TCS&D was delighted to be invited to the head office of The Cartwright Group recently to learn a little bit more about the family strong business.

This privately owned family business has been in operation since 1952 and are celebrating their 65th anniversary this year, which is a testament to the company’s products, innovative approach, build quality and support services.

The Cartwright Group is one of the UK’s leading commercial vehicle body, trailer and conversion manufacturers, offering the largest, most diverse and innovative range of products.

At their 38 acre site in Altrincham, Cheshire, The Cartwright Group employs 900 people across their 4 divisions (Cartwright Fleet Services, Cartwright Rentals, Cartwright Finance and Cartwright Conversions) and build up to 100 trailers per week.

The Cartwright Group have recently invested £1.8m in a brand new refrigeration technology plant at their Altrincham base. This new facility was developed to better serve the growing temperature controlled market, demonstrating their forward thinking engineering capabilities and reputation for innovative solutions.

Graham Usher, sales and commercial director, told TCS&D that the initial spend of £1.8m on the new facility is part of their continued development in the refrigeration sector and includes a purpose built vacuum press, new cranes, new press beds and a new state of the art glue facility.

Graham continued, “Our plan is by 2020 to be building 600 temperature controlled trailers and rigids per annum. We know it’s a very competitive market place, but our latest generation of products are finished to the highest quality and have features that reduce impact damage to the rear of the trailer (from reversing into docks) and we have built the floor to comply with ISO 1497 (this is a roller test on two small wheels with 7.3t imposed on them). We have also built a steel frame in the rear of the floor to withstand the constant dock loading that trailers are subjected to in UK operations.”

“Reducing CO2 fuel is very important and we have reduced the tare weight of our 13.6m trailers by 800kgs and we have opted for radiused cappings as standard.”

“We’re excited that we can offer all of our quality products through Cartwright Rentals or via Cartwright Finance, with the option for customers to add full maintenance packages that include YourFleet Live (real-time, on-line vehicle management and compliance platform) through CFS.”

“We have a one-stop-shop that offers excellent value for money for all your trailer and rigid operational requirements.”

The Cartwright double deck trailer range is under constant development. This ensures they can provide their customers with a cost-effective product which helps reduce their carbon foot print.

One of Cartwright’s unique features to their double deck trailers is their “Direct Hydraulic Drive Systems”. This allows for a 52 pallet maximum capacity, where rams have been integrated into the bulkhead and rear frame of the trailer.

Their temperature controlled double deck trailers are available in both four-ram hydraulic direct drive or single ram rope and pulley configuration, depending on your load requirements.
All of Cartwright’s panels are designed and manufactured in house, to ensure full control of quality, specification and lead-time.

Popular options include:
• Moving bulkheads
• Recessed Load Track
• Chequer or Grit Floor Covering
• Temperature Recorder
• Insulated Shutter Door or Double Doors
• Air Ducting
• Compression Buffers
• Tail-Lift

Visit and watch the Cartwright video.

The Cartwright Group will once again be exhibiting at the UK’s only dedicated event for the temperature controlled storage and distribution sector. TCS&D 2017 will be taking place on the 13th & 14th September at the RICOH Arena in Coventry. You will find the Cartwright team on stand H26, join them for a coffee and a chat and see how they can help reduce your trailer costs.

For more information, please call 0161 928 0966 or email or visit



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