Van maker LDV on Monday announced plans to transport the recently acquired Gemini tooling and intellectual property assets, valued at £125 million, from Daewoo facilities in both Poland and Korea to its manufacturing plant in Birmingham. This is the next step in the company’s plans to launch a new light commercial vehicle range in 2004.

In this major logistics project the tooling and assets, weighing 6,250 tonnes, will require the use of 245 trucks and 18 low loaders, as the equipment moves, over a two-month period, from Poland and Korea to LDV’s Drews Lane factory in Birmingham. Three large ‘Hemming’ presses will require a special escort from Poland as they make their way across Europe to the UK. Unloading the trucks will take 33 days, working 16 hours per day.

LDV chief executive Allan Amey said: “We are delighted to achieve this significant milestone in our planning for the launch of the new vehicle range. With the completion of this important stage we can focus our energies on the installation and commissioning of our new facilities.

“LDV engineers, who have been evaluating prototype vehicles for the past 18 months, are delighted with all aspects of performance and testing. We know that when we launch next year we will deliver class leading vehicles across our total product range.”

LDV is currently holding discussions with potential distribution partners to maximise global sales of the new product range.