Authorised rebuilding HL Smith Transmissions has been remanufacturing commercial drivetrains for 63 years. It is now an authorised rebuilder for Allison Transmission. LAPV talks to MD Russell Smith.
Top: HL Smith Transmission's gearbox workshop. Right: Test rig for automatic transmissions.
L Smith Transmissions, based near Wolverhampton, has just been appointed as an authorised direct rebuilder for Allison Transmission. For MD Russell Smith, this appointment is a testament to the expertise the company has gained over more than two decades in the remanufacture of automatic transmissions. ‘We have included automatic transmissions in our product range for more than 25 years, and during this period we have seen demand for these increase significantly in the heavy commercial vehicle sector, particularly in municipal and PSV applications,’ says Russell. ‘Allison Transmission’s products really lead the field in this marketplace, and we are extremely pleased with this new formal association.’ Effective since 1 April 2018, the appointment as an authorised direct rebuilder for Allison means that HL Smith’s products will be remanufactured and fitted with genuine Allison components, and built and tested to the latest Allison standards so customers can have complete confidence in the product. The company offers a complete range of Allison transmissions including the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 series units, which can all be supplied on service exchange and come with a two-year warranty. HL Smith Transmissions also runs its own collection and delivery service as well as offering an on-site diagnostics and fitting service to cover all units. The appointment is part of Allison’s UK service network expansion, which aims to increase customer engagement and provide more convenient access to parts and service in the UK. ‘Allison transmissions provide superior control for drivers, as well as improved safety, ease of driving and reduced driver fatigue, and maintenance,’ said Russell. ‘We are really looking forward to promoting the Allison Transmission name and offering a quality product and service to all operators throughout the UK,’ said Russell. The Allison appointment might be new, but HL Smith
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Transmissions has a long history in remanufactured commercial vehicle drivetrains. The Wolverhampton-based business has been involved in the remanufacture of heavy commercial transmissions since 1955 and its customers range from owner-drivers to major UK fleet operators and original equipment manufacturers. The company has also worked with the Ministry of Defence for 25 years, maintaining the transmissions and axles of its logistical vehicle fleet. HL Smith’s product range covers manual gearboxes, automatic gearboxes, driveheads and differentials, power steering boxes, and propshafts. ‘We also recently become a distributor of gearbox ECUs and power packs for Wabco Reman Solutions, which were showcased on our stand at the 2018 CV Show,’ says Russell. The company operates from an 85,000m3 modern workshop in Albrighton, West Midlands, with a team of 100 engineers who are highly skilled in all aspects of commercial vehicle transmissions, and has an extensive contact and delivery network across Europe. Russell believes the company’s hard work and extensive experience means it is well-positioned to meet the challenges of a rapidly-changing market. ‘As transmissions grow and evolve, we are geared up to react and respond to these changes in order to stay ahead of the game in remanufacturing.’