Bye Bye trusty BER…..

We call our delivery vans by the license plates… and with the new Delivery vans that came in service we have to say goodbye to the “old” Iveco’s BER and APD….

Trusty partners  as You can see from the picture below, BER drove 678.435km in 5 years time… delivered everywhere, all over Europe! Shall our new Renault Masters have the same capacity? We keep our fingers crossed!

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New delivery Vans for BBT!

BBT took access of two new company vans for our European delivery tours. Renault Master came out as the best and most economic choice this time… let’s hope our “French connection” will keep up… Roland and Frank are the drivers who will be the new drivers…. Ready for 500.000km each…

Same time we changed the company logo’s, in trend of current style, no Palm trees anymore (snif)  but cool and straight publicity…BBT delivers in style!

If You see one of the “newbies” on the road just honk your horn and wave your hands!

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Another container loaded to Sunny California…

We do ship cars from here to California as well…:) This morning we loaded a 1944 Kubelwagen, a 1950 Hebmuller and a 1962 Cherrypicker with some parts all together in one big tin box destination the Golden state of California!

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Safe travels!!! See You over the pod!

Travel report… Brazil, second largest VW country in the world!

We do produce and buy a lot of spare parts for our beloved Volkswagens in Brazil. there is tons of factories and manufacturers and some do have real good quality, to find them and improve products and deliveries we have to travel over  times to times and see how we can make the Aircooled Volkswagen aftermarket a better place on our planet…:)

Welcome in Sao Paolo, this is a real city, very large, (actually Third largest city in the world ranking) loads of traffic and very tall and modern buildings… this is the economical heart of South America…

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Brazil country where kombis still work very hard… Kombis are everywhere and part of daily life… one have to work harder than the other…

2016-03-02 14.35.48 ok make that car ours…:)

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2016-03-02 15.47.54Punching machines can make EVERYTHING!! I need a couple of those I guess, if only labor was not that expensive where we live!

2016-03-02 15.53.19 Discussing split window bus cargo doors, will we succeed this trip to let them change the tooling so the Kombi door will fit european models? Can we bring finally a solution home?

2016-03-02 16.04.33 more floorplates await paint booth…

2016-03-02 16.11.27Overview from the back, cool building, very old school…

2016-03-02 16.12.07 600 tons press does the job!

2016-03-02 16.14.33More punching machines, my favorites!

2016-03-02 16.25.59Time for lunch!

2016-03-02 17.12.04Inside we choose for traditional Brazilian food, sold by the weight…:)

2016-03-02 17.44.52Everywhere the old Volkswagens are in Street view, here is the Brazilian made Brasilia on a billboard…

2016-03-02 19.10.12After lunch another factory… one of our larger suppliers in Brazil… bumper brackets, washers a load of parts… here we came especially to discuss back orders and poor deliveries, after 3 hours of meetings in different departments I think we did find a solution that suit all parties… thanks to our Brazilian BBT Ricardo and Uncle Samy off course! Hopefully supplies sart up soon again!

2016-03-02 19.28.56Production is very impressive!  Here they make the bearings for the steering column!

2016-03-02 19.36.56Our friend in the manufacturing, so neat guy!  say Hi to all BBT friends all over the world! We visit and talk to everybody, if we like to improve? We have to start with production!

2016-03-02 19.50.09This is how You make pulley’s… on a punching machine…:)

2016-03-02 19.51.00Another dept. where small parts been finished… this are production lathes… crazy how many of operations they can do at once… some machines been set up up to 20! operations in one spin! Imagine this is not CNC, no these machines still make parts like it should! Oh my God I love this plant!

2016-03-02 20.02.46And back to the hotel, first day was more than exhausting! Oh for You guys who were thing Alain and me entertained the girls near the swimming pool of the hotel, this was the kind of weather we had whole day… and forecast don’t show a lot of progress actually… this is work, hard work, but something we love to do, try to make the VW aftermarket world a better place!

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stay tuned for more!