S&J Haulage opts for Tiger's lightweight trailers

Leicestershire-based S&J Haulage has expanded its fleet with the delivery of 15 lightweight tri-axle curtainsiders from Tiger Trailers. The trailers were developed in conjunction with Tata Steel and were built at the company’s state-of-the-art £22m factory in Cheshire. 

Tiger identified the need for lighter clearspan curtainsiders two years ago, and last year worked with Tata to resolve this. Tata supplied Tiger with a premium steel twice the strength used in standard trailers, which meant far less steel was required for supports and resulted in a weight saving of approximately 500kg. 

The result is one of the lightest 4.35m tri-axle clearspan curtainsiders available in the UK, with a payload of up to 29 tonnes on certain configurations. All the new trailers are EN12462XL-compliant and FORS silver accredited, and Tiger is working on gold accreditation. 

S&J MD Steve Haines said: “We knew Tiger Trailers had been co-operating with Tata to develop a lightweight trailer. We are impressed with how Tiger worked with us to deliver an exacting specification that optimises our operation. It’s likely we’ll be forming a long-term partnership with the team in Winsford.”

The trailers have a pillarless, clearspan design and roof-mounted load restraints, which are crucial for secure loading of Jeld-Wen products, one of S&J’s longest-established customers that produce windows and doors. 

“We’re often loading full-height Jeld-Wen wood products,” said Haines, “and the sliding load restraint system makes life easier, faster, and much safer for drivers securing loads.”

S&J’s curtainsiders will be joined shortly by three double-deck boxvan trailers from Tiger Trailers, following recent contract wins for S&J’s European operations. 
Based in Melton Mowbray, Palletline member S&J Haulage runs a 40-strong fleet and specialises in general haulage, European deliveries and UK overnight distribution. It runs Mercedes-Benz and Iveco trucks, although the fleet largely comprises Scania trucks, and it recently acquired four more R-series 6x2 tractor units. 

Mercedes Work Ready covers new and Approved Used chassis

Mercedes-Benz has launched an off-the-shelf offering for its trucks to allow customers to get vehicles in a hurry. The WorkReady programme covers both rigid and tractor units and covers both new and Approved Used chassis. Trucks are available to customers “at very short notice” and can be put to work in some cases within days.

Units currently WorkReady include Actros StreamSpace and BigSpace tractor units, as well as 530hp Actros1 models with GigaSpace cabs. Rigid vehicles including the 8x4 Arocs are also available with Boweld and Thompsons tipping bodies. There’s also Thompsons tipper-grabs and Hyva hook-loaders – which can also be found in an 8x2 configuration on the scheme. Mercedes’ full range is represented by the programme with 26-tonne Antos and Actros models with box bodies, as well as 18-tonne Antos trucks. FUSOs will also be available at short notice with their range of Canters from 3.5 to 7.5 tonnes.
Speaking about the WorkReady programme, Mercedes-Benz Trucks UK marketing communications manager Ben Grayson said: “WorkReady is aimed at operators who, for any one of a multitude of reasons, may not have the time to acquire a vehicle in the conventional way. The process of ordering the base chassis from a dealer and then, when it arrives in the UK, waiting for one or more third-party suppliers to build the body and, potentially, add ancillaries or undertake further modifications, can take months. For some, that’s just not an option. If they’re faced with an urgent business requirement, WorkReady can provide the answer.” 
Approved Used trucks available through Mercedes will come in all manner of models, sizes and specification but will all be under seven years old and have less than 700,000km on the clock. 

Grayson added: “Most customers will continue to order their chassis from the factory, then get them built or converted by a bodybuilder, and one or more other parties. However, given the time these processes take, some operators will be better served by a WorkReady vehicle.”