February 1 - Andover Trailers has introduced its latest generation of tri-axle step frame trailers, named the step frame machinery carrier (SFMC), designed to carry a wide range of machines whilst maintaining a flat deck.

The model, which has been in development for 12 months, is 11.9 m in length (king pin to rear), is available with a choice of 17.5 or 19.5 inch (44.5 or 49.5 cm) wheels and tyres - with either BPW or SAF axles - and features a Knorr-Bremse braking system with a Trailer Information Module.

The SFMC has a gross trailer weight of 45 tonnes, which can be increased to 48 tonnes if specified with optional slide-out extensions, which gives the trailer a capacity of up to 35 or 38 tonnes respectively.

The combination of a full-length flat bed and full-width power-lifting neck ramp, enables it to carry both tracked and wheeled plant, access equipment with low ground clearance, as well as static payloads such as cabins or containers, Andover explained.

According to the trailer manufacturer, the SFMC features 16 RUD swivel side lashings, rated at 10 tonnes; six screw-in RUD lashing rings on the bed, rated at either 14 or 16 tonnes; along with two chain trays, to provide securing capability for a variety of potential loads.

It added that the SFMC's ability to be further customised to accommodate a wider range of machinery responds to the changing requirements across many sectors. The SFMC is built exclusively at Andover Trailers' production facility in Hampshire, UK.