The Cartwright Group’s trailer rental operation continues to expand its trailer fleet and network of rental sites in the UK. Over the next four months the company’s rental fleet will increase by 400 trailers in order to meet customer demand.
With a rental trailer pool of more than 3,000 trailers, Manchester based Cartwright is well positioned to have the resource and flexibility to meet the urgent and seasonal demands of customers who may require additional trailers the next day – or even the same day – to meet their business requirements.
Cartwright Rentals is also increasingly finding that new or prospective customers are going for the rental option before they make the commitment to make their decision about trailer build orders. Furthermore operators can see immediate benefits by renting a trailer as contract terms with customers have shrunk.
Cartwright has expanded its rental depot network with the recent opening of a new site in Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire to add to rental sites at Cartwright’s head office in Altrincham, in addition Manchester, Avonmouth and Northampton. Phil Rodman Operations Director for Cartwright Rentals commented: "We welcome the addition of our new site in Bruntingthorpe. The growing demand for used trailers alongside our rental commitments has led to this expansion.
"Our specialist trailer rental division sees our large fleet of double deck trailers of about 350 join forces with our mechanical handling equipment."
Phil continued: "Added to this is our growing fleet of urban delivery trailers, which in the summer this year will expand dramatically with the new investment in new single and urban double deck trailers.
"We have been doing rental and lease for a long time. And the rental market is expanding. Operators can’t get long-term commitments from customers. A 12 month contract is now a good one and a five year contract is gold dust."
One market area that the Cartwright Rentals team have exploited is the double-deck market. Phil Rodman said the company is continually experiencing increased demand for double deck trailers and urban delivery trailers in the rental market. To keep up with demand the company has invested in a new fleet and will take delivery in August. They include 11 metre city urban trailers, dry freight and refrigerated, featuring twin axles, rear tail lift and rear steer. Due to the significant interest in urban double deck trailers a number of 11 metre urban double deck trailers will be joining the fleet.
He says: "The utilisation of double-deck trailer fleets is 95 per cent all year round. We are adding more double-decks to the rental fleet.
"The opposite end of the scale is modifying products for urban work as operators look to maximise tractors and productivity and delivery with short wheel-base urban trailers."
He adds: "There aren’t many single and tandem axle urban trailers about, but they are becoming popular again, as an alternative to rigid bodywork.
The Cartwright rental range includes a diverse fleet of trailers and equipment available to rent:
Box Van Trailers
Skeletal and Flatbed Trailers
Double Deck Trailers
City and Urban Trailers
Intermodal Swap Bodies