With the acquisition of its long-time supplier Tegrel, Variable Message Signs (VMS) has expanded its core capabilities with the addition of in-house metal fabrication.

Hill & Smith Ltd, owner of VMS, acquired the business and certain assets of Tegrel to expand the capabilities of its Variable Message Signs division. Established for over 45 years, Tegrel specialises in the design, manufacture and installation of a wide variety of fabrications in mild steel, stainless steel, aluminium and specialist materials.

Bill Hamilton, Managing Director of VMS adds; "VMS has had a close working relationship with Tegrel for the supply of sign enclosures and metal fabrication work since 1987. This latest development is a natural progression for us, expanding our capabilities to cover the entire manufacturing process from raw metal to finished product."

Based in a 33,000 sq ft purpose-built factory, less than 10 miles from the VMS Hebburn plant, Tegrel employs the latest manufacturing methods which enables it to meet a vast array of requirements for electrical or mechanical engineering fabrication.

VMS has been a market leader for a quarter of a century, having supplied thousands of messaging signs and traffic management systems and, more recently, introducing new innovations to rail signalling. The business operates in three key sectors:

VMS delivers the highest levels of service and support from two locations in Hebburn and Aylesbury.

Variable Message Signs (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 operates out of two locations in Hebburn, Tyne & Wear, and Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire.

The integration of these two businesses has resulted in an organisation that provides the highest levels of service and support to customers and delivers products which meet the increasing requirements for higher levels of reliability and availability.

At the core of all our products is ground-breaking and unique LED technology, supported by advanced electronics, powerful software and flexible communication techniques. In addition to tried-and-tested designs, we offer bespoke solutions, responding to the exact requirements of a worldwide spectrum of customers.

Our depth of expertise enables us to deliver complete solutions, from design and development, through manufacture, test and installation, commissioning and after-sales service; all to a level worthy of a world-class company.

VMS products fall into two main categories: Highways - with a product range covering applications in the strategic, urban, and traffic management equipment sectors, and Rail, where our new super lightweight range of rail LED trackside signals and LED long-distance signals are breaking the mould in this sector.

Variable Message Signs

Monkton Business Park, Mill Lane, Hebburn, Tyne and Wear, NE31 2JZ, UK. Tel: +44 (0)191 423 7070
Griffin Lane, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP19 8BP, UK. Tel: +44 (0)1296 673000

Hill & Smith Ltd trading as Variable Message Signs |  Registered in England No: 01270322 | Registered office: Westhaven House, Arleston Way, Shirley, Solihull, West Midlands, B90 4LH