Transdek UK celebrated their third Queen’s Award for Enterprise win on the 21st April 2018, for their outstanding achievement to Innovation. The pioneering Fixed Double Deck Wedge Trailer has several unique features, which secured Transdek this prestigious award.
Transdek began over twenty years ago with founder Mark Adams at the helm, and operates out of their factory and headquarters based in Harworth, South Yorkshire. Initially created to develop and sell loading equipment for the distribution sector in the UK, Transdek has grown to offer a full range of trailer and loading bay patented products with the aim of offering more efficient and sustainable road freight through cost, fuel, and space saving technologies.
The 4.95m Wedge Trailer offers a 52 pallet capacity with the ability to accommodate taller loads, such as roll cages or pallets (up to 1862mm high on both decks), due to a distinctive kink in the body (patent granted). This unique body design adds additional height at the neck to accommodate full height loads, allowing for extra volume and payload compared to standard powered deck alternatives. The Wedge Trailer can also be fitted with V-Glide sash type rear doors, another patented feature developed by Transdek, for faster and safer loading and unloading of goods. Temperature controlled options are available with up to a 50 pallet capacity.
The award-winning Wedge Trailer is helping towards road sustainability goals, as it has the capability to carry up to 25% more load volume and up to 40% more payload (up to an additional 7 tonnes) compared to conventional double deckers. In real terms, if the UK’s fleet of powered double deckers were all to benefit from this extra payload capacity, it could save over 150 million road miles per year, which equates to almost 330 return trips to the moon. The fixed deck of the Wedge Trailer also offers increased reliability, due to having no moving parts, and a longer lifespan over conventional models.
Transdek’s client base includes Boots, Nisa, Argos, Eddie Stobart and many others, all of whom praise Transdek for helping them to meet their sustainability goals with more efficiently loaded trailers, saving on crucial road miles and diesel fuel usage across their transportation network.
Boots UK were the first retailer to trial the Wedge Trailer in 2016, and since then have purchased an initial 60 of these models. After making this change Boots has been able to reduce their fleet by 18%, saving them 340,000km a year from their distribution routes. This has reduced Boots’ overhead costs and diesel consumption, whilst also helping the environment by reducing vehicle emissions and road congestion.