CV Show 2015: Cartwright Group shows new trailer designs off

Cartwright exhibited its latest curtain-sided and reefer trailers at the CV Show.

Technical director Lionel Curtis, who joined Cartwright last year from Gray & Adams, said its new reefer is about 800kg lighter than the previous model as a result of a “weight optimisation exercise”.

Much of the weight has come out of the slimmed-down chassis and a new floor structure with redesigned bearers. “I haven’t just copied what I did at Gray & Adams,” said Curtis. “This is new.”

A single-temperature, 13.6m-long, 4.145m-high example exhibited outside the halls, with a Carrier Vector 1550 fridge plant is claimed to weigh “substantially less than ?8.5 tonnes”.

Curtis also said much attention has been paid to body fixings, making them as neat as possible and reducing the number that are visible.

The key points of the new curtainsider are a new floor design capable of withstanding high point loadings, plus a redesigned bulkhead aero-dynamic moulding that deflects air past the curtain tracks at the top corners.

Cartwright has just purchased the 40% stake held by former company directors, and now joint MDs at Tiger Trailers, John and Steven Cartwright for an undisclosed sum.