Cheshire-based bodybuilder, Cartwright, has invested £1.8 million in a new refrigeration technology plant to serve growing demand for temperature controlled vehicles.
The new plant at its 38-acre base in Altrincham includes a number of purpose-built vacuum presses, automated gluing machines, overhead cranes and an on-line panel routing machine.
The company is keen to expand its presence in the refrigerated area of the market and plans to build 600 temperature controlled trailers and rigids a year by 2020.
Graham Usher, Sales and Commercial Director for Cartwright, said, “We know it’s a very competitive market place, but our latest generation of products are finished to the highest quality and have features which we know customers have been asking for.
“[They] want reduced fuel consumption and carbon footprints so we have produced a 13.6 metre trailer that is 800kgs lighter. We fit large radius cappings as standard, saving thousands of pounds for the operator over the life time of the trailer.”
“Customers have also expressed the need for trailers that will withstand constant dock loading. To meet this requirement we have incorporated steel frames into the rear of the floors which offers greater impact resistance. We have also designed the rear frame and sidewall connection to allow for greater impact absorption when the trailer reverses onto the docks. These features ensure our trailers will have great endurance in today’s 24/7 transport operations.”
One of Cartwright’s innovations is the use of heavy-duty hydraulic rams, instead of a rope and pulley system, to lift the floors on its double-deck trailers.