Welcome to King Vehicle Engineering Ltd.
Special trailers, truck mounted aerial access platforms and traffic management products are just three areas where King succeeds. In these sectors, King businesses lead the market. King Trailers is the largest manufacturer of abnormal load trailers in the UK with customers worldwide. Our Skyking brand is a leader in the UK truck mounted access platform business – not only are we one of the largest UK suppliers, but we are also the supplier of the largest truck mounted aerial platform in the UK through our partnership with Palfinger Platforms. And in the market for specialist truck mounted traffic management equipment our Traiload, Safestop and Nissen branded equipment dominate their sector.
Through King’s individual operating companies King Trailers Limited, King Highway Products Limited, King Transport Equipment Limited and Safety Vehicle Hire and Lease Limited, we ensure that it’s key sales, customer support and design engineering teams are all specialists in their fields. All operating from a 60,000sq ft factory on 5 acres in the centre of the UK each of our individual product teams focus on their chosen market sectors in order to stay ahead of current trends and provide customers with solutions to meet their needs.
Established in 1962 by Canadian engineer Vern King, the company grew to be the largest manufacturer of heavy haulage and lowbed trailers in the UK. There are more King lowbed stepframe trailers in the UK than any other make. Because of its unique position in manufacturing low volume specialist product, it’s engineering team is regularly called upon to build one-off trailers for specialist applications. These include carriage of aircraft engines, aircraft fuselages, submarine components, mobile TV screens, mobile engineering plant as well as numerous military applications and the nuclear industry. Vern King also saw the potential market for telecommunications equipment early on and the company became the major supplier of digger derricks to British Telecom.
After the present owners acquired the Company in 1994 it developed additional product lines that are produced within King Highway Products Limited a business that specialises in selling a range of branded truck equipment for the aerial access and traffic management sectors. Its new Skyking brand soon developed to be the largest supplier of truck mounted access platforms in the UK and it’s later partnership with Palfinger Platforms means it now offers a full range of truck mounted access platforms from 10m up to 100m working height.
It’s Traiload and Safestop products are the market leaders in the UK ‘crash cushion’ business and comply with the latest United Kingdom TD49/07 regulations as well as United States NCHRP350 regulations and more products are being added to the range. King Highway Products also manufacture bespoke products and these include mobile scanning equipment for the UK Home Office.
In 2007 King Transport Equipment Limited was founded and is now a £3m per annum project engineering business developing bespoke transport and handling solutions.
And in the key Traffic Management sector, King’s specialist rental business Safety Vehicle Hire and Lease holds a prominent position in the market for the rental and contract hire of Impact Protection Vehicles.
King strives to offer the best solutions to its customers and will continue to introduce new products to meet the needs of its customers. Through our projects business we continually develop engineered solutions for mobile equipment which benefit our standard product ranges. King is proud of its position as a customer focussed supplier and operates throughout business to ISO9001/2008 quality standard.