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  • Metro Vancouver Leads Canada And The US In Transit Ridership Growth

    By Supply Post

    Metro Vancouver saw more public transit ridership growth than anywhere else in Canada and the US last year according to latest statistics from the American Public Transit Association. Our region has experienced a 5.7 per cent year over year growth in the number of boardings on the system.

    Metro Vancouver is among only four urban areas with populations over one-million which saw ridership growth last year:

    1. Metro Vancouver: 5.7%
    2. Phoenix, AZ: 3.5%
    3. Seattle, WA: 2.3%
    4. Montreal, QC: 2.3%

    We can attribute this to a number of factors including economic growth in the region, high gas prices and the addition of the Millennium Line Evergreen Extension. Improvements underway as part of Phase One of the Mayors’ 10-Year Vision include:

    • A 10 per cent increase in bus and a 15 per cent increase in HandyDART service.
    • More frequent service on Expo, Millennium and Canada Lines.
    • SeaBus service at least every 15 minutes all day, every day.

    Phase One funding allowed us to add 210,000 bus service hours in 2017. We added new bus service to Silver Valley in Maple Ridge and Clayton Heights and Morgan Creek in Surrey. One-third of the new service hours targeted overcrowded bus routes. Many of these routes saw dramatic ridership increases such as:

    • 96 B-Line (Guildford Exchange/Newton Exchange): 17%.
    • 5 (Robson/Downtown): 20%.
    • 407 (Gilbert/Bridgeport): 14%.

    Customers can look forward to even more new service in the years to come thanks to other Phase One improvements including the accelerated delivery of 80 new SkyTrain and Canada Line cars beginning late this year, the addition of four new B-Line routes in 2019 and delivery of a new SeaBus vessel in early 2019. Construction of the Millennium Line Broadway Extension and light rail in Surrey as part of Phase Two will put public transit in reach of thousands more as the Metro Vancouver region continues to grow.


    Kevin Desmond, TransLink CEO –

    “More people are taking transit in Metro Vancouver than ever before. This data shows that when we invest in public transit, ridership rises. I’m so glad we were able to add this new service at a time when demand is surging. We are ready to build upon the success we’re seeing with the rollout of Phase Two of the Vision and keep this momentum alive.”

    Derek Corrigan, Mayor of the City of Burnaby –

    “It’s encouraging to see people in my city and around the region taking advantage of this new level of transit service available as the 10-Year Vision continues to roll out. Our region is hungry for more transit connections and capacity. The execution of Phase Two of the Vision and the improvements it will bring can keep this trend going. 

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    Apr 11, 2018 - 10 days ago

  • Celebrating a 100-Year Legacy of Tractors at John Deere

    By Supply Post

    Current employees share their historic family ties dating back to the acquisition of the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company.

    One hundred years ago Deere & Company changed the course of agricultural history when it purchased the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company and with it, the successful Waterloo Boy tractor line.

    While many events have helped shape John Deere during its rich 181-year history, likely none has been as transformative as Deere’s entry into the tractor and engine business on March 14, 1918.

    One hundred years later, there are still family ties to the Waterloo Boy tractor from current employees. See how their pride and loyalty are reflected in the work they do today.

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    Apr 5, 2018 - 16 days ago

  • Atlantic Heavy Equipment Show Rolls into Moncton Coliseum

    By Supply Post

    Moncton, NB – The Atlantic Heavy Equipment Show is returning to the Moncton Coliseum Complex in just a few weeks, marking its 32nd edition of bringing the industry together on a bi-annual basis. Taking place April 5th and 6th, the event is Atlantic Canada's most comprehensive heavy equipment show and a must-attend event for the heavy equipment, roadbuilding, forestry, landscaping and municipality sectors.

    “Two years of hard work and planning have gone into this event, and we can’t wait to open the show doors in three short weeks,” said National Show Manager Mark Cusack. Adding to the fact that booth space has been sold out since early February, he notes: “New and returning exhibitors and visitors can look forward to the same colossal display of big iron taking over the Moncton Coliseum, plus some extra features – like our Passport Program – which make the show really unique.”

    Through the passport program, visitors who pre-register by March 22 will receive a ballot for a chance to win a Prize Showcase valued at over $5,000.00 sponsored by Liebherr, Selco Equipment, Maritime Case Ltd., United Rentals and Nova Truck Centres. Visitors qualify for the grand prize by submitting their passport stamped by three participating sponsor booths at the show.

    Convenient online registration and full details are available on the show website: Pre-registration is just $15.00 per person and is good for both days of the show.

    The Atlantic Heavy Equipment Show is owned and sponsored by the Atlantic Land Improvement Contractors Association (ALICA). Its first edition was held at the Moncton Coliseum in the winter of 1986, occupying Agrena A and just half of Agrena B with live demos in the annex.  Now, the Atlantic Heavy Equipment Show has grown to fill the entire Coliseum-Agrena complex – the largest trade show facility in Atlantic Canada – with an additional 80,000 square feet of outdoor exhibits.

    The show is proudly produced by Master Promotions Ltd., Canada’s largest independent trade and consumer event management company. For complete details on the Atlantic Heavy Equipment Show, visit


    Hours: Thursday, April 5th, 2018, 9am-5pm / Friday, April 6th, 2018, 9am-4pm

    Venue: Moncton Coliseum Complex, 377 Killam Dr., Moncton, New Brunswick

    Media Inquiries:

    Mark Cusack, National Show Manager

    Master Promotions Ltd.

    [email protected]



    Aurora Boudreau, Marketing Coordinator

    Master Promotions Ltd.

    [email protected]



    Master Promotions Ltd. has been producing trade shows, consumer shows and conferences in Canada since 1973. Managing in excess of twenty-five events annually, Master Promotions Ltd. is Canada’s largest independent trade and consumer event management company. For complete company information and event schedule, visit

    The Atlantic Land Improvement Contractors Association (ALICA) supports the construction and forestry industries by way of training, education and relevant industry discussion. ALICA is proud to give back to these thriving industries by sponsoring bursaries, scholarships and other initiatives, thus supporting the future of these trades.

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    Mar 20, 2018 - one month ago

  • Thousands Pre-Registered for Heavy Equipment Show Next Month

    By Supply Post

    Montreal, QC – Thousands of professionals in the heavy equipment industry are already registered for Expo Grands Travaux, one of the largest events of its type in Canada. The event makes its highly-anticipated return to the Olympic Stadium in Montreal April 27 and 28.

    “All signs point to a very big show for this year,” said Mark Cusack, National Show Manager. “With over 2,000 pre-registered visitors and just a few exhibit spaces remaining, we expect one of our largest crowds yet at Expo Grands Travaux.”

    Held every two years, the last edition in 2016 welcomed 12,676 visitors and featured over 200 exhibitors displaying tons of heavy equipment for projects of all sizes. The show will aim to continue its track record of bringing together qualified buyers, prospective new clients and exhibitors.

    Popular features will return to the show such as ‘Recruiting Here’, which connects job seekers with exhibiting companies on the hunt for new talent, plus LIVE product launches on the show floor. Exciting new features will include an industry luncheon with guests speakers focusing on the topic “What does 2018-2019 hold in terms of infrastructure work?”

    The 2018 edition of Expo Grands Travaux is proudly endorsed by the following key industry associations:

    Media Partners for 2018 :

    The event is proudly produced by Master Promotions Ltd. To register for the show, or for additional information, visit:


    Hours: Friday, April 27th, 2018, 10am – 5pm / Saturday, April 28th, 2018, 9am – 4pm
    Venue: Olympic Stadium/Le Stade olympique

    Media Inquiries:

    Mark Cusack, National Show Manager
    Master Promotions Ltd.
    [email protected]

    Shawn Murphy, Show Manager
    (francais/anglais • French/English)
    Master Promotions Ltd.
    [email protected]

    Master Promotions Ltd. has been producing trade shows, consumer shows and conferences in Canada since 1973. Managing in excess of twenty-five events annually, Master Promotions Ltd. is Canada’s largest independent trade and consumer event management company. For complete company information and event schedule, visit

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    Mar 20, 2018 - one month ago

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    Mar 8, 2018 - one month ago

  • Western Canada’s Biggest Trucking & Transportation Event Coming This May

    By Supply Post

    Western Canada’s Biggest Trucking & Transportation Event Coming This May

     TRUXPO, Western Canada’s largest event in trucking and transportation, is gearing up for its return to TRADEX in Abbotsford this May 11 and 12. The biennial event attracted nearly 9,000 attendees in 2016 and is returning with new and expanded features for its 2018 edition.

    Produced by Master Promotions Ltd. and presented by the British Columbia Trucking Association (BCTA), TRUXPO is the event where the BC industry meets to find new products and see the latest in commercial truck & transportation equipment. Anything and everything to do with trucking will be there: including transportation, forestry/logging, construction, towing and recovery, municipal fleets and courier/delivery companies.

    “This year really will be bigger and better than ever for TRUXPO. Major industry players including Kenworth, International, Volvo, Peterbilt, and Mack Trucks are confirmed to be joining us, and booth space quickly selling out. Momentum continues to grow!” said Mark Cusack, National Show Manager. 

    PRE-REGISTRATION is now open for TRUXPO 2018. Access convenient online registration here!

    This year’s show includes many features for a growing and diverse audience including:

    Half-day Conference Program – BC Sector Update and Opportunities for Trucking! This half-day conference will cover vital industry issues for executives in the trucking industry and the opportunity to network. For $30, attendees will receive a full line-up of presentations, a luncheon, and free admission to the trade show component of TRUXPO. Stay tuned for conference registration details.
    Recruiting Here – For businesses and job-seekers alike, the Recruiting Here feature at TRUXPO is working to close the industry’s significant talent shortage. Network, recruit and hire (or get hired!) right at the show.
    Executive Tour – giving exhibitors face time with a small group of high-level industry executives: a perfect opportunity to unveil new technology or innovative products. Includes VIP Presentations right in exhibitor booths!
    Indigenous Works – focusing on an all-new partnership with this national organization to facilitate the inclusion and employment of Indigenous workers in the BC warehousing and transportation sector.
    Salute to Women Behind the Wheel – celebrating the “good and great” of being a woman in the trucking industry by recognizing successes, promoting accomplishments and offering encouragement.  
    Driver & Family Day – looking toward the future of the industry, with admission specials, thousands in prizes to be awarded, family-friendly entertainment, interactive games, and lots more. 

    TRUXPO has enjoyed continued success since it began in 1988, and both Master Promotions Ltd. and BCTA can’t wait to present this new and expanded version for 2018.   

    For complete show details, visit and connect with TRUXPO on Facebook and Twitter.

    Show Information:

    Friday, May 11 from 12noon - 9:00pm  |  Saturday, May 12 from 10:00am - 5:00pm

    TRADEX, Abbotsford, BC

    Media Inquiries:

    Mark Cusack, National Show Manager

    Master Promotions Ltd.

    [email protected]


    Moira Pellerine, Marketing & Operations Manager

    Master Promotions Ltd.

    [email protected]


    Master Promotions Ltd. has been producing trade shows, consumer shows and conferences in Canada since 1973. Managing in excess of twenty-five events annually, Master Promotions Ltd. is Canada’s largest independent trade and consumer event management company. For complete company information and event schedule, visit

    BCTA, a member-based, non-profit, non-partisan advocacy organization, is the recognized voice of the British Columbia motor carrier industry, representing over 1,250 truck and motor coach fleets and over 200 suppliers to the industry. BCTA members operate over 13,000 vehicles, employ 26,000 people, and generate over $2 billion in revenue annually in the province.

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    Mar 1, 2018 - one month ago

  • Celebrating excellence in transportation infrastructure designs

    By Supply Post

    Consulting engineers are being recognized for excellence in B.C.’s transportation infrastructure designs, for their outstanding work on major bridge replacements, highway safety upgrades, remote avalanche-control systems, and separated cycling and walking paths.

    The awards were presented at the B.C. Transportation Conference in Vancouver on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, at the Deputy Minister’s Consulting Engineers Awards ceremony.

    Project designs are complex and must consider many different structural, geotechnical, social and environmental variables. The Consulting Engineers Awards recognize technical excellence in the categories of: Design and Contract Preparation – Roads; Design and Contract Preparation – Structures; Construction Management and Supervision Services; Specialized Engineering Services; and Alternate Transportation.   

    Design and Contract Preparation – Roads

    SNC-Lavalin won this category for its work on Highway 97 North in Quesnel. SNC-Lavalin designed a 2.7-kilometre four-lane upgrade to the highway, between Dragon Lake Road and Quartz Road. Despite being confined by Agricultural Land Reserves on both sides of the highway, SNC-Lavalin completed the project with minimal impact to the environment and improved safety and mobility along this corridor for the travelling public.

    Design and Contract Preparation – Structures

    WSP Canada Inc. won this category for its work on the Upper Cambie Creek Bridge replacement on Highway 3, near Allison Pass. The project design included wider traffic lanes, bike-friendly shoulders and modern traffic barriers, as well as enhancements to the wetlands next to the construction site. WSP Canada Inc. faced a tight schedule due to the construction window being limited to a few summer months, but the project was delivered on time and on budget.

    Construction Management and Supervision Services

    Binnie Construction Services Ltd. received this award for its work on the Fort Nelson River Bridge replacement. The project included sliding the existing bridge over for the traffic detour, building ice bridges on the river for winter construction access, and construction and installation of the new bridge. The remote location, a short construction season, difficult weather and changes to the design scope posed challenges, however the project was still completed within budget.

    Specialized Engineering Services

    Wyssen Avalanche Control Inc. won this award for its design, fabrication and installation of nine remote avalanche-control systems at key locations along the Trans-Canada Highway, near Revelstoke. The system allows technicians to monitor conditions remotely on a 24-hour basis, improves safety and reduces the length of road closures due to avalanche control. Despite difficult weather and terrain, the project was completed on time and on budget.

    Alternate Transportation

    Urban Systems took home this award for its improvements to the Cultus Lakeside Trail, south of Chilliwack. Urban Systems worked closely with the Fraser Valley Regional District, BC Parks, the Lakeside Trail Society and the ministry to provide a designated corridor for pedestrians and cyclists, separate from traffic. Extensive consultations were done to ensure the new design incorporated feedback from all stakeholders, resulting in a better multi-use trail for the public to enjoy.   

    Learn More:

    Watch the videos of this year’s finalists and winners for more details on the projects they were involved in:

    View photos of the awards ceremony and construction sites:

    Follow the work of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure:

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    Feb 2, 2018 - 2 months ago

  • Supply Post Christmas Gift Guide 2017

    By Supply Post

    Supply Post Christmas Gift Guide 2017

    Here are some unique & creative gift ideas for your shopping list this holiday season!

    Gift Subscription to Supply Post Newspaper - Bonus: Free pair of Supply Post Work Gloves with a 2 or 3 year subscription!

    Campfire Cologne

    Campfire Cologne – for that camp-fresh aroma anywhere, any time.

    Balls of Steel Whiskey Drink Coolers

    Balls of Steel Whiskey drink coolers - Chill your whiskey, wine or spirits without watering them down. Forged from the highest quality stainless steel. Profits go directly to support testicular cancer cure research at the MD Anderson Center.

    Man Hands Bacon Scented Soap

    Man Hands Bacon-Scented Foaming Soap - Someone once said bacon makes everything better, and they were right. This soap will keep a smile on your face with the smell we all love so much! 8oz. 

    Beard Ski Mask

    Beard Ski Mask - Release your inner Viking with this adjustable, one size fits all mask. Thermal fleece neck & vented neoprene mouth and chin. Water resistant. Also great for snow mobiling!

    Magnetic Light Mine

    Magnetic Light Mine - 11 neodymium rare Earth magnets used to attach and aim light hands-free; Use posts as tripods/quad-pods, creating a freestanding 360-degree light; Four electronic light functions: low power, high output, red night vision, blinking red signal; Lumen Tech high-output, wide-angle, intensely bright LEDs; AAA batteries are included.

    DeWALT Bluetooth Speaker

    DEWALT DCR006 Jobsite Bluetooth Speaker - AC/DC Powered; Runs Off DEWALT 12V/20V MAX Battery Packs; Bluetooth 4.0; Up to 100 ft Range.

    CAT Phone Case

    CAT Phone Case for Samsung 7.

    CAT Sweatshirt

    Ladies CAT Madison Hoodie - 3 panel hood lined with contrast fabric; S3 cord management system for increased safety on the job site; V insert at neck; Contrast piping at shoulders and side seams; Logo print on front; Rib cuffs and waistband.

    Freightliner Mens Puffy Vest

    Freightliner Mens Puffy Vest - Keep the warmth centered on your core in our Puffy Vest. With the same quilted lines as our Puffy Jackets these styles are great for layering over a long sleeve shirt or under a jacket. Some feature a colorful lining. 100% polyester shell with 100% polyester lining 6-ounce polyfill. 

    Skull Flames Welding Helmet

    Skull Flames Welding Helmet - Universal auto-darkening welding helmet with ample mask space. You know, so you'll look cool.

    Pizza Surfing Cat T-Shirt

    Pizza Surfin’ Cat T-Shirt - It’s a cat. Surfing. On a pizza. Your argument is invalid.

    Digital Tire Gauge

    TEKTON Digital Tire Gauge - Lighted nozzle and display screen for ultimate visibility in low light or at night; Digital display instantly and clearly shows exact reading, eliminating the guesswork of analog gauges.

    Resqme Keychain

    Resqme: The Original Keychain Car Escape Tool- Seat belt cutter + Car window breaker; Compact, lightweight & powerful; Easily accessible, no installation required; Tested and certified by TÜV; Over 10 years saving lives worldwide; Red Dot Design Award – Winner 2014.

    Pruveeo Dash Cam

    Pruveeo 1080P Dash Cam with Night Vision - Discreet Design. The camera mounts to the windshield, staying concealed from outside the car. APP supports both IOS & Android systems, allowing users to view, configure, and download HD video through WiFi in real time. Pruveeo is a professional dash cam manufacturer. Established in 2000, it employs over 300 people. It provides OEM and ODM services for numerous famous brands around the world. This item has sold more than 20,000 units on Amazon and comes with one year free warranty service. Worry-Free Warranty: Pruveeo has total confidence in our products and backs them with a 12-month replacement warranty. 

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    Nov 22, 2017 - 5 months ago

  • Economic Study Confirms Forest Industry a Cornerstone of B.C.’s Economy

    By Supply Post

    Over 140,000 total jobs, $12.9 billion in GDP drive economy in communities across the province

    An economic study released today by the B.C. forest industry confirms that the sector continues to be a cornerstone of the provincial economy and one of the largest employers across the province.

    Produced by PwC, the study assessed the economic impact of the B.C. forest industry’s ongoing operations, employment and capital spending across the province related to forestry and logging, wood product manufacturing and paper manufacturing.

    The study confirmed the importance of B.C.’s forest industry to families and communities across B.C. In 2016, the forest industry generated one out of every 17 jobs in the province, or over 140,000 total jobs, generating a total of $8.6 billion in wages to workers. Of the total jobs, the industry employs 60,000 people directly with an additional 81,000 indirect and induced jobs generated from forest sector activity. Notably, across the province, 140 communities also rely on the forest industry and are considered forest-dependent through their mills, community forests, or significant logging operations.

    The forest sector continues to be foundational to the B.C. economy generating $33 billion in output and $12.9 billion in GDP. Additionally, the sector contributed $4.1 billion in payments to municipal, provincial and federal governments from forest industry operations. That figure includes $1.4 billion to the federal government, almost $200 million in taxes to municipal governments, and $2.6 billion to the B.C. provincial government in the form of provincial taxes, stumpage, payments to BC Hydro, annual rent, logging taxes, and fees. This revenue is key to providing essential public services to British Columbians such as education, healthcare and infrastructure.

    Renewable B.C. wood products are in demand around the world, with B.C.’s forest industry exporting $13.7 billion worth of forest products in 2016, accounting for 34 percent of all provincial exports. The B.C. forest industry has also worked hard alongside provincial and federal governments to diversify our markets overseas, with China now accounting for 24 percent of B.C.’s forest product exports.

    As a major exporter, the forest industry is an important consumer of B.C. transportation infrastructure services such as ports, warehousing, railways, trucking, towing, barging and associated support services, with forest products representing over 21% of all traffic through the Port of Vancouver, 46% of the container traffic through the Port of Prince Rupert, and nearly 11% of total rail traffic across Western Canada.

    One of the reasons why B.C. wood products are in such demand is that B.C. is a world leader in sustainable forestry. The industry plants three trees for every tree harvested on average, and less than one percent of the timber land base is harvested each year. B.C.’s forest companies continue to innovate and make ongoing investments in the communities in which they operate to benefit workers, families, communities and the province.

    The global forest industry is very capital-intensive, and B.C.’s industry is no different. B.C.’s forest industry invested $650 million in new capital expenditures in 2016, not including maintenance capital, and is expected to continue that level of investment annually over the next five to ten years. Over the past ten years, the industry invested on average $1.5 billion annually in both strategic capital and maintenance.

    While forestry is a key driver of the provincial economy, the industry is facing some significant challenges including the ongoing softwood lumber trade dispute with the United States, rising costs and the devastating impacts on fibre supply from both this summer’s wildfires and the Mountain Pine Beetle infestation. The industry, government, and communities will need to continue to work together to face these challenges to ensure that forestry continues to be an economic engine for our province in the decades to come.


    “This economic report confirms that the forest sector continues to be a cornerstone of the provincial economy and one of the largest employers in the province. B.C.’s forest sector, and the families and communities across our province who are a part of it, contribute immeasurably to our quality of life in British Columbia. While our industry is facing a number of challenges, we are continuing to invest, innovate and diversify both our products and our markets to ensure that we can continue to be an economic engine in the province for generations to come.”

    Susan Yurkovich, President & CEO, BC Council of Forest Industries

    “The latest PwC report shows us, once again, that the health of B.C.’s forest sector is integral to the well-being of hundreds of thousands of families living in cities and communities throughout our province. From Vancouver and Victoria to Haida Gwaii and Prince George, forestry is part of the story of our beginnings, it’s woven into our everyday lives, and is an important part of a sustainable and prosperous future for B.C.”

    Rick Jeffery, President & CEO, Coast Forest Products Association

    “In the southern Interior, our economic health depends on a vibrant forest sector. All parts of the industry – from manufacturers to suppliers to service providers and more – play a crucial role in creating well-paying, family-supporting jobs in every part of our region. This report clearly reinforces that.”

    Ken Kalesnikoff, Chair, Interior Lumber Manufacturers’ Association

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    Oct 17, 2017 - 6 months ago

  • A Decade Perfecting Land Rover Defenders

    By Supply Post

    Arkonik was established ten years ago. Our mission has evolved over time, but its founding principle has remained constant: to create the best Land Rover Defenders in the world.

    To commemorate this 10 year anniversary, we are building five very special ‘Decade’ Edition Defender 110s.

    Each build will be individually numbered and painted in a unique black and gold fleck with hand-finished gold pinstripes down its flanks. The trademark Defender hinges will be accentuated in gold and this detail is continued on the bespoke KAHN alloy wheels, KBX grille & wing-top vents and unique badges.

    The interior echoes this dramatic presence with bespoke Ruskin Inside upholstery highlighted by Recaro Cross CS Sportster front heated seats covered in luxurious black leather with a gold stitch and complimentary fluting. This theme runs throughout the cab and rear passengers are treated to equally sumptuous seating with the emphasis on comfort.

    These limited editions offer an amazing opportunity to become a part of the Land Rover Defender elite.

    Leading independent Land Rover Defender specialists, Arkonik, have been bringing the British classic to clients in North America and across the globe since 2007. Working with D90 and D110 models, each vehicle that receives the Arkonik treatment will be of a 15-25 year old vintage, depending on its destination. Arkonik perform a full restoration whilst retaining as much of the original vehicles as possible, to render a 'better than new' vehicle tailored to clients' exact specification.

    Now offering three levels of service, Arkonik cater to all Land Rover enthusiasts. Choose Origins for an immaculately restored, authentic Defender, enjoy enhanced features with the handpicked Editions, or commission a completely custom build with the Bespoke service.​

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    Oct 16, 2017 - 6 months ago

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