Changes at Weightlifter and PPG Fabrications
Trailer and tipping trailer manufacturers Weightlifter Bodies and PPG Fabrications have been acquired by Grange Cross.
Former MD Paul Weightman who retires after 27 years at the helm, is handing the reins to former commercial director of Renault Trucks and Grange Cross shareholder, Nigel Butler.
Weightman said: “I am very pleased to be able to secure the future for the business, the staff and the customers. Through innovation and build quality, we have been leaders in tipping trailers and bodies for many decades. I am certain that under Nigel, the business will continue to grow and develop, maintaining its market leading position.”
His successor, Butler, said: “I am thrilled to be joining the Weightlifter and PPG teams. Paul Weightman, with his directors, has done a fantastic job to consistently be a leading and well-respected supplier of truck tipping products.
“The construction, agriculture and recycling markets are dynamic and growing, bringing lots of opportunities to develop Weightlifter and PPG.”
Butler also stated that he looks forward to “providing a secure future to our 87 staff at our two manufacturing sites by continuing to develop innovative solutions for our customers that add real value to their operations.”
Although admitting that it is “very early days” for him and the two companies, Butler stated that the manufacturers have been looking to expand on current product lines, but not before talking to its customer base and working out where the gaps in the market lie.
Rolfo launches new car transporter
Rolfo has launched a new car transporter, which has been designed to cope with ever larger and heavier electric and hybrid vehicles.
Commenting on the EGO 539, which replaces the Italian manufacturer’s EGO 538 model, Unirolfo’s MD, Davide Sobrino, said: “Cars are getting wider and heavier, so we needed to take that into consideration in the development process together with the need for providing a reliable and highly competitive tool. The EGO 539 gives the option of loading 11 large cars, or 12 small cars, with considerable mix loadings and one of the highest payloads in the sector.”
The new transporter utilises a galvanised structure, which reduces the risk of rust and elongates its lifespan. Sobrino explained the focus of Rolfo developments centered around the Total Life costs, and that the EGO 539 with its modular design will appeal to operators who swap their bodies onto new chassis after seven or eight years.
Other new features include duplicating the controls for the lower rear most deck, which are now also located at the rear of the trailer. This gives increased control when pulling in the last car with the rear half-powered ramp, or when adjusting the height of the rear of the trailer.
The vehicle features a new night lighting system with over 30 LEDs fitted to the trailer, improving visibility and safety, while new flex stalk lights reduce the risk of losing an indicator while manoeuvring.
During the launch event, which took place at Mercedes’ Wentworth Park site, the transporter operator demonstrated loading and unloading, using a selection of Vauxhall cars. The process took 30 minutes, which Sobrino claimed was quicker compared to rival transporters.