semi-trailers for articulated vehicles. They also added an electrical and wireless department and produced Chakophone wireless sets until 1936. Ownership changed a number of times during the 1960s. [3]

Dennis Eagle's history goes back to the autumn of 1971 when Hestair Group bought Yorkshire Vehicles Limited in Leeds and Eagle Engineering Co in Warwick.[4] Six months later Hestair bought Dennis Motor Holdings[5] and thereafter managed the businesses as the Vehicle Division of Hestair Engineering. Municipal bodies were made in Warwick by Hestair Eagle (incorporating Yorkshire Vehicles), municipal chassis were made by Dennis in Guildford, cabs were made in Blackpool.

2011 Elite 2 refuse truck

Hestair set up a special Environmental Vehicles Division for its waste management activities.[6] In 1985 Hestair moved municipal chassis manufacture from the Dennis plant at Guildford to a new 125,000 square foot plant on the Heathcote Industrial Estate at Warwick. They were joined there by Hestair Eagle's municipal bodies operations which moved across Warwick from Saltisford. The new Dennis Eagle plant was the largest refuse vehicle manufacturing site in Europe.[7][8][9] In 1991 Shelvoke and Drewry's design rights were bought from the receiver.

Environmental Vehicles, Dennis Eagle, now represented around one-third of Hestair's Vehicle Division. Following more changes of parent company (Hestair to Trinity to Dennis Group to Mayflower) Dennis Eagle was sold in July 1999 to NatWest Equity Partners.[10] In January 2004, Dennis Eagle was purchased by ABN Amro.[11]

Ros Roca Environment Group[edit]

In 2007, Dennis Eagle was purchased by Ros Roca SA.[12]

Terberg RosRoca Group[edit]

Ros Roca and Terberg Environmental merged in 2016, Terberg with holding the controlling interest. The various companies within the new group retained their trading names.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boxall, Hannah (26 February 2016). "Dennis Eagle owner Ros Roca announces merger with Terberg Environmental". Resource. Resource Media. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Returning to the CIWM" (PDF). Dennis Eagle. 2 May 2003. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
  3. ^ Barrie C. Woods, Municipal Refuse Collection Vehicles, Trans Pennine Publishing Ltd, 1998 ISBN 9780952107040}
  4. ^ Hestair acquires Eagle Engineering The Times 19 October 1971; pg. 21; issue 58302
  5. ^ Hestair offers £3.4m for Dennis Motors The Times 28 March 1972; pg. 19; issue 58438
  6. ^ Torbay Conference Commercial Motor 8 June 1973 page 57
  7. ^ 450 Jobs to Go The Times 16 March 1985; pg. 2; issue 62088
  8. ^ Dennis moves Commercial Motor 23 March 1985 page 6
  9. ^ Restructured team installed at Hestair Commercial Motor 26 October 1985 page 13
  10. ^ Natwest subsidiary buys Dennis Eagle Commercial Motor 5 August 1999
  11. ^ Eagle strike Commercial Motor 15 January 2004
  12. ^ Harrington, Ben (8 December 2006). "Spanish conglomerate ready to cart off Dennis Eagle". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  13. ^ Terberg Ros Roca Group to be based in Warwick SMMT Newsletter 9 March 2016. Accessed 28 August 2018

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