Today, there are over 200,000 automobile transport trailers in service globally delivering over ninety-five million new vehicles annually, all spending nearly half of their time driving back empty. This equates to over an estimated $100 billion annually wasted on inefficient transport costs, and approximately twenty billion kilograms of needless CO2 emissions every year.
CTM WW has designed a trailer that can transport a full load of general freight, and not just automobiles. This innovative piece of equipment is called the Convertible Trailer.
After experimenting with modifications to existing auto carrier equipment, and after seven months of design work, the production drawings of the first "Convertible Trailer" were ready. The manufacturing was completed shortly afterward and the first trailer was on the road by the latter part of 1999.
It was immediately apparent that the concept was valid as the first trailer never experienced an empty run once the proper freight was sourced for each respective route. CTM WW immediately went on to build the second generation of Convertible Trailers while evolving its design to further improve safety, functionalities, usability and efficiency. The subsequent generation was improved even further to include additional hydraulic functions reducing manual operations. Today, the equipment is fully hydraulic with minimum manual functions and can be utilized much like any commercial conventional auto carrier on the road today.
CTM WW continued to haul vehicles into the US and was able to successfully transport over 5000 loads and logged over 5,000,000 kms on the "Convertible Trailer" units. As a result of using these trailers, the percentage of empty miles was reduced from 37% to 2% within one year. This immediately translated to more than $7,000 of additional revenue realized Per Truck, Per Month!