Metal fabrication now in-house

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:


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