Plant and Waste Recycling Show, Paignton, 12th -14th June 2012
Boughton Engineering – Stand M4
Boughton Engineering, Britain’s longest established manufacturer of hook-loaders, skip-loaders, close-coupled trailers and bulk waste semi-trailers, returns to Torbay this week, now as part of Skan Group.
In just the year since the Boughton operations were acquired by Skan Group Holdings, its former Staffordshire operation has been co-located onto the group’s Wolverhampton headquarters site, alongside specialist mobility engineering company, Oldbury UK – and manufacturing has been consolidated at the Winkleigh plant in North Devon.
Concurrently, Skan has strengthened the group’s management, manufacturing, engineering, purchasing and sales teams – and streamlined factory systems and processes to shorten vehicle turnaround and delivery times. Similar attention has been applied to the service and parts operation, with additional customer service engineers, resources and facilities being brought on stream to support fleets either on-site or, for operators who opt to extend the operating life of their vehicles, OE factory assured repair and refurbishment arrangements. Skan has also committed to a range of major investment, product development and expansion plans for the future.
Group Managing Director, Richard Skan says, “We have been able to bring together two of the longest established and most respected brands in the vehicle industry, with a combined heritage of over 250 years of sound, innovative engineering excellence between them. The market should be assured that we take our custody and future long term development of these operations as seriously as we take delivering added value for the customers they serve”.
With an established customer base which includes many of the industry’s most prominent operators, the Boughton Engineering display includes vehicles which represent all three main product categories – skiploaders, hookloaders and close-coupled trailers. There are two 4-axle rigid hook loaders, one of which shown with a 20’ close-coupled trailer – and a 2-axle skip-loader. All the units also feature Boughton’s industry leading and patented KwikCova automatic sheeting system. The company will announce another major order during the show.
The skiploader unit is a CH18PRS variant, mounted on a DAF two-axle chassis and is for supply to Bristol-based Gullivers from dealer Adams Morey.
A four-axle DAF chassis mounted Boughton 8/32C hook loader with KwikCova sheeting system appears in Firow livery, supplied by Chatfields of Manchester. The unit is similar to a growing number of vehicles in service with the Firow fleet and features stab jacks, a hook safety pin and rear camera.
Finished in Viridor / Violia’s striking blue livery, with high conspicuity markings and red and white chevrons on the vertical stinger, the Volvo-based unit, supplied by Wales & West Truck & Bus, features a tow-hitch for operation with close-coupled trailers. The vehicle also features a load cell-based on-board weighing system, additional lighting, two fire extinguishers and markings for operation under ADR requirements.
Boughton close-coupled trailers have earned favour and an established place with operators requiring additional capacity and the unit on display demonstrates a number of recently introduced enhancements and features. The 20ft tri-axle close-coupled trailer with KwikCova sheeting system on show includes wide section super-single tyres and wheels and a push-in C-type drawbar with VBG towing eye.