Vehicle converter Trucksmith is a leader in low-floored Luton van conversions, and for over 30 years has been seeking out creative solutions to make hard-working vehicles better.
Innovation is at the core of what they do, so they embraced the opportunity to sponsor the Innovation category in the What Van? Award, as managing director, Daniel Trebble, explains.
“Early on we identified limitations of Luton vans associated with floor height and payload in certain sectors, such as removals and deliveries of large items.
“Our approach to overcome such problems was to think differently; to invest in research and development, and make sure we had the right technology, tooling and skilled people to make our ideas a reality.
“Our dedicated and well-resourced research department on site at our Devon factory enables us to continually improve our existing products, but it also means we can create new ones.
“Our class-leading low-loading vans are all manufactured to the highest quality, and are designed to meet the demands of commercial and fleet buyers. They all achieve outstanding payload for their class of low-loading vehicles, and a true loading height of just 550mm (and only 450mm with air suspension).
“We are proud to say that our vehicles are officially recognised by Renault, Vauxhall and Fiat, which has only been possible through continuous, high levels of research and development.”
This year will also see three new products launched by Trucksmith, including the Target – a new vehicle built with the trade sector in mind, set to launch at this year’s Commercial Vehicle Show at the NEC.
Daniel adds: “The key to winning the innovation award category will be how the nominee is enhancing business efficiency, but also how it could affect the rest of industry.”