When Les Carpenter, General Manager of the West-Trans Group, joined the organization in early 2015, he wondered why local waste transport operators were using heavy and expensive, hydraulically actuated tarping systems. In Les’ opinion, all the system required to do ended up being to extend and retract a light-weight tarp.
Having already found success overseas by partnering with Denmark’s HMF to provide its vehicle loading crane range to Australia, West-Trans used its established international purchasing channels to add innovative Medical tarpaulin to the growing portfolio.
“We knew by leveraging our contacts in Europe we might find our answers. After looking at several business in Europe, we came across UK company, TransCover,” Les recalls.
Les soon discovered both companies shared similar backgrounds. “TransCover started during the 1990s because founder and Director, Steve Hines, wasn’t pleased with the systems that he or she was buying for his own trucks and trailers,” Les says. “At the time, Steve chose to design and manufacture a tarpaulin system which can be made use of by the global market. It made sense to go about the proposition to create the TransCover technology to Australia.”
Facing the same requirements TransCover did two decades earlier, West-Trans’ main criteria for that tarp system were for so that it is light, dependable, an easy task to install and economical to preserve. “TransCover had achieved this by making a tarp cover that may operate in unison with a hooklift or even a skiploader, which it known as a HyCover along with a Mini HyCover.”
Based on Les, the secrets for the HyCover and Mini HyCover’s success is that both products use air instead of hydraulics to increase the tower, along with a high-duty cycle motor unit to improve and retract the heavy-duty, but lightweight, tarp. “This generates a system that weighs just below 200kg, which happens to be half the extra weight from the traditional hydraulically actuated double wall fabric being found in Australia, at roughly 70 percent of your cost,” Les says.
“In addition, TransCover also manufactured an entry level tarp system to meet the needs of budget-conscious operators, referred to as PullCover. The PullCover technique is fixed in to the load board and operates having a simple spring loaded drum, similar operational into a Holland blind. All versions can be found with and without side flaps.”
Seeing the chance to give its customers the whole product offering, West-Trans approached its corporate clients proposing various TransCover configurations along with the availability of new hooklifts and skip-loaders. The Mini HyCover, HyCover and PullCover units happen to be operating successfully for months inside the Australian market, and so are now being distributed through West-Trans outlets Australia-wide.
Regarding his initial question answered, Les anticipates the TransCover products will take off with local operators in Australia’s waste sector. “The acceptance of this system is much better than expected, and after thorough trialling and evaluations, we certainly have sold a lot of the first shipment and also have already ordered a 2nd container,” Les says. “With awareness of the advantages of providing safe and user friendly tarping systems growing rapidly inside the waste industry, it’s an dexjpky11 time for West-Trans to become in the distribution of this game-changing product.”
In accordance with Les, together with the HyCover, Mini HyCover and PullCover included in West-Trans’ growing portfolio, all three tarp systems could have genuine appeal in other transport markets, too.
“We are in the center of an evaluation period using the TransCover UnderCover system that people believe has enormous OH&S benefits,” he says.
“We were initially only considering marketing the TransCover tarp system for the skip-loaders and hooklifts since there were obvious synergies using the waste equipment goods that we manufacture.
“However, following presentations created by Steve Hines at a recent product training session together with the West-Trans team, we are equally impressed with TransCover’s other pvc tarpaulin that happen to be suitable for the trailer industry – and we intend leveraging those sales opportunities inside the immediate future.”