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History

HISTORY

Nothing beats experience and Weightlifter has built up plenty over the last 85 years.

One of the UK’s premier tipper manufacturers, its origins date back to the 1930’s when it started making wooden vehicle bodies, serving the needs of the local agricultural sector and other industries.

Today owned by Grange Cross Ltd after Paul Weightman’s retirement in 2019, it has grown through acquisition, innovation and a broadening of its customer base along with the introduction of new manufacturing techniques and product development.

In 1971 it introduced its first alloy tipper and ten years later it was producing complete tipping trailers.
Further innovations followed: in the early 1990s it became the first company to introduce tipping trailers with hollow alloy plank sides.
This innovation continues today with Weightlifter in the vanguard when it comes to embracing new materials, such as Hardox and Domex steels, which cut the weight of its steel bodies without sacrificing their strength.
Meanwhile, over the years the Weightlifter chassis has become a bench mark for lightweight, durability and reliability within the industry.
The acquisition of PPG Fabrications added a new dimension to the company’s skills portfolio. Well known for the excellence of its welding, PPG is acknowledged as one of the industry’s leaders when it comes to rigid bodies.
Fiercely proud of its British manufacturing heritage, Weightlifter continues to manufacture its products in the UK, sourcing only the best quality materials and components and using fully skilled and highly trained craftsmen who take a pride in their workmanship.
Welders, for example, are all certified to the highest bodybuilder qualifications.
Many employees have been with the company for decades, passing on their skills to new generations of apprentices.

Modern technology has also played a very important part in the company’s continued success and Weightlifter has always been at the forefront when it comes to adopting and investing in new equipment and techniques to improve manufacturing processes and the quality of the ultimate finished product.
From plasma cutting equipment to the very latest high specification software for its design team, Weightlifter PPG not only invests in the best to ensure its products exceed the expectations of the most demanding customers, from ‘Blue Chip’ operators to owner drivers.

Always flexible in its approach, Weightlifter’s experience and expertise means that it builds its products to precisely meet the exacting requirements of the industries it serves, whether that be for specialist or standard applications.

Today, Weightlifter and PPG have probably the widest and most comprehensive range of tipping semi-trailers, rigid bodies, ejectors, walking floors and ancillary equipment on the market.