Continuing with their long-term support of the CV Show, leading bodybuilder Strongs Plastic Products Ltd exhibited three quite distinct and different pickup vehicles on their stand at this year’s show at the NEC, including the company’s brand new lifestyle tipper model seen for the first time. The Strongs product display highlighted the versatility and flexible manufacturing of their company’s body conversions for both on and off-road applications.
“With increasing demand for 4 x 4 pickup vehicles with bodies having cargo space that can carry more equipment, together with quick and easy access, the versatility of our body conversion for 4 x 4’s offers end users a lightweight, easy to access body that is based on a bespoke modular system, which can be tailored to suit specific individual needs and this was evident with the three vehicles we had on display this year,” said James Strong, Director at Strongs Plastic Products.
The first vehicle showed by Strongs clearly illustrated the flexibility of working operations that is possible through the use of the co-polymer bodies manufactured by the Tamworth manufacturer. This vehicle was a single cab Ford Ranger with a Strongs full body conversion, built to a bespoke utilities specification. After the show, the vehicle will go into operation for a major utilities company, being used principally for one man operations. The Strongs full body conversion on the Ford Ranger had an internal length of 2300 mm, together with an internal height of 1100 mm. This impressive carrying capacity enables the vehicle to carry between six and eight extra height roadside barriers, as well as giving improved access to the body by means of the lower access height over the rear wheels.
The Strongs body also featured four roller shuttered storage lockers, two on either side of the vehicle, as well as a rear tailgate door with integrated scene lights, and full hazard perception markings that meet Chapter 8 requirements.
The second vehicle of the Strongs stand was a Nissan Navara double cab 4×4 in the colours of Sussex Police. Once again, this vehicle was fitted with a Strongs full body conversion and the vehicle is to be used by Sussex Police as a complete Incident Support Unit. Within the Strongs body, there is a fully extendable light mast for floodlighting areas around the vehicle, as well as full night search lighting equipment.
Designed to hold an extensive array of incident support equipment, this is the first Strongs full body conversion supplied by the Tamworth company to Sussex Police, and the final bespoke specification was agreed following extensive product development meetings between the two organisations during the vehicle acquisition programme.
The third and final 4 x 4 vehicle on the Strongs stand was a brand-new Isuzu D-Max Yukon double cab that featured Strongs brand new integrated co-polymer tipper body that was demonstrated for the first time at this year’s CV Show.
This lifestyle inspired tipper body from Strongs is aimed at those customers who want a dual purpose 4 x 4, for both work and for pleasure purposes. So neat is the design that it doesn’t look like a tipper in the slightest. Looking, to all intents and purpose, like a standard 4 x 4 vehicle, it is only obvious that it’s a tipper 4 x 4 when the vehicle body starts the tipping mode. Most importantly, the Strongs tipper body is as practical as it is aesthetically pleasing, with it boasting an impressive payload capacity of 1200kgs.
Commenting on the varied selection of vehicle bodies that were exhibited on their stand, James Strong from Strongs Plastic Products said, “All three 4 x 4 vehicles on the Strongs stand demonstrated the scale and versatility of the current Strongs product portfolio. Each vehicle was quite unique in terms of both overall design and specialist body features. Such has been the success of our 2015 co-polymer body range that the company has now expanded its production facility considerably to cope with this increase in demand for our products.”