Forterra collaborates with SDC Trailers on 40 new brick-spec platform trailers

9 July, 24
Leading building products manufacturer Forterra has expanded its truck fleet through a collaboration with SDC, the UK and Ireland's largest semi-trailer manufacturer.

Leading building products manufacturer Forterra has expanded its truck fleet through a collaboration with SDC, the UK and Ireland’s largest semi-trailer manufacturer. Forterra worked closely with the manufacturer to develop a cutting-edge Twin Tridec rear steer design for the order of 40 new platform trailers, a strategic move that will revolutionise Forterra’s logistics capabilities.

Rear steer trailers allow a trailer’s rear wheels to turn or steer in coordination with the front wheels of the towing vehicle. The purpose of a rear-steer system is to improve manoeuvrability and reduce the turning radius of a trailer. This can be especially useful in a tight space or when navigating sharp turns, making it easier for drivers to handle longer trailers. By doing so, rear-steer systems improve the overall safety and efficiency of the vehicle, especially during complex manoeuvres.

By greatly improving the dexterity of Forterra’s transport vehicles in tight spaces, the new rear-steer trailers will grant them rapid access to busy urban sites without compromising on safety.

Forterra’s new fleet of platform trailers are also complemented by an impressive array of features that further enhance performance and safety. Among the standout features are roll stability braking, steel flooring, LED strobe-lighting, safety beacons, auto-greaser, a glass reinforced plastic (GRP) toolbox and GRP cone storage, auto-reset raise-and-lower valve suspension, and the provision for a roll-along crane.

Dale Clarke, National Transport Manager at Forterra, expressed his enthusiasm for the collaboration, saying, “The cutting-edge platform trailers from SDC have significantly improved our operational capabilities. Their advanced features and rear steer system allow us to navigate even the most challenging delivery sites with ease. We are confident that this investment will further support Forterra’s commitment to delivering quality building products efficiently.”

SDC Trailers, with 45 years of industry experience and four UK-based manufacturing locations, is renowned for its commitment to innovation and customer satisfaction. Matthew Duxbury, SDC Trailers Regional Sales Manager, added: “We’re thrilled to have partnered with Forterra for this significant order; the new Twin Rear Steer Trailers are designed to meet and exceed their requirements, underscoring our commitment to supporting operational excellence. We look forward to a successful partnership that will contribute to Forterra’s continued success in the future.”

Forterra specialise in the manufacture of bricks, blocks, precast concrete, paving and many other vital products and services that Keeps Britain Building. Their portfolio contains some of the most recognised and respected names in the construction industry including London Brick, Butterley, Ecostock and Thermalite.

For more information please visit: https://www.forterra.co.uk/.

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