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Alloy Bodies marks 50th anniversary

Commercial vehicle bodybuilder Alloy Bodies is celebrating a major milestone of 50 years in business as it also looks to future developments.

2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Aeroluton with column tail lift

Now part of the Lanarkshire-based Anderson Group, the company was founded in 1969, in one unit of the Jubilee Works Industrial Estate site in Manchester where it now operates across the entire complex.

The business builds more than 2,000 bodies per year, providing a range that covers everything from van chassis up to 26-tonne rigid trucks. Its line-up of van-derived chassis cabs now includes the Aeroluton range of latest-generation box bodies for light commercial vehicles with aerodynamically optimised ‘pods’ above the cab to reduce wind resistance plus the Aerocurtain, which adds in curtainsides for greater loading flexibility.

Other solutions include the HiLo high-volume, low-floor Luton body option for multi-drop operators, furniture delivery or removal specialists and the Dropside family of products which can be tailored to any application, and include options such as A-frame or tilting covers, load restraints and safety systems for operatives required to work at height.

Meanwhile operators of heavier vehicles can specify box, curtain, dropside or flatbed bodies all built to order to their own, individual requirements.

Commenting on the firm’s 50th anniversary, managing director Jackie Murphy said: “Reaching this historic landmark is testament to the strength of our designs and products, and the exacting levels of service we aim to provide to all our customers.

“The way we’ve helped so many of our team members to develop their careers with us, and the links we’ve built with a number of blue-chip customers over many years, illustrate perfectly our determination to build for success on the firmest foundations – which is exactly how we construct our market-leading bodies.”

The business is also looking forward to its next 50 years, placing prime focus on helping truck and van operators find the best solutions to adapt to challenges such as alternative power sources, ever-changing compliance requirements and the ongoing drive for improved efficiency.

“In celebrating our 50th anniversary we acknowledge our past but our focus remains very much on the future,” continued Murphy. “We’ll be working harder than ever to look after our loyal, long-term customers and aiming to introduce many new friends to the benefits of operating Alloy Bodies products.”

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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