http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 13.61Change: -0.04
R/$ = 12.27Change: -0.02
Au 1164.53 $/ozChange: -7.23
Pt 1082.50 $/ozChange: -6.00
 
 
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 Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Letters Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Aug 24, 2012

Trailer manufacturer signs business agreement, builds new factory

Back
Johannesburg|Africa|Aluminium|Building|Design|Environment|Paramount Trailers|System|transport|Trucks|Welding|Africa|Diverse Network|Manufacturing|Manufacturing Aluminium|Manufacturing Capacity|Manufacturing Facility|Manufacturing Process|Product|Products|Service|Solutions|Steel|Trailer Manufacturer|Imperial Used|Imperial Used Trucks|Imperial Used Trucks|Kevin Sullivan|Kevin Sullivan|Warren Marques|Laser
|Africa|Aluminium|Building|Design|Environment|System|transport|Trucks|Welding|Africa|Manufacturing|Products|Service|Solutions|Steel|||
johannesburg|africa-company|aluminium|building|design|environment|paramount-trailers-company|system|transport|trucks|welding|africa|diverse-network|manufacturing|manufacturing-aluminium|manufacturing-capacity|manufacturing-facility|manufacturing-process|product|products|service|solutions|steel|trailer-manufacturer|imperial-used|imperial-used-trucks|imperial-used-trucks|kevin-sullivan|kevin-sullivan|warren-marques|laser
© Reuse this



Commercial trailer manufacturer Paramount Trailers has signed a business agreement with truck dealer Imperial Used Trucks, which makes it the official commercial trailer partner for the truck dealer.

The agreement, which was finalised in May, resulted in a variety of consignment commercial trailers being placed at various Imperial truck dealers in the country.

“Imperial Used Trucks customers can now purchase their trucks and trailers from one supplier, and be assured of high- quality products and customer service,” says Paramount Trailers MD Warren Marques.

Imperial Used Trucks GM Kevin Sullivan says a close relationship with Paramount Trailers allowed the partnership to develop.

“Conducting business with Paramount Trailers is always easy. The company is always willing to go the extra mile. The quality of its products and its extensive range will be a great asset to Imperial Used Trucks and our business partners,” he adds.

Marques states that the partnership provides Paramount Trailers with further access to a vast and diverse network of customers.

“It also allows us to continue to venture further into Africa, growing our footprint on the continent,” he says.

Meanwhile, the company is building a new manufacturing facility in Alrode, Johannesburg.

“The new R150-million 29 000 m2 facility is being built on a 76 000 m2 property. We have grown as a company and need to expand our manufacturing capacity on the premises. Our aim is to streamline our manufacturing process, which will be more cost effective,” says Marques.

The facility is expected to assist Paramount’s relationship and engagement with customers such as Imperial Used Trucks.

Further, Paramount Trailers last year started manufacturing aluminium mild steel hybrid feeding tank units, which provide a 30 t loading capacity.

“Although aluminium units can load more than 30 t, research has shown that very few operators make use of this additional capacity. “In the current difficult economic environment, transport operators are constantly looking to manufacturers to provide them with cost-effective solutions and this is what our new hybrid unit does,” he explains.

Marques adds that there has been an increase in demand for bulker trailers, prompting the company to introduce the Belly Auger model.

“Feed-tank designs consist of either a hydraulic or pneumatic discharge. “We have noticed that the South African market prefers the hydraulic discharge design.

“The Auger bulkers incorporate internal inverted V-shaped discharge gates, with enhanced operating features and an integrated closed Auger system, as well as synchronised offloading ratios,” says Marques.

He notes that the South African trailer market faces many challenges and highlights that the rising fuel price and living costs are contributing factors.

“Businesses are closing down and not many new ones have been established,” he says.

Marques believes that, in combating this, companies need to reduce manfacturing costs rather than increase product prices.

“We haven’t had an increase in selling prices for three years; however, the input costs of the materials used to manufacture trailers have increased. We believe it is important to reduce costs as much as possible and to find cheaper input materials to reduce costs wherever we can,” he says.

One of the ways in which Paramount Trailers has cut costs is through its design process.

“We use more aluminium than Domex, which ensures that a robust trailer is built at the lowest possible weight to provide the greatest payload for the cus- tomer,” he notes. Domex is a high-tensile material that is stronger than aluminium but not as light, but which is lighter than mild steel.

Paramount will also incorporate robotic welding and assembly technology in its new manufacturing facility, which will allow the company to move away from its current labour- intensive processes.

Marques points out that the company also uses laser cutting machines, which have improved the way in which it builds its trailers.

“Laser cutting machinery costs more initially, but the end product has proved to be worth the investment, as the quality and design of the trailers have vastly improved since we introduced laser cutting in the manufacturing process,” he says.

Marques states that Paramount Trailers intends to continue making inroads into the rest of Africa, as the South African trailer market is saturated.

“We already have coverage in the Southern African Development Community region but, strategically, we are looking to focus within this region and increase our current footprint,” he states.

Edited by: Chanel de Bruyn
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Online
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Automotive News
 
Latest News
Updated 2 hours 45 minutes ago The Complaints and Compliance Committee (CCC) of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) reserved judgment on Thursday in a complaint by eight publishers against the South African Post Office (SAPO). CCC chairperson JCW (Jacobus) van Rooyen...
Updated 2 hours 49 minutes ago Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies says a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Eastern Cape provincial government and dairy products manufacturer Nestlé South Africa on Thursday would create 800 permanent...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Real Economy Year Book 2015 (PDF Report)
There are very few beacons of hope on South Africa’s economic horizon. Economic growth is weak, unemployment is rising, electricity supply is insufficient to meet demand and/or spur growth, with poor prospects for many of the commodities mined and exported. However,...
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book comprises separate reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Water 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book has been divided into individual reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book has been divided into individual reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book has been divided into individual reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Road and Rail 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book has been divided into individual reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
JSE-listed Afrimat will make a cash offer to acquire the entire remaining issued share capital of subsidiary Infrasors that it does not already own.
TEAMWORK Aggreko Europe, Middle East & Africa MD David Taylor-Smith; Aggreko Zambia chairperson Dr. Sixtus Mulenga; Aggreko Africa MD James Shepherd
Temporary power generation services provider Aggreko announced earlier this month that it had appointed Dr Sixtus Mulenga as nonexecutive chairperson of Aggreko Zambia, a move it believed was integral to the ongoing expansion of its operations in Zambia and the rest...
Major global aircraft manufacturer Airbus Commercial Aircraft is maintaining a steady course. "I don't have any big news, good or bad," company President and CEO Fabrice Brégier told international aviation journalists in Toulouse, France, at the company’s recent...
MEASURING DEVICES Bosch has released a mobile app that enables the measurements made with measuring devices to be sent and used directly on the app for accuracy and on-site quoting
Industrial tool manufacturer Bosch has increased the compatibility of many batteries in its range of blue industrial power tools and has released mobile-device applications (apps) for users of the tools, says Bosch South Africa training manager Peter du Bruyn. Many...
The new Nissan Navara has been launched onto the global market, but Nissan South Africa (NSA) will only know in August whether the local Rosslyn plant will assemble the one-ton pickup. The NSA plant currently produces the old NP300 Hardbody one-ton bakkie, as well as...
 
 
Updated 4 hours ago The e-tolls issue has gone way beyond rates, Wayne Duvenage of civil action group the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) said on Thursday. "The (opposition against e-tolls in Gauteng) is not about the tariffs but more about the irrationality of the...
Article contains comments
It will take up to 18 months for government and the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) to implement the full spectrum of proposed tariff changes for users of Gauteng’s tolled freeways. While Sanral would, on Wednesday, implement the “first part” of...
Article contains comments
More
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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
Subscribe Now for $96 Close
Subscribe Now for $96