Boughton Engineering, Britain’s longest established skip loader and hook loader manufacturer has completed its busiest month ever since its acquisition by Skan Group in May 2011. Production of Boughton’s ubiquitous hook loader has doubled and its next generation Power-Reach skip loader has just passed the 250 units built milestone – just eighteen months after its launch at RWM in 2013. The company has also responded to a surge in demand for its high specification tri-axle drawbar trailer.
Group Managing Director, Richard Skan says, ”When our family acquired the Boughton business, we tried to assure the market that our commitment would be for the long term. That has not changed. We have made some changes to the business, such as relocating our fabrication facility in Devon to more modern facilities. We have also since expanded it. In the last year, we have completed a £350,000 investment programme in new plant and machinery – and taken on additional staff and workforce, fifteen in the last three months.
“Now, given the strength of our current order book and the forecasts and market expectations being given to us by our customers, we are finalising our expansion plans out to 2017 and beyond, which include a new factory extension to double the number of bays in our chassis engineering and final assembly area in Wolverhampton. We see Boughton as the rising star within the Skan Group – and we have every intension of keeping it that way”, says Richard Skan.
Steve Price, Boughton and Oldbury Group Sales and Marketing Director says, “Our Whole Vehicle Type Approval (WVTA) process has been fully achieved according to plan, with all mainstream chassis and equipment approved. This also includes a number of ancillary equipment options where our deliberate decision to integrate onto the vehicle as part of the build means that the approvals cover ‘the whole vehicle’ as we deliver it to the customer.”
The 250th Boughton Power-Reach skip loader unit features an Intacova auto-sheeting system and otherwise standard equipment. It is mounted on a Euro VI DAF LF two-axle chassis.