It all comes down to how many people you are employing on the job, according to Bill Pawluk, who estimates that it takes 800-1,000 man-hours to build one piece of trailer equipment. As with any manufacturer, plant layout and tooling also play a big role in trailer-making. Given its relatively small scale, investments can be difficult for manufacturers as they often lack scale, adds Pawluk.
Following several months of development, the companies began trials in November of the prototype 53-foot NA Hi-Mount Convertible Trailer, which is based on CTM’s patented proprietary design of car carrying trailers that can be converted either partially or fully into flatbeds to carry other cargo. They now plan to produce further units at CBI’s assembly facility in Linden, Alberta.
The IPIC conference, now in its fourth year, was launched with the goal of reaching a more sustainable and hyperconnected era of logistics, supply chains and transportation across the globe. The IPIC Venture Award recognizes pioneers relating directly to the application of this initiative who are developing smart transportation solutions and improving logistics efficiency.
The Product Innovation award was won by Convertible Trailer Manufacturing WorldWide. CTM is a company that was built on the simple idea of improving automotive logistics through the use of improved hardware and a convertible solution. CTM’s Convertible Trailer converts from a conventional auto hauler to a versatile flatbed in minutes.
According to Bill Pawluk, chief executive of Convertible Trailers Manufacturers (CTM), a company that has patented a design for car carrying trailers that convert to flatbeds, the sector needs to rethink its network if it wants to kick “a 100-year bad habit”.
Comprehensive transport legislation signed last week in the US includes an amendment to rules governing the trucking sector that will allow greater flexibility in the use of vehicle transporters.
Convertible Trailer Manufacturing Worldwide Ltd. (CTM WW) has signed a three-year agreement with INFORM GmbH, a German software development company.
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