ENGINEERING: TTT A Front Runner In Its Industry
Recent Western Cape Business News
WHEN Trailer & Tanker Technology (TTT) was founded in 2001 by Mark Young and his partner Kobus Barnard little could they have foreseen that it would grow into a front runner in the trailer manufacturing industry.
Today this Parow Industrial-based company is perhaps the biggest Cape-based, privately owned trailer manufacturer of its type with products ranging from load bodies, semi - trailers, drawbars, skeletal trailers, and many other types of customer specified trailers in particular new generation retractable skeletal trailers, better known as sliding skeletals.
Young has been in the industry for the past 25 years, firstly with his father Ben, who owned Benco Trailers. Barnard has made a valued contribution to the company with his wide knowledge in the transport industry and also contact with major transport companies. The winning management team consists of Barnard, who overlooks finances, Young who contributes his expertise in production and design and Garry Chase who handles the sales and services department.
“Our mission is the marketing, sales, production and distribution of products of outstanding quality and workmanship”, says MD of the company Mark Young.
And so it is. Today Stellenbosch-based Distell, arguably the biggest producer of wine and other liquors in the country with well over 100 trailers on our roads, has chosen TTT for all refurbishments and manufacturing of new trailers. The reason for using one company was based on the outstanding quality of service provided by TTT.
Young explains what refurbishment involves: “One of the main changes has been to rebuild trailers from the deck up with TTT’s own design aluminum extrusions and super light UV safe fibreglass roof panel. The back of the trailer has a roller-shutter door and the trailer decks are replaced with strengthened 6mm plate”. The trailers are then fitted with high quality 800 gram curtains to customer spec and color.
This all happened in 2002 and Distell now uses ride-on pickers and dock levellers to load the vehicles. The refurbishment programme was completed in a short span of time. Since then all new trailers and load bodies manufactured for Distell consist only of Domex and aluminum therefore getting good payload even on their 8 ton rigids. The company finds that it is increasingly using Domex steel, imported from Sweden. Young points out that mild steel of 4.5 mm – traditionally used in manufacturing – weighs up to 20% more than the 3mm thick Domex steel. By using Domex the payloads on trailers increase substantially, thereby maximizing income for transporters. Currently Domex goes into some 85% of all new trailers and truck bodies.
“It is TTT’s business to understand our customer’s requirement and then provide them with the right solution to meet their individual needs”, Young says.
This approach is paying off. Today TTT has products placed with, in addition to Distell, big operators such as Afrox, H & M Removals, Master Cargo, Laser Logistics, Berry & Donaldson, Pioneer Foods (Bokomo and Sasko) and Peninsula Beverages which is perhaps best know for its Coke agency. TTT does not however only build for Cape Town and as one can see from the list of customers above they operate country wide. TTT has reputable service agents all over SA to service and maintain their products. However the smaller one-man operator is just as much an integral part of their customer base.
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