LDV is gearing up for its move into the European van market, chief executive Allan Amey has declared.

"We will be spending the next few months consolidating our position in the UK and after that we will turn our attention to our next objective, which is to establish a presence in Europe," he said.

Mr Amey was speaking on the LDV stand at the Commercial Vehicle Show the day after the Birmingham manufacturer announced it had already won fleet orders worth £10 million for its new range of Maxus vans.

The vehicle is the first allnew product that LDV has been able to bring to market since it was rescued in 1993 by a management buy-out led by Mr Amey and backed by, among others, 3i.

"We have had phenomenal response to Maxus from our dealers and customers since we launched it two months ago. We have also had a lot of positive response from Europe and we are talking to a number key dealer groups, particularly in Germany, France, Spain and Holland."

Mr Amey accepts that LDV, the only British-owned van specialist, is not well known outside this country but says the company has been working hard to get acquainted with potential distributors.

"The stumbling block up to now has been we did not have a new product to offer the European market but now we do in the shape of Maxus."