Stag Owners Club Tooling Fund Limited
Some latest news on Panel Production
3rd June 2014
SOCTFL would like to advise Triumph Stag owners, retailers, and restorers that Envisage Manufacturing, which is a trading division of Envisage Group Limited, has apparently taken the decision to cease manufacture of body panels for the Stag and other classic vehicles. Whilst Envisage has not formally advised SOCTFL of this decision nor given advance warning it appears to be effective as of the end of May 2014.
The tooling that has been funded by SOCTFL, together with other Stag tooling, has been retrieved from Envisage Manufacturing's premises and is being stored at a safe location. SOCTFL's priority over coming weeks will be to look for means to re-establish production of panels. However this will inevitably take some time owing to technical issues such as finding suitable means of production and commercial issues such as cost and delivery.
The SOCTFL team would like to assure everyone with an interest in the continued availability of high quality panels for the Triumph Stag that everything possible is being done to resume production with alternative manufacturers. The SOCTFL panels affected are listed below: -
L/H Door Skins
R/H Door Skins
L/H Rear Arch Inner
R/H Rear Arch Inner
L/H Front Arch Inner
R/H Front Arch Inner
L/H Front Arch Inner Splash Panel
R/H Front Arch Inner Splash Panel
L/H Rain Channel
R/H Rain Channel
L/H Door Bottom Repair Panels
R/H Door Bottom Repair Panels
Differential Mounting Plates
LR Rear Wing Complete
RH Rear Wing Complete
Rear Deck Panel
MORE DETAILS OF WHAT IS AVAILABLE IS IN THE MEMBERS AREA OF THE WEBSITE
‘SOCTFL’ was established by the Stag Owners Club in the early ’90s for the purpose of encouraging re manufacture of high quality body panels and other parts for the Triumph Stag that are no longer available from original sources. This introduction explains how this is achieved, and how you can benefit.
The number of Triumph Stags still ‘on the road’ is estimated at 6,500 in the UK and possibly a further 2,000 world-wide, so in terms of automotive manufacturing the production volumes for our projects are low and not commercially viable. However, SOCTFL is able to make limited grants and loans to manufacturers to subsidise tooling and production, and has established a distribution network in co-operation with the specialist suppliers.
By this means we have been able to encourage manufacture and distribution in low volumes in order to offer Club members these high quality panels and parts at affordable prices. The basis under which this is achieved is agreed between SOCTFL and the National Committee of the Stag Owners Club. Some examples of products supported by SOCTFL are reinforced water hoses, water pump shafts, and body panels such as door skins, wheel arch panels, and rain channels.
A current list is published each month in the SOC Magazine along with details of suppliers who normally carry stock. As with the Stag Owners Club itself, SOCTFL is run by volunteers on a part time basis. SOCTFL currently has a strong and well-qualified management team, but new volunteers are always welcome. Experience in automotive engineering, commercial management, or project management is particularly useful but is not a pre-requisite. Enthusiasm and an interest in the cars are the essential factors!