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Arends Trailers delivers lightweight and efficient livestock transport technology, while supporting Australian industry, thanks to a long-term partnership with aluminium sheet and extrusion supplier, Capral.

Based in Murray Bridge, South Australia, Arends Trailers is a specialist aluminium livestock crate/trailer engineering designer and manufacturer. Manager, Paul Arends, is proud to deliver progressive and innovative engineering and design solutions and despite concerted ‘push-backs’ and dismissiveness from parts of the industry for many years, the tide has turned.

“We have been booked up solidly with orders for new equipment for some time now,” Paul says. “Arends Trailers is leading the way in Performance-Based Standards (PBS) design for livestock trailers and we have completed several unique combinations including a 48’ two-deck cattle semi-trailer, a 30m A-double and three unique PBS 20m truck and dog combinations. We are currently working on other new combinations including a 26m A double.

Arends Trailers, according to Paul, has benefited from a strong, continuous partnership with Capral spanning 16 years.

“Capral provides us with exclusive dies and sheet aluminium,” he says. “These materials are used extensively throughout all our crates and trailers. We have been supported by Capral and in particular our Account Manager, Scott Cozens, the entire time we have been in business. Our relationship with Scott has been critical to our success. Scott is a star and has always taken a genuine interest in the progression and success of Arends Trailers. He has taken care to understand our particular industry and unique business needs.”

Across Arends Trailers’ range, Capral products enable the design and build of lighter trailers and crates. A B-double manufactured using Capral Aluminium products for example would be about three or four tonnes lighter than a traditional steel B-double.

“Aluminium also allows us to build a more aerodynamic vehicle, reducing wind drag and improving fuel efficiency,” Paul says. “The benefits of lighter weight allows for increased payload and a sleeker, more aerodynamic body which add up to significant cost benefits. Business-smart operators do the sums and cannot deny that an Arends Trailers trailer is the superior choice for modern livestock transportation. One customer calculated that he saved 400 litres of diesel per week on his set runs with his Arends Trailers aluminium B-double.”

Aluminium, Paul adds, is more durable and able to withstand corrosion from animal effluent.

“Aluminium internal floors in an Arends Trailers design are lighter than traditional steel floors and significantly easier for the driver to manoeuvre,” he says. “This aids in the safe, smooth and efficient loading and unloading of animals. Also, the modern, clean, flat-sided nature of Arends Trailers aluminium crates allow for creative livery and space for a carrier to promote their business and raises the bar in terms of improved public perception of livestock transportation.”

Paul says a recent Arends Trailer build featuring Capral materials was a three-deck pig aluminium B-double (chassis excepted) for Marleys Transport WA following a request to design a ‘less-stress’ experience for the animals during loading and unloading.

“The crate features large dividing pen gates and all foldaway floors which work to open the crate wide, reducing the prevalence of tricky corners and encouraging the smooth flow of animals on and off the vehicle,” he says. “An air operated roof also benefits the animals health and safety. Marleys are very happy with their new proto-crate and we continue to work with them to refine their design.”

Fast Fact
Capral’s Angaston Mill is local and able to provide fast turnaround on materials for Arends Trailers. Meanwhile, the Campbellfield Mill extrudes large shapes at long lengths, providing the trailer builder with lengths of up to 14.6 metres for its 48’ two-deck Performance-Based Standards (PBS) cattle semi-trailer.

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