The Livestock Transport industry have looking for a product that can withstand the roughest terrains, long distances over terrible roads, and the wear and tear from livestock, along with their waste and the high pressure hosing down with after each delivery.
David Byrne, from Byrne Trailers in Wagga Wagga, has devised a more durable and lighter trailers with stainless steel, ready to be implemented and in use for 2016.
Byrnes recently told the ABC, “The main point of difference will be the material that the trailers are to be constructed out of, which is effectively stainless steel.”
“The point of the material is to combat rust and fatigue, and increase the life of the equipment.”
While Byrne concedes the cost of the new designs will rise, he says the lightweight and durable nature of the steel will outweigh any initial cost.
“Because of the high strength stainless that we’re using, it’ll be a lot lighter in different areas of the trailer,” he says.
“The big savings will come with less amount of money spent on maintenance and, most importantly, less time off the road having that maintenance done.”
Ross Fraser, from Frasers Livestock Transport says his business in southern Queensland is looking to take advantage of the new designs made from steel.
“From a maintenance point of view and longevity for the trailers, I think there’s some huge advantages,” Fraser says, speaking with ABC.
“I guess it’ll take a while for us to find out what that advantage is, but given the rust we’ve had in our trailers over the last five or six years, we had to do something.”
The new trailers made from stainless steel will be a benefit not only to the Livestock Transporters of Australia, but to the Australian Steel Industry and Suppliers.