Trans-rak Reports Sales Up 20%
Trans-rak International, leading designer and manufacturer of vehicle racking solutions for shipping cars in containers, has seen sales soar by 20% in the first half of the year. Managing Director Paul Donaldson says the company’s continued growth reflects the focus of OEMs on new and emerging markets.
“For traditional markets such as Europe and the US, RoRo remains the preferred option, however when vehicles are being transported into regions such as Asia, Russia and South America, shipping cars in containers is becoming increasingly popular,” he says. “Where there are long hinterland journeys involved, with poor infrastructure and/or concerns about security, containerising cars is the clear solution. It’s flexible from an intermodal point of view, with no direct handling of vehicles once loaded, so damage is lower and of course the vehicles are secure.”
As leading manufacturers like BMW opt to transport vehicles in containers by rail and road, costs are also driven down by reduced lead times for delivery. By using the Silk Road route instead of shipping by sea, transportation times have been massively reduced by over 70%, from around 55 days to 15. As a result, Trans-rak has seen a dramatic rise in demand for its removable and reusable R-raks, which allow extra vehicles to be loaded into each container.
Paul Donaldson concludes, “We are working around the clock to meet customer orders and confidently predict continued growth as OEMs build marketshare in new regions and the trend towards containerisation gathers momentum. Trans-rak is well on course to achieve its best year results yet.”
Pictured: Paul Donaldson, Managing Director, Trans-rak