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Jun 18 2012

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New trailers tipped for success

We have been "swamped" with orders for a new product range aimed at the construction industry.

Ifor Williams Trailers spent three years of painstaking development work to improve their tipper trailers which are a favourite with builders, tree surgeons and landscape gardeners among others.

Reaction to the new tippers has been extremely positive, according to the company's Business Development Manager, Peter Nesbitt.

Key improvements include a lighter but stronger construction, increased payload and a steeper tipping angle

The trailer got an enthusiastic seal of approval from Gareth Jones, the Vice Chair of the Federation of Master Builders in Wales.

Mr Jones, who is also Managing Director of energy saving specialists Carbon Zero, was speaking after a guided tour of the factory at the headquarters of Ifor Williams Trailers where he saw the new tippers rolling off the production line.

He said: "I think the quality of the products is second to none, they are extremely well made.

"I don’t think people quite appreciate how much goes into building a trailer here, and the quality control and the rigorous testing.It’s a very impressive operation.

"Ifor Williams Trailers is a great brand, it’s a great product and it’s great to see them pushing the boundaries and making continual improvement to their already great products.

"The fact that their trailers are increasingly popular in Germany speaks volumes for the quality of the product and the engineering that goes into them.

"The tipper trailers are the work horses of the construction industry across Europe.

"I think this new range is certainly something that the Federation of Master Builders members will be interested in and hopefully it might be a way for some builders to actually cut their costs. Instead of having tipper lorries, they can tow these trailers behind a smaller vehicle.

The tipper trailers were first introduced 30 years ago and enjoy a high market share in the UK while sales abroad are also growing.

The company has 50 distributors in Britain and an international sales network that stretches across mainland Europe and as far afield as Australia and New Zealand.

Mr Nesbitt said: "We constantly review and improve our product range and three years ago we launched our Tipper Trailer Improvement Project.

"We evaluated with our customers what changes they would like and we looked at every element of the tipper design.

"Having said that, there are some areas where we have not changed - the parabolic leaf spring suspension, the Ifor Williams Trailer proprietary solid beam axles and our sealed-for-life bearings which we felt could not be improved upon.

"The many improvements we have made however are very significant and have made the product more versatile and more convenient for the user.

"On the 8’ x 5’ version, which is smallest trailer in the range, it is now possible to carry loading skids and that means customers can carry excavators and other items of plant.

"We’ve improved the design in a number of ways to increase the payload across the range.

"We’ve changed away from a phenolic ply floor base to an all aluminium and steel floor.

"We’ve also changed the structure and used high grade steels so that we can actually offer on some models up to a 100 kilograms more payload which is quite a significant improvement

"In our testing, we’ve proven that not only have we increased the payload but we’ve also increased the strength because of the extra engineering that we’ve built into the chassis and structure.

"Other changes include a clever improvement to the mesh side design which makes this accessory much more user-friendly for customers.

"The tipper range now come with a convenenient storage box as standard, which holds the tipper control unit, and customers now have the option of specifying an additional larger tool box which can be ordered as an accessory and is convenient for carrying tools and ratchet straps etc.

"In addition, we’ve improved the tipping angle by nine degrees on the largest models which makes tipping of loose waste such as grass and clippings much more convenient.


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