STARCO doubles trailer wheel fitment capacity in Belgium
The recently-announced deal with agricultural tyre wholesaler Bohnenkamp will increase the amount of business STARCO conducts with trailer manufacturers in Europe, and to accommodate this additional activity the company is doubling capacity at its Trailer & Caravan Customer Care Centre in Arendonk, Belgium. The boost in capacity will enable the fitment of 1,000,000 wheels per year on new trailers and caravans.
“The new fitting equipment will enable us to serve both current and new customers. We are increasing installation capacity by approximately 1,200 complete wheel assemblies extra per day for 13-inch, 14-inch and 15-inch wheels,” explains Danielle de Roeper, head of customer care for STARCO’s Trailer & Caravan segment.
This increase in capacity has been made possible by the installation of a 13-tonne fitting machine that allows for faster response times and more flexibility in terms of quantities and variety of complete wheels requested by customers. The equipment arrived on 30 May and was ready to run at full capacity by the middle of June.
STARCO says the ramp up of its operation in Belgium is part of its strategic shift, which includes an enhanced focus on partnering with original equipment manufacturers to deliver clever wheel and tyre solutions. The company manufactures 95 per cent of the wheels it sells, and operates sites for the production of high speed trailer and caravan wheels in China and Croatia; these facilities also manufacture wheels for industrial vehicles and agricultural equipment.