Group chairman Ray
Smith said: "Our new factory will permit us to integrate all
our manufacturing activities under one roof and enable us to step up production to meet continual
increases in demand.
production facilities will boost our efficiency and assure our
future competitiveness in the face of intense rivalry in the commercial vehicle market and the adverse
trading effects of the strong pound."
The company, which
was founded as Ray Smith Demountables Ltd in 1972, is committed
to the development of products which improve road transport delivery times and minimise operating costs.
container 'swop bodies' have retractable legs which permit them
to be unloaded from truck chassis, allowing the truck to continue in operation while the container is
being filled or emptied.
electro-hydraulic cantilever tail-lifts reduce goods delivery
times and eliminate unnecessary manual handling. Another group company
called Garfield Hydrol, which manufactures hydraulic cylinders for the group and other companies, will also
be moving to the new Fengate factory.
Ray Smith added:
"Demand for our productivity-enhancing products is accelerating
as road transport providers search for ways of cutting operating costs
and getting more work out of fewer vehicles."