BLS/RLA Joint Venture

Blue Light Services Specialist Vehicles Limited (BLS), a leading ambulance conversion company in the UK supplying vehicles to over 75 private ambulance companies and the NHS have entered into a Joint Venture Agreement with Rodriguez Lopez Auto (RLA) in order to increase the supply of vehicles and meet the demands of the increasing client base of BLS.

RLA, based in Spain, have a presence in 25 countries and are one of the world’s largest Ambulance providers providing ambulances, vans, trailers, and trucks for army, police, civilian, and the training sectors.

BLS still a relatively new company having been established less than 10 years ago chose strategically to develop multiple design options on the Renault Master only, and although it has converted other vehicle types, it has developed a strong reputation for quality bespoke conversions on the Renault Master.

This joint venture, will enable BLS to offer multiple vehicle types, including box vehicles into to the UK market, and although RLA already sells into the UK market, this joint venture with BLS will facilitate a comprehensive warranty support network provided by the highly skilled dedicated BLS warranty team.

The conversion of these vehicles will start their lives in Spain, but BLS will undertake client customisation such as cupboards and internal configurations in Peterborough. BLS already has large workshops in London and Peterborough, but BLS has signed a new lease on another large workshop in Peterborough to conduct the client customisation specifically for this joint venture.

It was important for us to collaborate with a company that shares our passion for innovation and quality. Both companies have scrutinized one another’s premises and builds and it was evident there were many synergies and opportunities.

 Over the last three years despite increasing production to beyond 600 vehicles a year, we have still been unable to satisfy the demand for our vehicles and therefore this joint venture will enable us to achieve our target of 1,000 vehicle sales a year.

Johnny Fieldhouse BLS

“At Rodríguez López Auto Group we are proud to announce we entered a partnership agreement with BLS. This strategic co-operation will allow both parties to develop new products and processes, increasing synergies and economies of scale which will drive to innovative exceptional quality, affordable product and the highest customer satisfaction throughout the UK Ambulance care assistance and Patient Transport Services.”

“We have been committed to innovation so we can make better products. It’s something we demonstrate daily in the work we produce across our business. We believe we have to challenge conversion industry traditions through innovating in advanced materials and digital technologies to deliver the best performance, reliability, durability, value for money and positive experiences to the end customers. This alliance will provide both parties with the right partner to address an ever-increasing demand of ambulance services in the UK.

Enrique Rodriguez RLA

About RLA

Rodríguez López Auto Group (RLA) is a global business with family values at its core.

The origin of the dates back to the early 80s. In the beginning, the company manufactured bodies for vehicles in general. It was from the 90s when the company specialised in the manufacture of medical transport vehicles, becoming, in less than 15 years, the leader in the national market sales. Since 2000, its products and catalogue has diversified, entering the market of army, police vehicles and adapted transport. Currently, the strategy aimed by management, based on a large investment in R&D, the consolidation of a solid technical team, and an efficient after-sales service, has turned Rodríguez López Auto Group into a leading company in the design and manufacture of special vehicles. Among its customers are mainly private ambulance companies in Spain, as well as public emergency services, which supports and guarantees its professionalism.

RLA has two manufacturing plants (28.000 m2 in Ourense, Spain and 5.000m2 in Cali Free Zone, Colombia) with a total labour force between 200-250 employees and a production capacity of up to 2.000 bespoke conversions.

We pride ourselves to be the only world-wide convertor with 27 European homologations on different base vehicle makes and models.

About BLS

Blue Light Services was formed in 2011 after identifying a gap in the market for high quality emergency and non-emergency vehicles. They have grown year on year servicing the NHS, private companies and the prison services.

The senior management team are very proud to have over 30 years of experience in the ambulance industry, both operationally and in supporting private and NHS customers.

BLS is a Renault approved convertor and has met the requirements
of ISO 9001:2015 for the fitting out of Emergency and non-emergency Ambulances.

BLS has workshops in London and Peterborough and employs over 70 staff.

Press Enquiries

Blue Light Services Specialist Vehicles Limited

Darren Sharman

Rodriguez Lopez Auto (RLA)

Javier Garrido

Phone: (+34) 638 389 971