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Defender for me is a metaphor for life... it creates a gateway to adventure.

Arkoniks’ adventurous and intrepid founder Andy Hayes has instilled the mantra ‘we are excellence’ into every employee since the company’s humble beginnings.

“Arkonik was started on my driveway in 2005 with one vehicle. Previously, I’d had a motorcycle accident that had laid me up for two months, and for the first time in my life, I was physically forced to rest. When I got out of hospital my wife bought me an old Defender 110 to give me something to do. I still own that vehicle today.

I circumnavigated Europe for a few months on my own in that old V8. It took me from the UK to Scandinavia through Poland and to Ukraine through Moldova, Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, France, Spain and back to England. When I bought and modified another Defender then subsequently sold it effortlessly, the seed of Arkonik was sewn.

For me, the glory of an Arkonik Defender is the kinetic ability built into it. Whether you unleash its abilities once a year or once a day, it is what’s so utterly compelling about them. If you’ve owned one, it doesn’t mean you have to go to Africa today, but if you wanted to, you know you can.”

 

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Timeline

Andy Hayes' first Defender Andy Hayes' first Defender

2006

  • Andy Hayes purchased a 1983 V8 Defender 110 in Stratos Blue and spent the next three months restoring it on his own driveway.
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2007

  • Founded Land Rovers UK Ltd.
  • Rented first 2,000 sq.ft unit space in Midsomer Norton.
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2010

  • Moved into current premises at Lakeside Park (40,000 sq.ft). Around 100 Defenders on site at any one time. Selling around 50 per month into domestic UK and African markets.
Arkonik D90 soft-top driving in America Arkonik D110 single cab pick-up in USA Arkonik D90 delivered by road freight

2012

  • Global downturn meant our UK and European sales started to decline whilst USA inquiry increased swiftly. Due principally to the Defender marque becoming 25 years old (and therefore exportable to the States). America wanted restorations but also personalization. The business grew rapidly.
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2013

  • Refocused the business from retail to production. This included developing relationships with US customs and shipping companies, such as Foreign Automotive Preparation Service (FAPS inc.). As well as collaborating with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), US Department of Transportation (DOT) and US Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
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2016

  • Changed company name to Arkonik Ltd.
  • Further development of the site to facilitate rapid expansion.
  • Land Rover ends production of the seminal Defender after 67 years.
  • Arkonik appoints a dedicated US Sales Representative for client handovers.
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2017

  • To celebrate ten years in business the Arkonik Team curate a limited edition DECADE Defender 110 with a unique specification including; FOX suspension, Ruskin trimmed Recaro sports seats and custom Santorini Black paintwork with a gold fleck.
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2018

  • Continuous R&D leads to fabricating our own panels and electrical components.
  • Another milestone reached: 200 Arkonik Defenders restored and reimagined for American and Canadian markets.
  • Continued growth sees an all-time record number of staff members.
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2019

  • Two new bespoke facilities created to expand our Engine & Transmission clean room and for additional storage.
  • Arkonik predicts its highest turnover to date.
  • Building a custom Defender exclusively for you...
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2020

  • Project 'UJO' to be unveiled to the public, a revolutionary build for Arkonik.
  • Further site expansion to accommodate the continued growth of the business. 
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