Trailer Magazine

Metal as anything

  • From the February 2020 issue.
Metal as anything

Capral Aluminium has made the purchase of extruded shapes and transport specific alloys, along with sheet and plate products, more convenient for original equipment manufacturers with its first-to-market e-commerce store.

The construction of trailers, tippers, refrigerated vans, Pantechs, specialised vehicles, buses and ute bodies in Australia demands high quality metal materials. To best serve Australia’s diverse road transport scene, aluminium specialist, Capral, produces and distributes its products nationwide.

Trailer and body builders across the country often requisition the services of Capral to machine aluminium sheet and plate products to specification. As an Australian supplier, National Marketing Manager, Nick Stavrou, understands the importance of ensuring short lead times to facilitate smooth running operations.

“Our services can be scaled to accommodate any operation from small family business to larger corporations,” he says. “Capral has the warehouse space and the distribution capabilities to add considerable value to Australia’s most prominent original equipment manufacturers.”

Mark explains that extrusions can be manufactured – with fast lead times – up to 17 metres in length and 400mm CCD on Australia’s largest 12” press, while sheet and plate products are carried ex stock up to 2.2 metres wide and 12.8 metres long.

“Capral’s philosophy is that wherever a customer is operating, they should feel like the Capral Aluminium one-stop shop is operating right next door,” Nick says. “Capral has the national reach to assign business managers to key accounts. Our business managers work closely with Australian manufacturers so that they receive the best value. Over time, our business managers can build models based on historical consumption data to make sure that clients always have the equipment capacity to manufacture and supply materials to satisfy demand.”

Doubling down on its commitment to providing exceptional customer service, Capral has established an online store to make the purchase and procurement process simpler and easier.

“Capral has developed an online ordering service, the ‘Capral E-Store’, to provide a simple way to request products at all hours of the day,” Nick says. “The convenience of online shopping is now available for Capral’s core range of aluminium sheet, plate and extrusion products. There is no minimum order, so customers can complete an entire purchase on our easy-to-use online store, with all prices outlined clearly to ensure complete transparency.”
The combination of Australian warehouses, three-shift packing and instant online ordering service means Capral’s customers do not have to carry as much stock on hand according to Nick.

“To maximise inventory space for trailer and body builders, Capral can deliver orders where and when they are needed,” he says.

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