CASE STUDY: GREGORY DISTRIBUTION

Fixed but flexible – Tiger double decks offer perfect solution

Established in 1919, South West-based Gregory Distribution serves more than 400 customers, ranging from local companies to large, multi-national organisations with a commercial fleet comprised of more than 2,000 vehicles – featuring several unique additions from Tiger Trailers.

Tiger was chosen by the company to develop two new fixed deck double deck curtainsiders that can operate as either a single or a double deck unit – the first trailers of this type to join Gregory Distribution’s commercial vehicle fleet.

Each 13.7m tri-axle straight frame curtainsider has been designed so that the fixed deck can be easily unbolted and removed, affording Gregory Distribution maximum flexibility for its operations – and allowing it to transport a huge range of potential loads.

Gregory Distribution turned to Tiger for the new removable double decks after it demonstrated its forward-thinking approach to trailer design with the development of one of the industry’s first pillarless chipliner trailers, which it built for the company in 2015.

Dan Saunders, Technical Support Manager at Gregory Distribution, says: “The versatility of a removable deck was a really important factor in the design; following the success of the chipliner, we knew we could rely on Tiger to meet the challenge.

“We worked really closely with the design team to ensure they understood how we intended to use the load space – the trailers matched the brief perfectly and the entire process was seamless.”

The new removable double decks feature a front aerofoil and rear roof scoop that improve aerodynamics and fuel efficiency – key attributes when considering each trailer will be on the road seven days a week, travelling up to 156,000km a year.

The two new additions join 12 other Tiger trailers already in operation with Gregory Distribution – a mixture of single and fixed double deck variants – and will stay in the fleet for 10 years.

Steven Cartwright, Joint Managing Director at Tiger Trailers, says: “It’s great that we’ve been able to demonstrate our innovative design and manufacturing skills with some of the trailers delivered into the Gregory Distribution fleet. We’re looking forward to building a lasting relationship with them and will step up to any challenge they set us in the future!”

 

  • “We worked really closely with the design team to ensure they understood how we intended to use the load space – the trailers matched the brief perfectly and the entire process was seamless.”

    Dan Saunders, Technical Support Manager at Gregory Distribution

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The removable fixed deck offers maximum load flexibility for Gregory Distribution’s varied operational requirements.


Gregory Distribution took its first delivery of Tiger-built single deck curtainsiders in 2015.


Scottish firm Hayton Coulthard is part of the Gregory Group of companies and is also a Tiger customer.

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