February 18 - Broshuis, the Dutch-based trailer manufacturer, says that a new trailer introduced at the IAA event in Hannover last year, has been an immediate hit with customers.

The Broshuis SL-AIR is a self-tracking trailer with independent air suspension, which gives it the same advantages as the hydraulic SL-Trailer: 12 tonnes per axle line, 79 cm loading height and a stable and stiff chassis, claims the company.

Being built from standard parts that are readily available helps to keep maintenance costs low, adds Broshuis.

The self-tracking SL-AIR axle has a maximum steering angle of 30 degrees: approximately 10 degrees more than a conventional axle, which can deliver improved handling characteristics.

"We've already had a lot of orders for the SL Air - they started immediately at the IAA," said sales director Harold Vorsteveld, adding that the trailer offers a great many advantages compared to other options on the market.

Broshuis claims that these advantages include being able to carry more weight on less axles; steering like a power-steered trailer; being lighter than other equivalent trailers; as well as lower than any conventional trailer.

Vorsteveld adds: "Sometimes we have to explain to customers that what we're offering is not merely a four-axle trailer, because those looking for a conventional trailer with all the features of an SL Air are best opting for a seven-axle hydraulic semi-trailer on 205 tyres. Which is in a whole different price category."

Pieter-Bas Broshuis adds: "We're definitely proud of this achievement. It is a jewel in the crown of all our company's efforts. And it shows how vital it is to keep innovating!"