Founded in Kingston upon Hull in 1991 as a manufacturer of insulated panels for cold storage, Paneltex is a world-leading temperature-controlled vehicle body builder and converter. Thirty years later, Paneltex produces hundreds of vehicle bodies, vehicle body kits and portable cold stores a week, out of six specialised factories across the UK, including its main facility on the Kingston International Business Park in East Hull and a new factory situated on the A63 at North Cave.

The comprehensive range of Paneltex vehicles produced for major supermarkets and other blue-chip customers includes:


o  Panel van conversions

o  3.5T box bodies

o  Grocery home delivery vans

o  Fully-electric vans


o  Ranging from 3.5T to 26T


o  Skeletal tippers

o  Drawbar trailers

o  Bodybuilder chassis

o  Urban refrigerated trailers

o  Single and double-deck trailers

Specialised vehicles

o  Healthcare

o  Military

o  Government sector

Portable cold stores

o  From single units to modular construction forming complexes of easily-relocatable cold stores

Vehicle body kits for export

o  USA and Canada

o  Europe

Some of the different types of jobs that we have within the business include:

  • Production Operatives
  • Electrical Operatives
  • Engineering
  • Warehousing and Logistics
  • CNC Operators
  • Welders and Fabricators

The types of skills that we require our workforce to have include:

  • Good concentration and attention to detail to quickly notice errors on a production or assembly line
  • Strong teamwork skills, as the job involves working with others
  • A technical mind and the ability to work with their hands
  • Problem solving skills
  • Previous experience and proficiency in the use of handheld power tools
  • Effective communication skills, both verbal and written
  • The ability to flag up quality issues
  • In some cases, technical or professional qualifications are required

What do we look for in future employees?

  • Punctual and reliable
  • Ability to work to deadlines
  • Good understanding of Health and Safety, taking care of self and others
  • Dedicated to self-development
  • Positive, honest and with interest in working in vehicle body building

Where do we see skill gaps, now and in the future?

  • Engineering
  • Design Skills
  • CAD
  • Design/Draughtsman
  • Mechanical & Electrical Engineers
  • Semi-skilled assembly operators
  • Leadership skills

We offer various training programmes, including:

  • HETA Engineering Apprenticeships
  • Hull Training - various
  • Lean Manufacturing in Operations
  • ILM - Team Leader
  • ESOL – English Speaking
  • IT Skills
  • Numeracy & Literacy