http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 14.17Change: -0.04
R/$ = 10.52Change: -0.03
Au 1304.54 $/ozChange: 0.34
Pt 1482.50 $/ozChange: 1.00
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Aug 19, 2011

Demand for lighter trailers on the rise

Back
WesBank head of commercial vehicle finance Shane van der Merwe discusses the potential of local commercial vehicle manufacturing and assemblage in terms of job creation.
Engineering|SECURITY|Amalgamated Beverage Industries|Bakers|Concrete|Forklift|Manline|PROJECT|Security|Serco|System|Water|Cape Town Factory|Security|Electrical Equipment|Forklift|Logistics|Security|Steel|Trailer Body Manufacturer|Transport|Transportation|Security|Water
Engineering|SECURITY|Concrete|Forklift|PROJECT|Security|System|Water|Security|Forklift|Logistics|Security|Steel|Transport||Security|Water
engineering|security|amalgamated-beverage-industries|bakers|concrete|forklift|manline|project|security-company|serco|system|water-company|cape-town-factory|security-facility|electrical-equipment|forklift-industry-term|logistics|security-industry-term|steel|trailer-body-manufacturer|transport-industry-term|transportation|security-person|water
© Reuse this



Truck and trailer body manufacturer Serco reports that demand for its fibreglass interlink trailers has increased in excess of 50% over the past two years.

“We have seen an exponential growth in this category, as fuel and investment costs for truck tractors have risen,” Serco MD Clinton Holcroft tells Engineering News.

He says recent improvements to the flooring and chassis design, which were motivated by the aim to create a lightweight, durable trailer combination, have also contributed to the increase in demand.

“Customers are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of a durable and lightweight vehicle,” he notes.

Serco has designed a lighter chassis and has fitted the trailers with new birch plywood flooring, which has made the interlink combination lighter than before.

The wood flooring and lighter chassis reduces the weight of each interlink by about 800 kg, which improves payloads.

“Previously, the floor decks were made of steel; however, this was heavy and tended to deform under pressure from pallet jacks. The coated birch plywood flooring is strong and easy to replace if worn,” Holcroft adds.

The interlink trailer bodies are made of fibreglass, have interleading doors and a ramp for through loading.

Holcroft says the fibreglass trailer bodies offer improved waterproof sealing and durability, as well as security, as the sidewalls cannot be cut open like a curtain sider.

Further, he adds that, because the trailers are interlinks, they have an increased volumetric carrying capacity of 126 m3, compared with about 105 m3 in standard triaxle trailers, which amounts to an increase of about 20% and also allows for improved payloads.

“The growing trend to maximise the volume of goods transported in a single load to reduce the cost of transport has further increased demand for interlink trailers,” he says.

The trailers also have a sliding fifth wheel that allows a forklift to drive through from the rear trailer to the front trailer, and are suitable for transportation of dry goods, groceries, electrical equipment and parcels, besides others.

New imported aluminium rollover doors, supplied by Serco, were also installed. Holcroft says the benefits include less damage than with standard barn doors and improved efficiency for operators when docking the trailer for loading and offloading. Serco also installed a new trolley strapping system in response to the growing demand for loading with trolleys.


In April and May, Serco delivered two R600 000 interlink combination trailers to independent transport and logistics service provider Bakers and diversified logistics group Manline.

The company was also awarded a R9-million supply contract for 18 draw-bar interlink combination trailers for South African Breweries’ soft drinks division, Amalgamated Beverage Industries, in July. Further,
Serco completed a R2-million expansion at its Cape Town factory in May.

Holcroft says the project involved the expansion of the facility’s undercover work area by 690 m2 and upgrading the surface of the yard.

A total of 1 974 m2 of concrete was poured to produce a new floor area to facilitate the movement of equipment.

Serco has also incorporated environment-friendly elements into the premises.

“We have been considering ways to reduce our carbon footprint; thus, large sections of the roof have been fitted with translucent sheeting to assist in reducing electricity consumption. Clear sheeting was also retrofitted to sections of the existing factory to improve the use of natural lighting,” Holcroft says.

He adds that the expanded roofed area will assist in improving efficiency, as work will be done in a covered area and not be curtailed in inclement weather.

Further, two additional water storage tanks with a combined capacity of 20 000 were installed as part of Serco’s water harvesting project for the washing of vehicles. “This will reduce demand for municipal water,” Holcroft notes.

Similar modifications were introduced during the R2-million expansion project at Serco’s Durban factory last year.

Edited by: Chanel de Bruyn
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Commercial Vehicles News
Combined Motor Holdings (CMH), the JSE-listed importer and distributor of MG and Maxus vehicles, has announced a number of structural changes for the brands in Africa. MG and Maxus are sold locally through Mandarin Motors.
General Tyre production at the Port Elizabeth plant
Continental Tyre South Africa (CTSA) is investing between R300-million and R320-million in its Port Elizabeth facility this year, says CTSA marketing and sales GM Shaun Uys. The investment will focus on increasing energy efficiency, as the electricity price in Port...
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
Article contains comments
More
 
 
Latest News
President Jacob Zuma announced the composition on Wednesday of the ‘Energy Security Cabinet Sub-Committee’, which he said would oversee the development of South Africa’s future energy mix. Delivering his Budget Vote in the National Assembly, Zuma said the...
Cesa CEO Lefadi Makibinyane
Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) on Wednesday stated that it welcomed government’s move to lead municipalities back to basics and to put in place institutional mechanisms to enable them to deliver core municipal services, as announced by Cooperative...
JSE-listed construction firm Group Five on Wednesday announced that it expected its fully diluted headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the year ended June 30 to be between 20% and 30% higher, at 382c to 414c, than the fully-diluted HEPS of 318c achieved during the...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the construction industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the sector and includes details of employment in the sector, infrastructure and municipal spending, as well as insight into companies’...
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the electricity industry over the past 12 months, including details of State-owned power utility Eskom’s generation activities, funding and tariffs, independent power producers and prospects for the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Road and Rail 2014 (PDF Report)
This six-page brief covers key developments in the road and rail industries over the past 12 months, including details of South Africa’s road and rail network and prospects for both sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Steel 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the steel industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the global and South African steel and stainless steel markets, South Africa’s major steel producers and events that have shaped these markets.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
Local aerospace company Denel Aerostructures (DAe), part of the State-owned Denel Group, has won a fourth contract to manufacture parts for the Airbus A400M military air transport and air-to-air refuelling aircraft. The new contract, which was won in an international...
Bob Skinstad
Although CEO Mark McChlery and chief marketing officer Bob Skinstad likened themselves to children in a playground when taking on the task of “reengineering and repositioning” the Seartec brand, the “young, dynamic and enthusiastic guys” were like proud...
An increasing number of buyers, in both the new and used car markets, are opting for finance structures that lower their monthly repayments, says asset financing company WesBank. These include the use of large balloon payments (also known as residuals), as well as...
Tertiary education institutions can use search engine giant Google’s Chromebook to provide secure mobile end-point devices for students on which they can share documents, work collaboratively on documents and access education materials and applications being used...
Local ceiling and partition company Abbeycon has beaten global competition at the Saint-Gobain Gypsum International Trophy competition, which was held last month in Berlin, Germany.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks