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BLACKWOOD PLANT HIRE TAKES DELIVERY OF ITS FIRST BESPOKE-BUILT PLANT BODIES FROM ANDOVER TRAILERS

After more than a decade of excellent performance from its other Andover Trailers products, Kilmarnock-based Blackwood Plant Hire has taken delivery of its first purpose-built plant bodies from the Hampshire manufacturer.

Mounted to two identical 32-tonne, 8×2 Scania G450 chassis, the specialist plant bodies are new additions to Blackwood Plant Hire’s commercial vehicle fleet, continuing a relationship between the two companies that began with the delivery of a tri-axle step frame trailer in 2008.

Paul McCormack, Managing Director at Blackwood Plant Hire, says: “Over the years we’ve had five new step frames and a second-hand Andover plant body in our fleet – all of which have consistently performed superbly. So, when it came to specifying these new trucks the decision was simple.

“Andover builds to our exact spec, delivering products that are ultra-strong and extremely lightweight – a perfect combination. No matter what is asked of these new rigids, we know they’ll be up to the task. Then when we eventually come to sell them on, Andover’s reputation means that they command strong residual values.”

Each plant body has been precision engineered by Andover Trailers to the individual Scania chassis. The new rigids include a double crank beavertail that is connected to a pair of 2.8m long hydraulic power toe ramps. The ramps feature Andover’s pioneering fold-forward design – which helps to reduce drag and deliver impressive fuel savings – and are also fitted with hydraulic sideways movement, which allows them to be brought together to assist with loading narrow machines.

The new bodies also benefit from Andover Trailers’ trademark low-profile deck, which is achieved by designing the cross members to transect the body runners, rather than simply sitting on top.

Each new truck features full air suspension, with rear lift and steer axles, alongside a full working at height system and additional LED lighting for improved safety when loading and unloading. The decks also include four pairs of lashing points as standard, with the company opting for an additional four pairs of five-tonne D-rings to increase load flexibility and security.

Based out of the Blackwood Plant Hire’s Stewarton depot, the new rigids will deliver a range of plant, including diggers and excavators weighing up to 14-tonnes, to customers across the UK. On the road six days a week, the vehicles are expected to clock up around 150,000 kilometres per year.

Blackwood Plant Hire was established in 1960, primarily working in land drainage and agricultural work. In 2001 the business began to rapidly expand, and now supplies more than 300 pieces of plant to its extensive customer base, which includes national civil engineering, rail and utility construction projects.

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For information on the heavy haulage and specialist transport solutions provided by Andover Trailers, contact Andover Trailers Ltd, Unit 75, Columbus Way, Walworth Business Park, Andover, Hampshire, SP10 5NP. Tel:  01264 358 944 or e-mail: sales@andovertrailers.co.uk   Website: www.andovertrailers.co.uk

Note to editor:  For further press information please contact Gary Baker or James Keeler on 020 8647 4467.

SHORTS GROUP AND ANDOVER TRAILERS BUILD ON 20-YEAR RELATIONSHIP WITH NEW 32-TONNE PLANT BODY

Waste management, plant hire, agriculture and demolition company, Shorts Group, has taken delivery of a new plant body from Andover Trailers, the latest build in a long-standing relationship dating back more than two decades.

The bespoke built plant body is mounted to a 32-tonne 8×2 Scania chassis and represents a new addition to the company’s commercial vehicle fleet, specifically operating within the plant hire side of the business.

Matthew Campling, Commercial Director at Shorts Group, says of the latest asset: “Andover simply deliver a superior unit, with clever engineering and impeccable build quality. Ultimately, they are more reliable and robust than any off-the-shelf alternative you can get elsewhere.

“The fact we’ve only had four plant bodies from them in that time is a testament to how hard wearing they are. We were originally looking to replace our 10-year-old, 18-tonne DAF, but after a bit of TLC and a re-boarded deck it was just like having a new body, so we’ve taken the latest delivery as an addition to the fleet.”

The company also operates a 64-plate, 32-tonne Scania with a similar spec body to the new truck. All the vehicles feature Andover Trailers’ chassis-specific design, including its trademark low-profile deck, which is achieved by engineering the cross members to transect the body runners, rather than simply sitting on top.

The new plant body also features a double crank beavertail, connected to a pair of 2.5m long hydraulic power toe, knife-edged ramps. This combination creates a shallower load angle, helping to increase the variety of plant that can be carried. In addition, 10 pairs of lashing points on the deck ensure maximum load security, while a full working at height system and comprehensive LED lighting help to improve safety.

“What stands Andover Trailers apart from their competitors is the total service they deliver from start to finish – they get to know what you need as a business and offer comprehensive guidance on the build and how different chassis types will affect the body. It’s this attention to detail that has kept us coming back, you just don’t get that elsewhere,” adds Campling.

The new Scania joins a large 140-strong mixed commercial fleet across the four divisions in the group, ranging from vans through to waste collection vehicles. On the plant hire side of the business, the trucks operate out of Shorts Group’s two main depots in Milford and Ascot, mainly serving customers across Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey and the surrounding counties.

On the road five and a half days a week, the new Scania is expected to clock up between 45,000 and 50,000 miles a year. As with the company’s previous Andover Trailers plant bodies, it is expected to stay in operation for at least 10 years.

A family run business, Shorts Group started life as a timber business in 1957, soon diversifying into site clearance, demolition, agriculture and waste management, before moving into plant hire in 2015.

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For information on the heavy haulage and specialist transport solutions provided by Andover Trailers, contact Andover Trailers Ltd, Unit 75, Columbus Way, Walworth Business Park, Andover, Hampshire, SP10 5NP. Tel:  01264 358 944 or e-mail: sales@andovertrailers.co.uk   Website: www.andovertrailers.co.uk

Note to editor:  For further press information please contact Gary Baker or James Keeler on 020 8647 4467.

D.A. MACDONALD MOVES TO ANDOVER TRAILERS WITH DELIVERY OF NEW TRI-AXLE STEP FRAME

Scottish construction contractor, D.A. MacDonald, has taken delivery of its first ever Andover Trailers tri-axle step frame, selecting the Hampshire-based OEM after being impressed with the ability to tailor the build to its specific requirements.

The high-specification, bespoke-built beavertail step frame has a gross weight of 56 tonnes, making it perfectly suited to carrying the wide range of heavy construction plant D.A. MacDonald transports to civil engineering projects across Scotland.

Chris Stewart, Health, Safety Environment & Quality Manager at D.A. MacDonald, says: “We looked at a range of manufacturers for the new trailer and were certainly aware of Andover’s formidable reputation for build quality. One of the biggest contributing factors, however, was that they don’t simply sell trailers ‘off the shelf’, they gave us the flexibility to spec it exactly to our needs.”

The step frame replaces a similar competitor trailer and joins a varied commercial vehicle fleet, which includes a range of plant bodies, tippers and heavy plant. Specified with 17.5-inch wheels on BPW axles, with additional rear-lifting axle capability, the new trailer also includes multiple safety features, from slide-out wide load marker boards to strobes, safety lights and LED lighting for safer operation at night.

Andover Trailers’ beavertail design includes two 3.8m x 1m flip toe ramps with hydraulic sliding width adjustment, alongside 18 pairs of swivel, screw and fixed lashing points along the deck and low-profile neck, all designed to help accommodate a wide range of loads.

The new trailer will be pulled by D.A. MacDonald’s new Scania V8 R50 tractor unit and is expected to cover around 50,000 miles annually, staying in operation for at least eight years.

“We’re delighted with how the trailer has been performing so far, and we have no doubt that it will more than last the distance. That said, we do like to run a smart fleet, so if it needs to be replaced before then, we will certainly be looking to work with Andover Trailers again,” adds Stewart.

A family run business, D.A. MacDonald started operating in 1988, carrying out kerbing contracts and traditional stonework. The company has subsequently grown into a major civil engineering contractor, working on more than 50 hydro schemes across Scotland.

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For information on the heavy haulage and specialist transport solutions provided by Andover Trailers, contact Andover Trailers Ltd, Unit 75, Columbus Way, Walworth Business Park, Andover, Hampshire, SP10 5NP. Tel:  01264 358 944 or e-mail: sales@andovertrailers.co.uk   Website: www.andovertrailers.co.uk

Note to editor:  For further press information please contact Gary Baker or James Keeler on 020 8647 4467.

NEW PLANT BODY DELIVERED TO SOUTHERN PLANT CONTINUES 20-YEAR RELATIONSHIP WITH ANDOVER TRAILERS

Oxfordshire-based Southern Plant & Tool Hire has taken delivery of a new 32-tonne rigid truck featuring a bespoke plant body from Andover Trailers, strengthening a relationship between the two companies that stretches back more than two decades.

The new arrival is the sixth Andover build Southern Plant has taken delivery of in total. Mounted to a 32-tonne 8×2 Scania chassis, the new rigid replaces an older Andover plant body and joins a second 32-tonne Scania and a similar 26-tonne model currently in operation.

Vince Rose, Commercial Director at Southern Plant says: “Our first Andover order was based on the mountain of positive reviews we’d had about their bodies; once we’d got the first one into service, we’ve never looked back.

“Andover’s build quality is simply the best in the business. Not one of the plant bodies we’ve had delivered into the fleet over the past 20 years has missed a beat in service, no matter what we ask of them.”

As with all Andover builds, the body is precision engineered specifically to the individual truck chassis. The new rigid includes a double crank beavertail that is connected to a pair of 2.8m long hydraulic power toe ramps. The ramps feature Andover’s pioneering fold-forward design, which helps to reduce drag and deliver impressive fuel savings.

The new truck also boasts Andover Trailers’ trademark low-profile deck, achieved by designing the cross members to transect the body runners, rather than simply sitting on top.

Southern Plant specified an electric winch, rated to six tonnes, to aid loading and unloading, alongside a full working at height system. The deck includes eight lashing points as standard, with the company opting for an additional four pairs of five-tonne D-rings to increase load flexibility and security.

“Because Andover’s plant bodies can tackle any job, they bring real versatility to the fleet. We work our vehicles pretty hard and look to replace them every eight years or so – though the bodies on the back could easily last another eight and more,” adds Rose.

Operating out of the company’s Henley-on-Thames base, the new truck will be on the road five days a week, delivering excavators, telehandlers, dumpers and a range of other plant to sites across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

Established in 1988, Southern Plant provides equipment to the construction, civil engineering and building trades and is currently looking to expand its operations with plans for a new depot in Northamptonshire.

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For information on the heavy haulage and specialist transport solutions provided by Andover Trailers, contact Andover Trailers Ltd, Unit 75, Columbus Way, Walworth Business Park, Andover, Hampshire, SP10 5NP. Tel:  01264 358 944 or e-mail: sales@andovertrailers.co.uk

Note to editor:  For further press information please contact Gary Baker or James Keeler on 020 8647 4467.

FOUR MORE PLANT BODIES FROM ANDOVER TRAILERS DELIVERED INTO LONG-STANDING CUSTOMER THOMAS PLANT HIRE

Thomas Plant Hire has taken delivery of four new bespoke-built plant bodies from Andover Trailers, extending a relationship between the two companies that stretches back close to 15 years.

Each mounted to a 32-tonne 8×2 Scania chassis, the new plant bodies are additions to a 22-strong commercial vehicle fleet, which already includes seven Andover-built bodies and one tri-axle drawbar trailer. Three of the new deliveries feature a fixed, double cranked beavertail, while the fourth has a hydraulic lifting beavertail to allow it to share duties pulling the drawbar trailer with an identical rigid delivered in 2016.

Wyn Thomas, Managing Director at Thomas Plant Hire, says: “When we got our first Andover body in 2006 we quickly understood why they have such a good reputation in the industry: the build quality is fantastic, you get what you pay for, and you can be confident that it will still be going strong 10 years down the line.”

The three double cranked beavertails come with a pair of 2.7m ramps featuring Andover’s pioneering fold-forward design, which helps to deliver impressive fuel savings by reducing drag. The hydraulic beavertail connects to a slightly shorter, 2.5m pair of power-toe ramps. All four sets are hydraulically operated.

The four new bodies are otherwise largely built to the same specifications. Each features Andover Trailers’ trademark low-profile deck, which sees the cross members transect the body runners, rather than simply sitting on top. They also all include an electric winch to aid loading and unloading, with six pairs of lashing points on the deck for maximum load security and flexibility.

“The engineering that goes into Andover’s designs is what makes them stand out from the crowd. You might be able to get something that on paper does the same job, but it doesn’t take long before you realise that it’s just not up to it; our Andover bodies and drawbar handle anything we throw at them, which makes our fleet much more versatile,” adds Thomas.

The new vehicles will transport heavy plant to sites across the UK. On the road up to six days a week, the company expects them each to clock up around 150,000 km annually and to remain in operation in the fleet for between five to six years.

A family run business, Thomas Plant Hire was established in 2000 and offers a full range of plant hire related services, including site delivery and access to trained, licensed operators.

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For information on the heavy haulage and specialist transport solutions provided by Andover Trailers, contact Andover Trailers Ltd, Unit 75, Columbus Way, Walworth Business Park, Andover, Hampshire, SP10 5NP. Tel:  01264 358 944 or e-mail: sales@andovertrailers.co.uk   Website: www.andovertrailers.co.uk

Note to editor:  For further press information please contact Gary Baker or James Keeler on 020 8647 4467.

NEW ARRIVALS HATCH A PLAN TO PREVENT IVA VIDEO TESTING AT ANDOVER TRAILERS

After being chosen as the first UK trailer manufacturer to trial the DVSA’s new IVA video testing procedure, Andover Trailers has now successfully completed four tests, with a fifth put on hold after the discovery of a family of robins nesting beneath the plant body deck.

Set to be delivered to Paragon Tool Hire, the 32-tonne Volvo FM 8×2 rigid features both Andover Trailers’ pioneering fold flat ramps and its trademark low-profile deck, which seemingly also doubles as a solid and secure nesting site.

Harry Scarffe, Manager at Paragon Tool Hire says: “As reasons go for delaying the delivery of a new vehicle to our fleet, this is certainly a new one! We were delighted to hear that the IVA tests were now able to take place, but after hearing about the nest our first thought was of course to ensure any new chicks were kept safe and sound; we all agreed that the test can wait.”

The discovery was made whilst Andover was prepping the truck for the company’s latest IVA test. Using Microsoft Teams and a smartphone, a member of staff at Andover is able to walk through the entire test, evidencing safety compliance, confirming all dimensions and showcasing the company’s celebrated build quality to the DVSA representatives as if they were on site.

Tim Wright, Managing Director at Andover Trailers says: “It was vital for us as a business to get the IVA testing moving again, particularly on the completed trailers and plant bodies we have sitting in our yard. What we didn’t plan for was a family of robins moving in! Though it has put a much-needed smile on all our faces.”

With Paragon Tool Hire’s plant body remaining off limits, Andover is still able to carry out at least one test per day, which roughly matches the number of tests the DVSA would expect to complete from its single fortnightly visit to the site.

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For information on the heavy haulage and specialist transport solutions provided by Andover Trailers, contact Andover Trailers Ltd, Unit 75, Columbus Way, Walworth Business Park, Andover, Hampshire, SP10 5NP. Tel:  01264 358 944 or e-mail: sales@andovertrailers.co.uk   Website: www.andovertrailers.co.uk

Note to editor:  For further press information please contact Gary Baker or James Keeler on 020 8647 4467.

A MESSAGE FROM ANDOVER TRAILERS REGARDING COVID-19

These are unprecedented times for our industry – and the UK as a whole. Everyone at Andover Trailers would like to take this opportunity to reassure our customers that as much as is possible, it is ‘business as usual’ for us.

We are, of course, strictly adhering to all Government advice on hygiene and working practices and are ready and willing to alter that approach in line with any changes in the future. We have taken all necessary precautions to protect our staff and any visitors to our facilities so that they feel safe, and have ensured that all staff are constantly updated with any new information as it becomes available. Everyone on site is acutely aware of the need for the highest hygiene standards.

As we all try to work our way though this testing time, we want to offer our support for anyone who has been affected by the Coronavirus.

NEW ANDOVER TRAILERS DRAWBAR COMBINATION OFFERS VERSATILE SOLUTION FOR FAROL

Agricultural plant specialist Farol has continued its long-standing relationship with Andover Trailers, taking delivery of a new ultra-versatile drawbar combination to help move a variety of plant and machinery across the UK.

The bespoke-built Andover plant body, mounted to a new Scania G450B 8×2 chassis, works in tandem with a tri-axle drawbar trailer to combine impressive payload capacity with innovative loading options that competitor builds are unable to match.

Matthew Vellacott, Managing Director at Farol, says: “We’ve been specifying Andover bodies and trailers since the ‘90s, which underlines how highly we rate their products. The combination of unbeatable build quality and an innovative approach to design truly sets them apart from the competition and keeps us coming back.”

A new addition to Farol’s 20-strong commercial vehicle and trailer fleet, the drawbar combination joins three other trucks featuring Andover plant bodies, plus two drawbar trailers and one low loader, all currently in operation with Farol or its sister company, Helpful Hirings.

Andover’s innovative approach includes a hydraulic beavertail and the company’s pioneering fold-forward ramps, which combined offer a flat load bed, providing maximum deck space on the truck when coupled or when operating without the trailer. When folded, the ramps also keep wind resistance to a minimum, which in turn helps to reduce fuel consumption.

Because of Andover’s specialist ramp design, the plant body can be through-loaded via the trailer, without having to uncouple the two – a unique feature that helps to dramatically reduce loading and unloading times.

With a payload capacity of up to 18 tonnes, the trailer also features Andover’s fold-forward, knife-edged flip toe ramps, providing a shallow loading angle for low ground clearance machines. Eight additional five-tonne D-ring lashing points have been included to allow for a wider range of loads, alongside extra LED lighting on both the plant body and trailer for added safety.

For maximum versatility, an electric winch and a front mounted 48.5-tonne/m Fassi crane, capable of lifting 2.66-tonnes at 14.6 metres, have been included on the plant body to help with loading and unloading. The drawbar combination will carry a range of John Deere farm machinery and golf and turf equipment, Kramer telehandlers, Yanmar excavators and a host of other cultivation and haymaking machinery to customers across the UK.

“When it comes to working with Andover Trailers, what we really appreciate is the effort the team puts in to both understand our specific requirements and how best to deliver them. They also keep us in the loop from start to finish on the progress of the build, meaning we can accurately plan for the vehicle’s entry into service,” adds Vellacott.

Expected to clock up between 80,000 to 100,000 km per year, the new combination should remain in service for eight to 10 years.

Established as a family business in 1976, and still family-owned today, Farol operates from eight depots across the Midlands down to the South coast. Working in the agricultural, ground care and garden sectors, the company is an official dealer for John Deere.

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For information on the heavy haulage and specialist transport solutions provided by Andover Trailers, contact Andover Trailers Ltd, Unit 75, Columbus Way, Walworth Business Park, Andover, Hampshire, SP10 5NP. Tel:  01264 358 944 or e-mail: sales@andovertrailers.co.uk   Website: www.andovertrailers.co.uk

Note to editor:  For further press information please contact Gary Baker or James Keeler on 020 8647 4467.

WARD PLANE STEPS UP TO NEW HEAVY-DUTY DRAWBAR FROM ANDOVER TRAILERS

Yorkshire-based road planing business, Ward Plane, has taken delivery of two new specialist drawbars from Andover Trailers, after years of impeccable performance from its first pair of Andover-builds which entered service more than a decade ago.

For the first time, Ward Plane has deviated from the tried and tested light-weight trailers it first specified in 2008, opting to take advantage of Andover’s bespoke design approach to develop a heavy-weight version, which offers greater versatility in the loads it can carry. This new trailer has entered the fleet alongside a new light-weight model, both built to order.

Mark Ward, Director at Ward Plane, explains: “From our first conversation with Andover 11 years ago it was clear they understood the specific requirements for the planers we transport, and the two trailers we received were obviously built to last.

“When it came to these new builds, we wanted to explore a more heavy-duty alternative for one of the units. The team at Andover were more than happy to work with us on the new design, and the result is a trailer that will have a huge impact on our operation – it’s this level of service that’s tough to match in the industry.”

The heavy-duty drawbar boasts a 6m deck with a 1.4m beavertail and has a payload capacity of 18 tonnes. The trailer includes a number of features designed to improve operational efficiency, without impeding performance. The front SAF axle has been fitted with hydraulic lifting capability, which helps to lower tyre wear when running empty or partially loaded, while the 1.2m full-width ramps have an expanded steel mesh covering to help reduce wind drag.

As part of the design, Andover also built in additional strength throughout the centre of the trailer for the specific point loads of Ward Plane’s three-wheeled machinery, allowing the company to carry various combinations of planers, paving machines and road rollers to sites nationwide.

“We have specified heavier trailers from competitor manufacturers in the past, but they simply weren’t up to the job and it wasn’t long before the cracks started to show – quite literally. With the ability to specify exactly what we needed, we’ve now got a trailer capable of handling anything we want it to, for years to come,” adds Ward.

Ward Plane’s new light-weight trailer is the same model as its previous two Andover-builds, one of which is still in operation in the company’s five-strong trailer fleet. Designed specifically for Wirtgen W100 and W120 planers, the ‘simple’ design features three fixed axles, a 5.5m deck and beavertail, with 1m alloy rear ramps. The lack of hydraulics in the design, combined with Andover’s light-weight steel construction techniques, produces a payload capacity of close to 20.5 tonnes.

Both new drawbars will operate from Ward Plane’s Keighley base and are expected to stay in the fleet for at least 10 years. They will be towed either by the company’s tipper or hook loader trucks, delivering road surfacing equipment to sites primarily in the north of England, but with the capacity to travel across the UK.

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For information on the heavy haulage and specialist transport solutions provided by Andover Trailers, contact Andover Trailers Ltd, Unit 75, Columbus Way, Walworth Business Park, Andover, Hampshire, SP10 5NP. Tel:  01264 358 944 or e-mail: sales@andovertrailers.co.uk   Website: www.andovertrailers.co.uk

Note to editor:  For further press information please contact Gary Baker or James Keeler on 020 8647 4467.

NEW ANDOVER TRAILERS PLANT BODY A PERFECT MATCH FOR SYNERGY HIRE

Synergy Hire – a new plant hire company operating out of Letchworth – has taken delivery of its first brand new 32-tonne truck, featuring a bespoke-built plant body from Andover Trailers.

The new 8×2 Volvo FM450 rigid joins two similar used trucks in the Synergy Hire fleet, which were specifically chosen because they too came complete with Andover bodies.

John Fitzpatrick, Director at Synergy Hire, says: “Though we’re a new business, the team we have in place are certainly not new to the industry. Collectively we’ve got decades of experience, so to ensure total confidence in the reliability of the vehicles we brought in from the outset, we knew Andover Trailers was the only option – putting it simply, their bodies just don’t break.

“I’ve been specifying Andover builds for more than 20 years, so I was never going to look anywhere else. The build quality is so good that when it comes to selling these assets on in years to come, the bodies will likely be worth more than the trucks they’re sitting on.”

The new plant body includes a double crank beavertail connected to a pair of 3.3m long hydraulic power toe, knife-edged ramps, built with Andover’s pioneering fold-forward design. These help to reduce drag and deliver impressive fuel savings, allowing Synergy Hire to reduce the carbon footprint of its fleet.

Precision designed to each specific chassis, the new body features Andover Trailers’ trademark low-profile deck, which is achieved by engineering the cross members to transect the body runners, rather than simply sitting on top. The new truck also benefits from a full working at height system, as well as an electric winch rated to six tonnes to aid loading and unloading. Eight pairs of lashing points on the deck ensure maximum load security and flexibility.

“We’re looking to quickly establish ourselves and plans are in place to open four new depots across the country. Each new site will have three or four rigids in its fleet and because we need to ensure that we have the right tools for the job in place, we’ll be specifying Andover bodies for all of them,” adds Fitzpatrick.

The new vehicle will remain in operation for around seven years and will deliver plant to sites across the country six days a week, clocking up around 200,000 kilometres per year.

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For information on the heavy haulage and specialist transport solutions provided by Andover Trailers, contact Andover Trailers Ltd, Unit 75, Columbus Way, Walworth Business Park, Andover, Hampshire, SP10 5NP. Tel:  01264 358 944 or e-mail: sales@andovertrailers.co.uk   Website: www.andovertrailers.co.uk

Note to editor:  For further press information please contact Gary Baker or James Keeler on 020 8647 4467.