WINSFORD-BASED trailer and commercial vehicle body manufacturer, Tiger Trailers, has moved into its new £22 million manufacturing facility in Winsford.

The relocation on the Winsford Industrial Estate coincides with rapid business growth, providing scope for production capacity to double in the next 12-months and signalling the creation of 200 new jobs.

The bespoke production plant and office complex is laid out over a 20-acre site comprising 168,000 sq.ft of state-of-the-art chassis fabrication, body assembly, paint and final finish facilities.

Offices include a 3D Engineering Suite, a specialist training facility and a full height showroom –unique among UK trailer manufacturers. Design and construction of the new facility, which incorporates a host of energy-efficient systems, was completed in just 12-months.

“We’re buzzing with excitement,” said joint managing director, John Cartwright.

“The past 12-months have been a whirlwind of anticipation. Tiger Trailers is building a strong brand in the industry, and our new home will allow us to take the business to the next level by developing an enhanced product portfolio and an even better customer experience.”

“We’re especially pleased to be generating employment opportunities. We have attracted many new employees to the new site, with our dedicated training centre providing an invaluable introduction for newcomers to the business.”

Key manufacturing appointments have also been made recently, implemented to maximise business growth, including Nathan Owen, general manufacturing manager, and new manufacturing director Richard Else, a highly-rated automotive industry professional bringing a wealth of experience from Jaguar Land Rover and McLaren Automotive.

Established in 2014 by brothers John and Steven Cartwright, Tiger Trailers is built on a strong family history of manufacturing trailers and rigid bodies for the commercial vehicle sector.

It supplies leading hauliers across Europe and currently employs 200 people at its site. The start of 2018 saw Tiger Trailers join a host of globally recognised brands as a partner of the Northern Powerhouse.

The deal was part of HSBC UK’s £12 billion lending fund to support SMEs in the UK, with £1.05 billion committed to businesses in the north west.

Dean Smith, HSBC UK’s relationship director for corporate banking, added: “The management team have a real vision for their business and they’re not afraid to make significant investments to drive it forward. With this level of focus and drive, we’re excited to see what the next stage of development looks like for the business."