The Explorer Group, which makes Elddis, Xplore, Compass and Buccaneer caravans and motorhomes has been bought by the Erwin Hymer Group.
The German company, which already owns Niesmann+Bischoff, Laika, Bürstner, Dethleffs, Carado and Sunlight, has confirmed that manufacturing will remain at Explorer’s UK base in County Durham.
The Explorer Group have pioneered the SoLid construction technique that makes their caravans and motorhomes increasingly more attractive to potential buyers. They are the only fully structurally bonded caravans and motorhomes in the UK, and this has lead to them doubling their manufacture of SoLid products over the past 8 years of investment into this construction method.
The Explorer Group makes a number of special edition caravans, including our own Elddis Supreme range of caravans and motorhomes. They have also released the first 8ft wide caravans for 2017, an innovation which has won them both awards and a hike in sales. Our own Elddis Supreme 866 and 840 ranges have already sold out for 2017, with 2018 models already receiving orders.
The move has given the Erwin Hymer Group a brand increase of 11% in the UK market. The UK company will now be named the Erwin Hymer Group UK Ltd, but the management will remain the same.
Erwin Hymer Group chief executive Martin Brandt said: “By acquiring The Explorer Group we are strengthening our involvement in the UK. Our aim is to further expand our strong position in Europe and to become a global supplier of high-quality motorhomes and caravans.”
Managing Director of the Explorer Group, Rob Quine said: “It is fantastic that a successful organisation like the Erwin Hymer Group is investing in our future. As a new member of the group, we will have access to unique know-how and expertise. We will exploit this strategic opportunity to create permanent added value for our customers.”