UK furniture franchise maximises inner-city efficiency with Tiger Trailers

From the April 2018 issue.

UK-based furniture business, Senator, has expanded its commercial vehicle fleet with a range of new trailers and demount bodies from Tiger Trailers.

The order consists of two 26-tonne DAF rigids with custom demount bodywork, each operating with bespoke tandem-axle drawbar trailers. Tiger has also supplied four 13.6-metre tri-axle box vans into the company’s striking black commercial fleet.

The new box vans will operate on trunking routes across the UK, while the drawbar and demount combinations will join Senator’s existing fleet of similar vehicles, each employed to effectively double the efficiency of its inner-city deliveries by halving the number of journeys required from its Lancashire depot.

“The demount units are the most effective way of transporting furniture orders from our main depot into large cities as we can quickly swap the body and often make two separate delivery runs with the same truck. It’s a solution that really works in our favour,” said Senator Head of Logistics, James Stokes.

“Our business lends itself to this demount body approach and Tiger really stepped up to the mark to ensure that these new additions, alongside the larger trailers, were ideally suited to our needs,” he said.

Tiger has designed each demount body using a hot-dip galvanised steel sub-frame, with four heavy-duty beams and two retracting location cones, each with ISO twist locks. The rear LED light units were specifically designed to suit Senator’s existing demount bodies, while also avoiding any potential damage from the Anteo tail-lift. Each body also features four extremely robust and durable swing-down legs, making them ideal for Senator’s intense quick-change delivery approach.

The two drawbar trailers have a straight-frame chassis design, with a single tow beam. They each feature a raise and lower valve for the suspension, with the valve situated on an extended bracket between the axle wings for ease of use.

“We have worked with Tiger for the last two years,” said Stokes.

“In that time they have really focused on understanding our business and looking at ways to help us drive efficiency to new levels. It’s great to see a company which will bend over backwards to support its customers,” he said.

Senator was founded in 1976 and has grown to become one of the UK’s largest manufacturers of office furniture. Its UK headquarters can be found in Lancashire and it has manufacturing facilities in Europe, America and Australia.

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