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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

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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.

BETTER BUILD QUALITY FROM ANDOVER TRAILERS A SURE THING AS NAP GRAB HIRE TAKES DELIVERY OF NEW FIVE-AXLE STEP FRAME

Oxfordshire-based NAP Grab Hire has taken delivery of its very first Andover Trailers step frame, citing the company’s reputation for “bullet proof” build quality as the driving force behind the decision.

The new bespoke built 85-tonne gross weight five-axle extending step frame will primarily be used to transport heavy-duty crushers and screeners to sites around the UK. A new addition to NAP Grab Hire’s trailer fleet, it joins five other smaller step frames built by a competitor OEM.

Neil Parker, Director at NAP Grab Hire, says: “We knew we were going to use someone else to build such a major new addition. Everyone in the industry knows you get bullet proof build quality from Andover, so we naturally turned to them.

“During the process our driver was also able to work closely with Andover’s design team to tailor some elements to how he wanted them; that’s something you don’t really find anywhere else. This combination of quality and customer service has certainly set Andover apart.”

The 14.95m step frame can extend by a further 2.5m in order to accommodate longer machines – ensuring maximum flexibility for NAP Grab Hire. Extending via two outer box beams, the trailer offers higher strength precisely where it is required, supporting the heavy machinery directly under the tracks.

Of the five 12-tonne rated BPW axles, three are fixed, two feature self-tracking steering, while the rear axle can also be lifted from the truck’s cab. BPW air suspension with raise/lower control is also fitted and can be used to lower the trailer for loading and unloading.

The new addition comes equipped with a low-profile neck and Andover Trailers’ heavy-duty hydraulic power toe ramps, which provide a low loading angle, alongside four hydraulic steady legs that guarantee a stable loading platform. The trailer also benefits from galvanised side extensions, plus a convenient storage compartment for the side-extension timbers in the centre of the deck.

The step frame features all round LED lighting for optimum visibility, while steel underlays have been installed to the beavertail and ramps to extend the life of the flooring timber. For load security, the trailer features four fixed D-rings on the neck and four pairs of screw-in lashing points along the deck, offering enough versatility for a range of different load types.

Pulled by one of NAP Grab Hire’s fleet of three 6×4 Scania tractor units, the trailer will be on the road five days a week, clocking up between 70,000 and 80,000 miles a year. The company expects the new addition to stay in operation for up to 15 years.

NAP Grab Hire has been providing aggregate, waste removal, grab and tipper hire, heavy haulage and volumetric mixer services from its Abingdon base to customers across the UK and into Europe for more than 20 years.

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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.

TOMATO PLANT SOURCES NEW TRUCK BODIES FROM ANDOVER TRAILERS

Specialist haulier, Tomato Plant, has taken delivery of four new bespoke-built plant bodies from Andover Trailers, renewing its rigid truck fleet in a move designed to future-proof it against the new ULEZ regulations.

The new 32-tonne 8×2 Volvo FM500 rigid trucks – which were purchased through commercial vehicle dealer MC Truck and Bus – join Tomato Plant’s other Andover build, a 2011 8×2 Volvo plant body and drawbar combination, which was the company’s very first vehicle.

Keith Williams, Owner of Tomato Plant, says: “When we were purchasing our first drawbar combination it was MC Truck and Bus that recommended Andover Trailers – and we were suitably impressed. Since then we’ve also taken some vehicles with competitor bodies and they simply haven’t stood the test of time. Our original Andover build is still going strong, so when it came time to implement our fleet renewal plan, we had to go back to the best.”

The new trucks each feature Andover Trailers’ trademark low-profile deck, which sees the cross members transect the body runners, rather than simply sitting on top. Each body includes a double crank beavertail that is connected to a pair of 3.3m long hydraulic power toe, knife-edged ramps, built with Andover’s pioneering fold-forward design to deliver impressive fuel savings by reducing drag.

Elsewhere, each truck benefits from a full working at height system – an extra safety feature that has become a requirement for many of the sites Tomato Plant delivers to. The bodies also include a hydraulic winch to aid loading and unloading and eight pairs of lashing points on the deck for maximum load security and flexibility.

As a long-standing Volvo user, Tomato Plant was impressed at how Andover Trailers designs, and precision engineers, each body to the individual truck chassis, finishing each in the company’s bold red livery.

“We take great pride in the way our fleet looks – we want all of our vehicles to stand out on the road and look good for our drivers. What we love about our original Andover is that the paintwork still looks fantastic, even after eight years in operation. Combine that with the impeccable build quality and you’ve got a truck the drivers really enjoy driving,” adds Williams

The vehicles will predominantly be working in central London, but they will also be called to jobs across the UK. Each of the trucks will be on the road five days a week and clock up between 60,000 and 70,000 km per year.

Tomato Plant began operations in 2010 as a plant haulage firm and has since expanded to include a tanker fleet, plus a drainage and CCTV division.

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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.