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Did Fruehauf Go Bankrupt

Did Fruehauf Go Bankrupt?

We often get asked whether Fruehauf Trailers of Grantham went Bankrupt?  Well the Grantham Tipping Trailer Manufacturer Fruehauf did go Bankrupt in about 2003 and again in about 2010 and technically I believe they did go into a Court appointed administration in September 2021. Fruehauf were running on empty with serial entrepreneurs picking them up, running them lean and then bad luck happens. Fruehauf shut down for very long periods during COVID taking advantage of Furlough to try and weather the storm. Then a management punch up internallly led to a court order that closed them and allowed another buyer in.

Posted by Andrew on 03/03/2022

Saving David Attenborough

Saving David Attenborough........

 
Well looking how tatty St David was on looking on the BBC last week, I think trying to save St David might be a lost cause. But Newton has some pretty ambitious goals regarding playing our part in saving what is left of our Planet. So getting Carbon Literate is the first bit.
 
We sell about 1,100 trailers per year and if you do the maths at between 6 tonnes and 10 tonnes per trailer of alloy and steel we will clearly have a special place in hell when St David meets us at the Pearly Gates and turns his thumb downwards - potentially we are contributing thousands of tonnes of eCO2 per annum. Sorry kids, sorry polar bears.
 
Anyway like any good journey it starts with a row with the wife - then we have to calculate our emissions produced on site here at Newton's - called SCOPE 1 emissions. On this we are pretty ace - we have some diesel and heating oil emissions to offset. Then we have SCOPE 2 with main energy on site is electricity and we purchase 100 percent green energy. So gold star there. Next Scope 3 - and for that we have to get deep into our suppliers knickers - and that is not pleasant and may take some time - but if you are a supplier or component supplier to us please be on notice - we are coming a rummaging. But when you are buying a trailer please be aware that Newton at least are doing their bit for the Planet...and if you are purchasing from us then we are doing better than the rest. Long live St David...

Posted by Andrew on 01/03/2022

STAS - it's the Real Thing

We are so impressed with the STAS Factory in Romania we would like to show you around the inside. This purpose built factory joined the STAS family of 3 other factories 5 years ago, and is used to construct Newton's new steel chassis trailers. Mostly robot construction methods and state of the art engineering - even the bodies are robot painted! There is no higher quality product for the British market. It is all made under one brand new roof and does not emerge into daylight, blinking - until it is painted. Newton - Keeping it REAL.

 

STAS factory Medias inside

Posted by Andrew on 21/01/2022

Homework problems - a problem shared is a problem halved....

Homework problems - a problem shared is a problem halved....

My kids have long learned to avoid asking Dad for help. This time it was Dad asking for help.  I wanted to audit what values both employees and suppliers believed Newton has or stands for. I was genuinely warmed by the responses. Our purpose has always been to sell Honesty not Trailers.   This value does come up throughout the audit. As our washman Duncan responded:

'What's on the tin is in the tin'.  

I'll take that. Thanks Duncan - I'll hand that to Teacher.

Posted by Andrew on 18/01/2022

New Year - only happy days ahead

It is good to be back - can you have too much Christmas?  My Christmas socks fit and the new underpants could have done being one size more generous. Boris might have won his Covid bet - politics versus science.  He took Scenario F and ran with it - well his luck was due to change.  If he is right we are in for a pretty dicey January and then nothing but sunshine from February - so that will give the market a lift. So please form and orderlely queue and buy our tipping trailers.

On a less flippant note, supply side issues are still troublesome. As manufacturers solve one issue - say tyres - then the next one is revealed - say landing legs.  Like restauranteurs price: 30% cost of food/ 30% labour/ 30% overhead - so to do manufacturers: 80% materials/ 20% labour.  Clearly steel and aluminium World prices are important. They have risen dramatically and many of our suppliers are pricing purely by fear and guesswork - or not offering prices at all. Worst of all, some are pricing incorrectly and then changing them afterwards - ie retrospectively - now that sends panic up the chain into the dealer network. The dealer network (Newton et al) then act as a shock absorber until overwhelmed. The prices then get passed on. So it is entirely possible that there is another 5 to 10% price inflation yet to be revealed from January to June this year. My fear is that this will not be seen equally across the market and that will be the 'competition zone' for the year. Customers yelling at Dealers - and Dealers yelling at Manufacuturers.  What about a bit of peace love and harmony?

And a small shout out to my one blog follower - Pieter - Jan a quote for you:

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.”

Mark Twain.

Posted by Andrew on 04/01/2022

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