There’s a common held belief that the UK doesn’t build anything these days, but a visit to the privately-owned Cartwright Group’s 38-acre site in Altrincham soon dispels that myth.
The bodybuilder, which is one of the most respected players in a thriving British trailer making industry, is currently reaping the benefits of a major expansion programme, having spent £1.8m on a new facility to build temperature controlled trailers and rigid bodies. Key parts of the new plant include state-of-the-art vacuum presses and gluing machines.
Cartwright has decades of experience in bodybuilding, starting off in 1952 with wooden framed rigid bodies before adding trailer manufacturing to its repertoire in the late 1970s. Today, its trailer portfolio covers most types from skeletal container trailers to double-deck and multi-deck curtainsiders, with the temperature controlled market a key target area. Although having a full range of standard models, Cartwright is just as happy to build custom designs for any application. It also has a thriving conversion department, where it produces vehicles as diverse as ambulances and mobile welfare units.
The company’s slogan “Better. Built in Britain” is reinforced with a distinctive Union flag on its logo.