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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 March).

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 Peterborough company.

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 eliminated.

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 refilling.

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 rounds.

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 vehicles.

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 

March 2003

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