‘FULL HOUSE’ AS BOUGHTON COMPLETES WHOLE VEHICLE TYPE APPROVAL PROGRAMME
Boughton Engineering has completed its Whole Vehicle Type Approval programme for all its mainstream ‘carrier’ chassis types – including DAF, Mercedes-Benz, Renault, Scania and Volvo. Approvals cover both hook loaders and skip loaders and for operating weights of 18 to 32 tonnes GVW. Remaining carrier chassis types will be completed by the turn of the year.
Whole Vehicle Type Approval requires a range of body fitting and equipment compliance, including side guards, rear under-run protection, coupling systems where fitted and other safety features.
Skan Group Sales & Marketing Director, Steve Price, says: “The conduct of this process has really underlined the added value of Boughton’s in-house and UK-based engineering capability. We have some first class engineers who have worked on this programme and we have been able to resolve any issues quickly and effectively, working in close collaboration with chassis manufacturers’ own teams.”
Boughton Engineering, formerly known as Reynolds Boughton and latterly collectively as the Boughton Group, is Britain’s longest established designer and manufacturer of hook-loaders, skip-loaders, close-coupled trailers and bulk waste semi-trailers. It also makes military logistics equipment and aviation rescue and firefighting vehicles. The business is widely respected in the industry for its tradition and concentration on function and durability – which today is still the guiding principle in its designs and developments. It has a long standing reputation for cutting edge innovation in waste transportation and collection equipment technology, which has often led the sector with original ideas and solutions – from collection to recycling and landfill.
Involved in engineering since 1897, its early ventures were connected with agricultural equipment, farm implements, contracting, forestry and transport. Over the decades, it has been responsible for many ground-breaking innovations and developments – including a successful range of hook-loaders, wet waste tankers, fuel oil tankers and dry waste ejection trailers. Its defence sector products include specialist trailers and tandem and tri-axle close coupled trailers. More recently, it introduced the ‘Kwikcova’ automatic sheeting system for hook-loader applications, which incorporates a number of patented features and is regarded across the industry as best practice.
The company was acquired by Skan Group Holdings in May 2011. It is co-located alongside Skan Group’s Oldbury UK operation in Wolverhampton, West Midlands. It also operates a fabrication facility in Devon.