The History of Tiger Trailers

We believe the Cartwright family’s manufacturing heritage has played a major role in the culture and approach instilled at Tiger Trailers today.

Alan Cartwright, the much-loved father of John and Steven, began building timber-framed vehicle bodies in 1952, alongside his father, Stanley Cartwright, under the name S. Cartwright & Sons.

Based out of a small barn, Alan and Stanley’s company quickly grew, and by the late-1950s had moved to a dedicated factory in Altrincham. Over the successive decades Alan, along with his brother Peter, expanded the company across several sites in the area.

John and Steven joined the business in 1983 and 1984 respectively, and for nearly 30 years continued to help build the company into a major UK manufacturer, attracting orders from a wealth of recognised names in retail, parcel delivery and the haulage industries.

Leaving the family business in 2014, John and Steven founded Tiger Trailers, with a vision to create the most advanced trailer and bodywork manufacturing facility in the UK.

Tiger Timeline

 

2014

April
Tiger Trailers moves into its new factory in Winsford, Cheshire. The five-acre site, previously a distribution centre, was transformed into the modern manufacturing facility that our customers see today.

May
Tiger’s Apprenticeship Scheme, developed alongside Mid-Cheshire College, is established.

June
Tiger welcomes the first members of its production staff.

August
Production begins.

October
The first trailers roll off the production line for CM Downton.

December
Tiger’s first double deck trailers are delivered to B&M.

2015

March
After a successful trial, Tiger supplies its innovative double deck wedge trailer into AO.com’s fleet. Able to accommodate double stacked white goods on both decks, it’s an industry first.

July
Tiger produces its first longer semi-trailers for W. E. Rawson.

August
Tiger delivers its first rigid body for TNT.

October
With 150 employees and more than 1,000 trailers and bodies on the road, Tiger Trailers celebrates its one-year manufacturing anniversary.

2016

September
Tiger increases its apprentice intake, with more than 30 apprentices based out of the Winsford factory.

November
Tiger releases the UK’s first 52-pallet capacity moving deck double deck trailer.

2017

February
Tiger 24/7 is launched, providing a dedicated aftersales service.

April
Tiger Trailers unveils plans for the UK’s most advanced trailer and commercial vehicle body manufacturing facility, due to open in 2019.

July
Tiger Trailers’ patented double deck trailer design for AO.com is shortlisted for the Innovation category at the MT Awards 2017.

2018

February
Tiger Trailers joins the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, following an invitation from Antoinette Sandbach MP and Northern Powerhouse Minister, Jake Berry.

March
Tiger finishes the installation of its first ‘Tiger Trailers Deck PodTM’ – a specialist double deck loading solution.

June
Work begins on Tiger’s new factory, a stone’s throw away from the company’s current facility.

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