New Trailer Name in Britain
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ACOMPANY has been formed in Britain to market specialized heavy-duty trailers and semi-trailers, as produced in Canada by Truck Engineering, Ltd.. Woodstock, Ontario. The company is King Truck Equipment, Ltd., St. Mark's Road, Corby, Northants, and production will be carried out for them by the York Trailer Co., Ltd. The output of the two companies will be complementary, it being intended that King Truck Equipment will concentrate on building 10to 250-ton low-loaders, with the eventual intention of manufacturing special bodies suitable for use by electric-power-line maintenance contractors and so forth.
Interviewed by The Commercial Motor, Mr. V. B. King, president of -Truck Engineering, Ltd., said that he believed his company could develop their export markets mare successfully by trading both from Canada and the United Kingdom, and he foresaw a considerable market in Europe for his products. Mr. King said that the new range of trailers would be competitive in price with models already being built by British concerns, but that they would not be the cheapest, the aim being to offer exactly what was wanted. Mr. R. A. Broeders, managing director of King Truck Equipment, Ltd., said that there had been an extremely gratifying response from British operators and that a number of firm orders for low-loaders had been received already. The first British-built job—a 27-ton semi-trailer—would be completed by the end of this month.
Truck Engineering. Ltd., supply far more low-loaders in Canada than any other maker. Models built in Britain would be basically Canadian in design, but modified to suit British requirements and British standard steel sections. None of the designs feature knock-out axles, I5-in, wheels being used to provide a 31-in, rear loading height, allowing the use of short ramps. -This method of construction applies for semi-trailers of up to 45 tons capacity: above this weight removable front or rear ends are employed.
Use of specially developed materials results in low unladen weights, savings of up to 30 per cent. having been realized, and the extensive use of standardized running gears helps to simplify production and reduce initial costs. " Standard " lines range up to 75 tons in capacity, whilst the Canadian company have recently received an inquiry for a 300-ton unit. Initially, the larger types of trailer will continue to be built in Canada, but British components will be used wherever possible and the tirst designs will have a 95 per cent. British content. American Warner electric brakes will be available, however.