BPW launches ‘benchmark’ lightweight trailer running gear19 February 2020

BPW has announced the launch of its lightest trailer running gear to date, declaring it “a benchmark for the market” with the unit weighing in at less than 370kg.

The company says it has combined its proven 9-tonne Airlight II trailer running gear with an aluminium hub and the Eco Disc TS2 trailer disc brake, and a new ultra-light trailing arm made of high-strength spring steel.

The trailing arm alone, says BPW, reduces weight by 42kg in the three-axle suspension, with the aluminium hub reducing weight by a further 54kg.

The product is said to be particularly suitable for operators with weight-sensitive loads.

By way of example, says BPW, if the unit is in a vehicle transporting heating oil, an additional 96kg – 112 litres of heating oil – can be carried. If that is in a ten-vehicle fleet covering an average of 120,000km over four years, it adds, this will equate to a saving of more than 38,000 euros. In addition, it will cut CO2 emissions across the fleet by 8,000kg.

“Thanks to the new trailing arm, we’ve made efficiency gains that would be hard to equal – which is why there is already strong demand for our lightweight construction kit on the market,” says Andreas Poll, BPW’s head of product management for trailer solutions and mobility services.

“We’re happy to be able to start delivering straight away.”

Laura Cork

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