From left to right: Chris Weiss – Vice-President Engineering Knapheide ; Patrick Buchard – Managing Director Urban Mobility Gruau ; Bo Knapheide – Senior Vice-President Knapheide ; Patrick Gruau – CEO Gruau Group ; Michel Ménil
On March 4th 2015, immediately prior to the opening of the 2015 edition of the Work Truck Show, Gruau signed a partnership agreement with Knapheide. The exclusive distribution agreement covers both Gruau’s commercial van IsoVan product line comprised of IsoTemp and IsoChem as well as their innovative retractable second row crew seating systems (Confo-Cab+ and Repli-Cab). Each upfit solution transforms commercial van bodies into personalized functional spaces that answer to exacting professional’s needs.
The move represents Gruau’s active and determined approach of the US market as it seeks to export its
European experience and technical expertise in particular with "Euro" styled vans.
It’s exciting to be able to partner with a family owned business with similar values and history as our own. The shared values bode well for our compatibility going forward! », explains Patrick Gruau, President, Gruau.
“We are excited with our new partnership with Gruau. Combining Gruau’s product expertise along with Knapheide’s installation and distribution footprint will allow for unique and efficient work solutions for today’s new van offerings,” states Bo Knapheide, Senior Vice President, Knapheide.
IsoTemp is a complete refrigeration upfit solution that includes lightweight, low -profile modules designed for efficient climate control while retaining maximum cargo space and preserving the van’s exterior.
The IsoChem series provides a purpose-built insulation and/or climate control solution. It also features an impervious and easy-to-clean finish that is ideal for transporting chemical materials, according to the company.