BTE’s high strength solution

Unimpressed with the performance of their current transport equipment, Dandenong-based concrete company Vic Mix decided to give the company fleet a little twist. But, it’s not just the paint job that will cause a stir in the industry. Bulk Transport Equipment (BTE) helped set the benchmark by creating a new kind of tipping semi.

“Whilst this is the first new trailer BTE has manufactured for Vic Mix, our relationship has been a longstanding association where we have provided hydraulic fitment, tanker repairs and undertaken service and repairs on the company’ s existing fleet of trailers to keep the Vic Mix fleet on the road,” says BTE’s director, Alan Griffiths.

Operating out of Seaford, BTE has gained a reputation for superior build quality and flexible service to support the country’s bulk transport industry. Specialising in the design and manufacturing of high-quality trailers, Victoria’s boutique brand is able to build custom-tailored equipment, tipping trucks, dog trailers, semi-tippers, B-doubles, as well as side tippers and state-of-the-art walking floor trailers.

It is that diversity that has caught Vic Mix’s attention in the first place. “We got together with Alan and discussed the best material for us to use and the best way to construct it,” says David Smith, Vic Mix’s Transport & Freight Manager, who was enamoured with the idea of creating a bright pink semi-tipper.

“The colour obviously stands out, which has been great as people keep recognising us on the road. But, that’s just a small part of why we chose BTE to design this trailer. First of all, we wanted a vehicle that would utilise all the latest technology in trailer design, including lighter tare weight chassis construction and a high level of build quality that comes out of BTE – including some nice finishing touches and refinements,” he adds. “And, BTE was able to tailor a vehicle exactly to our needs.”

Providing “service like it used to be”, BTE as most companies strive to, put a premium on satisfying its clientele. According to Alan, the transport marketplace in the last few years has demanded reduced tare weight and increased versatility from its equipment, and BTE’s engineering team has openly embraced that change.

“Transport operators want to run a trailer with the lightest tare weight possible, so that they can maximise their payload but still retain some reasonable operational life,” he explains. “The introduction of PBS, for instance, has seen some significant efficiency gains and driven some clever and innovative improvements through our company. In some cases trailers are now carrying up to 15 per cent more weight than they were prior to the introduction of PBS.

“BTE has already developed several PBS combinations which allow customers to take advantage of the new regulations,” he adds. “But, we have also continued to develop our high strength bodies and frame designs not only to carry the heavier weights but to ensure we keep at abreast of the latest materials and processes.”

While BTE strives to provide its clients with a high level of service and support, Alan believes the most important step in the process is to ascertain the intended use of the equipment. “We are prepared to take the time to review our customers operation,” Alan adds. “So we are confident putting forward our proposal and delivering equipment which really meets the purpose. That’s why we monitor the industry as a whole and try to predict future requirements, which allows us to make changes to our designs on an ongoing basis.

“Over the next 12 months we plan to have BTE build a new body which will be fitted to our existing chassis,” says David. “Aside from that, we’ll probably order another two semi-tippers over the next two years.

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