Trailer manufacturer delivers Primark fleet in record time

From left: Samantha Hardy (Wincanton), Ant Franks, Stephen Pollock, Darren Wesby (Finch Signs), Oliver Hammond (Tiger Trailers)

A Cheshire trailer manufacturer worked round the clock to deliver 40 new units for retail giant Primark, and has been rewarded with an order for more by the retailer.

Tiger Trailers, based in Winsford, won the initial order in partnership with road transport provider Wincanton.

The firm designed, manufactured, and released 40 articulated box van trailers for Primark in just three months, which it said is an impressive achievement against the current global backdrop of long lead times and supply chain challenges.

Primark’s network transport manager, Ant Franks, worked closely with Tiger Trailers’ business development director, Stephen Pollock.

Ant Franks said: “We are pleased to partner with Tiger Trailers and Wincanton to support our significant UK logistics operation. Working together, we maintained service throughout our UK network while bringing in this new fleet in a timely manner, in difficult market conditions, to allow a seamless transition in providers.”

To enable Primark’s first batch of new trailers to get to work by February 2022, just a few months after its first contact with Tiger, the Cheshire manufacturer’s production teams and lines worked tirelessly, helped by its nightshift operation which has now been running for more than a year.

The livery was applied by Finch Signs, a business local to Primark’s Islip distribution centre.

Steve Pollock said: “It’s been an absolute pleasure to work closely with Ant and the teams at Primark and Wincanton in delivering their expediently required assets in record time. We’re proud of the 40 initial box vans Tiger has manufactured and we’re excited about continuing to support Primark for many years to come, starting with the next batches of trailers ordered for later this year and into 2023.”

Following Primark’s initial order of 40 Tiger Trailers box vans, the retailer has placed orders for more than 40 additional trailers, scheduled for manufacture during the fourth quarter of 2022 into the first quarter of 2023.

Primark currently serves its UK store network from two distribution centres and a number of out bases, with its newest depot based in Islip, Northamptonshire, which has 1.1 million sq ft of space and is where Primark’s new Tiger trailer fleet and tractors are a familiar sight.