Although MonoPan has been introduced to the European body building market over a decade ago; TCT has just brought the technology to the local market. The Australian-owned company has the exclusive right to supply the MonoPan sandwich panel system in Australia, South East Asia, New Zealand and South Africa.
“MonoPan is 100% recyclable and energy efficient to manufacture. Providing not only peace of mind to operators worried about satisfying regulations, it is also good for the planet,” explains TCT’s Managing Director, Alan Bowden.
MonoPan, the company’s green flagship, is a unique lightweight, thermoplastic composite sandwich panel. “It’s ideal for body wall and roof panels, and to replace heavy rear swing doors and internal divider panels,” Alan explains. “It requires less energy to manufacture than other kinds of panels. The total energy saved during the panel production process is 50 GJ for the 35m2 of panel used in a typical small rigid van.”
MonoPan, though, does not only protect the environment, it can also achieve significant tare weight savings. “The reduced tare weight implies significant fuel saving in terms of volume loads; and increased payload in terms of weight loads,” Alan says. “This results in an increase in potential payload of around 50 percent and fuel savings of as much as 0.3L/ 100km per 100kg.
“For a typical urban delivery truck fitted with a MonoPan rigid body, a five-year service life and travelling 350,000 kilometres, this can result in a fuel saving efficiency of approximately 52,000 litres, plus a significant decrease in emissions,” says Alan.
In terms of maintenance, MonoPan involves less attention and repair cost. “It takes up to three hours to repair a MonoPan body, whilst it requires a minimum of two days to fix a body using FRP ply or aluminium. Furthermore, it takes less than two days with two unskilled workers to build a body with MonoPan,” Alan says.
”Builders are constantly telling us that it’s easy to fabricate, with no metal trade experience required, thereby keeping labour cost down. At the end of the day, these faster build times are resulting in a more efficient production. In addition, their customers, the most important people in the whole chain, are satisfied that they are getting a better product with significant improvements,” says Alan.