Peterborough’s Ray Smith Group will next week show off a unique
truck-trailer with a demountable body that is the key to a huge new
contract for the company. It will be the centrepiece of the company’s
stand at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham (from 18 to 20
As well as the success of the product,
Ray Smith Group joint managing director David Browning will be
celebrating the success of the show. As chairman of the organising
committee he has presided over arrangements for an event which looks
set to break all records.
Last year more than 22,000 senior
executives from transport companies across the UK visited the show - 7
per cent more than in the previous year. This year the advance ticket
registrations suggest there will be an even bigger crowd.
Mr Browning hopes many of them will
take a look at the equipment being shown on the Ray Smith Group stand.
The central feature of the stand will
be one of a fleet of 29 vehicles being operated by transport company
Christian Salvesen to distribute tyres for the Dunlop Goodyear group.
Each vehicle can carry up to three demountable Ray Smith bodies,
providing Christian Salvesen with an extremely flexible distribution
system for the tyres manufactured by its customer. Each truck is also
fitted with a Ray Smith tail-lift to provide easy unloading.
The contract for the supply of bodies
and tail-lifts has been worth more than £0.5 million to the
It has proved a very worthwhile
investment for Christian Salvesen which is making substantial savings
in handling costs.
Previously tyres were sent from Dunlop
Goodyear factories to regional depots where they were unloaded, sorted
and reloaded onto delivery trucks.
Now a single warehouse in Birmingham
loads the tyres into the demountable Ray Smith bodies in the correct
sequence for the delivery rounds. Intermediate handling has been
Each night the 29 trucks and trailers
used by Salvesen on this contract go to Birmingham to pick up loaded
bodies that they then take to Salvesen’s regional depots, leaving
empty bodies from the previous day’s deliveries at the warehouse for
At the depots, day-shift drivers take
over the trucks for local delivery rounds. The demountable bodies on
the trailers which the trucks brought back from Birmingham are
switched to other vehicles which cover additional local delivery
David Browning said: “The ability to
swap bodies between vehicles, leaving empty bodies to be filled at the
warehouse while others are in use making deliveries, makes the whole
system very efficient for Christian Salvesen.
“We are delighted with the success
of the project and delighted that our customer is allowing us to
exhibit one of the vehicles at the Commercial Vehicle Show.”
David Browning has played a major role
in establishing the exhibition since it was launched four years ago,
first as vice-chairman of the exhibition organising committee and this
year as chairman.
Ray Smith Group is the market leader
in demountable systems and cantilever tail lifts for commercial
For more information about the Ray
Smith Group’s range of demountables and tail lifts, telephone 01733
563936 or visit www.rsg.co.uk
For more information on the Commercial
Vehicle Show 2002, telephone 020 7344 9222 or visit www.cvshow.com