UK trailer builder, Cartwright, has invested £1.8 million (€2.05 million) in a new refrigeration technology plant to serve growing demand for temperature-controlled vehicles.
The company reportedly aims to build 600 temperature controlled trailers and rigids per year by 2020.
The new plant at its 38-acre base in Altrincham, Cheshire, includes a number of purpose built vacuum presses, automated gluing machines, overhead cranes along with an on-line panel routing machine.
“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,” said Graham Usher, Sales and Commercial Director for Cartwright.
“Customers want reduced fuel consumption and carbon footprints so we have produced a 13.6m trailer that is 800kgs lighter. We fit large radiused cappings as standard, saving thousands of pounds for the operator over the lifetime of the trailer.
“Customers have also expressed the need for trailers that will withstand the constant dock loading. To meet this requirement we have incorporated a 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.
All of Cartwright’s 44-pallet double deck fridge trailers are available in single, dual or tri compartment configuration; and options include moving bulkheads, recessed load track, insulated shutter door or double doors, temperature recorder, air ducting, compression buffers, tail lift, and chequer or grit floor covering.