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Better Fire Engine

Engineering specialists at a Leeds company are pioneering fabrication in a material new to the UK for the manufacture of fire engine bodies that are safer, lighter, stronger and more durable.

Ford Ranger

Barkston is helping clients to adapt Ford Ranger pick up trucks into stronger, more impact resistant utility vehicles.

Our engineering specialists are pioneering fabrication in a material new to the UK for the manufacture of vehicle bodies that are safer, stronger and more durable. Our team co-operates on the production of the bodies in the co-polymer Polybilt, in place of the traditional glass fibre and aluminium.  

Advantages of Polybilt include improved impact-resistance and ease of repair, compared with the traditional glass fibre and aluminium..

The co-polymer used in PolyBilt has a unique combination of compressive strength and flexibility giving it superb impact resistance. This translates in the field to little or no damage when impacting street furniture and walls. Even in a high speed collision, there is no shock transfer through the body, keeping damage to a minimum. It is also highly heat resistant, meaning vehicle paint will ignite and tyres melt before it is even affected. The design incorporates an integral water tank which delivers a host of operational and safety advantages for fire and rescue crews.

Financial advantages of the new body include lower running costs and a remarkably long operational life of up to 40 years, plus a re-mountable option for a “second life” and totally recyclable raw materials.