Trojan-Mek Machinery Movers call for more clarity in logistics ahead of Brexit.

Trojan-Mek Director, Leighton Price, spoke to Welsh Business News after the FTA revealed that they had still not been notified of any plans for logistics and transport when the UK departs from the EU.  Like many operators, Leighton is concerned about the lack of planning and complete unawareness of the challenges that the logistics industry could be facing.

Leighton told Welsh Business News that the matter was particularly complicated for heavy haulage specialists like Trojan-Mek:

“If our loads have to be offloaded for checks, it won’t be a two-minute delay – heavy haulage can’t be offloaded quickly.  We need clarity now, because if we need to invest in more vehicles and additional trained staff to cope with additional delays, we need several months to acquire additional heavy transport vehicles and even longer to find skilled, professional staff.  We simply cannot do that overnight.”

 “Furthermore, with many of the international factory relocations we undertake, 12 months is the bare minimum for planning.  Our aim is to provide an expert service to our customers who rely on us to advise them on what permits will be required.  This could prove a real challenge, when the Government haven’t given logistics professionals any guidelines to work with at this stage, even though Brexit itself has created an increase in enquiries for factory relocations to the EU.”

The FTA summed up the mood of the industry perfectly:

“How can business be expected to trade without transport?  That needs to be uppermost in the minds of negotiators as they move on to talks about the future relationship with the EU. “

For now, machinery moving is running smoothly.  We’d like to see this continue post-brexit.

Severe Weather Warning covering South East Wales – FTA Driver Safety Advice

With severe weather warnings currently in place across much of the county, including South East Wales, please see the link below for the FTA’s advice for Operating in snow and ice:

Current warning in place as follows:

Met Office Red Warning Snow and Wind

Area Affected South East Wales, Devon

Between 15:00 Thu 1st and 02:00 Fri 2nd

A spell of heavy snow and blizzard conditions is expected. The snow will be accompanied by very strong easterly winds leading to severe drifting. Some places could also see significant ice build-up due to freezing rain from later on Thursday evening, most likely in the south of the area. Long delays and cancellations of public transport seem highly likely. Some roads are likely to become blocked by deep snow, stranding vehicles and passengers. Long interruptions to power supplies and other utilities are very likely to occur, along with damage to trees and other structures due to heavy snow or ice.

FTA Members are reminded that there are further Amber Met Office Warnings and the latest information can be found at


Overcoming Obstacles in Heavy Equipment Lifting – A Case Study

Numerous constraints can be encountered when businesses are moving, relocating and installing industrial equipment.  These challenges are especially difficult when heavy equipment lifting is required in confined spaces.  Typically, access to removal site and final point of machinery positioning is hazardous and difficult to manoeuvre.

However, this is the exactly type of situation that Trojan-Mek are experienced in overcoming.

A high volume paper converting company recently contacted our machine moving team to provide a solution to an awkward, heavy equipment lifting problem – here’s how Trojan Mek were able to overcome their challenges.


The Challenge:

The manufacturer was approaching a production shutdown where New Drive Control Panels were to be installed, to replace existing Drive Panels.

The company needed a heavy equipment lifting solution that could also work in a confined space.  Five panels weighing up to 1.5 tonnes each needed to be lifted to a height of 6 metres to access the control room, then moved through a small doorway, where the panels were to be fitted.

Site constraints meant that limited space at ground level greatly reduced the lifting options.

Access, safety and project timings are always vital, but now needed to be assessed and managed effectively in line with site limitations.





The Solution:

Trojan-Mek were called in to design a solution that could overcome all the obstacles and ensure a speedy installation with minimal downtime.

Our consultants designed and built a raised platform to fit a 7 tonne Fork Lift Truck, on which the panels were placed.  The bespoke steel fabrication was designed to specific measurements and was 1 tonne in weight, so total weight lifted by the fork lift was 2.5 tonnes (panel and platform).

Of course, when moving heavy machinery at height, safety is paramount.  Handrails were incorporated into the design allowing operatives to walk on the platform when removing the control panel (with skoots) at the 6 metre level.

Project scope involved moving the panels from storage, lifting them into the control room, then relocating them to temporary storage areas until the electrical supply was disconnected, allowing the old panels to be removed and exchanged with the new panels.


The Outcome:

Using this method with the bespoke steel platform, the new electrical panels were positioned safely and successfully, and all redundant equipment was removed within a 12 hour time frame.

It’s just a typical example of how Trojan-Mek solve machinery moving challenges.


Nestle Factory relocation could be ‘tip of iceberg’ as manufacturing ‘Brexodus’ predicted

Nestle recently announced they will be relocating production of their Blue Riband chocolate bars to Poland ahead of Brexit, and industry pundits are predicting EU factory relocation to increase as Brexit looms closer.

Nestle’s announcement drew heavy criticism, but industry experts at say they expect other food manufacturers to follow as pressure of sterling, exodus of skilled EU workers and the prospect of a hard Brexit continues to bite.

The automotive sector is also worried about UK manufacturing jobs.  Only last week, the Daily Post reported that Witter Towbars, who supply towbars to iconic British brand Jaguar Land Rover, is looking into a possible factory relocation to Romania – with the loss of 94 North Wales production jobs.

Leighton Price, Operations Director for Trojan-Mek, said:

“All these moves look like an opportunity for global factory relocation experts like ourselves, but actually we’re proud of our British manufacturing heritage and we’d encourage UK producers to look at all the options, including relocation within the UK instead.

“We can help any business with a factory relocation, whether national or international, but we can also help UK businesses reduce haulage costs and improve accessibility to more remote locations, reducing the need to move.  We advise businesses to take a look at where savings can be made before upping sticks to the EU – and even if the EU seems the best option, consider all the options and potential pitfalls first.

“For example, post-relocation, Nestle will have to import Blue Riband back into the UK, as UK snack lovers are product’s biggest market.  Future import costs could be the snag – who knows what duties and complexities will be introduced post-Brexit?  The move may not prove as cost effective as they expect.”

“There is definitely room for manufacturers to make savings without total production site relocation, especially in terms of haulage.  Indeed, we recently expanded our haulage fleet which will deliver better efficiency and access for our clients in Wales and the West Country, which has also improved access to lucrative London markets for our construction clients. 

“Our ability to work closely with OEM’s on behalf of UK based production sites can also help to achieve cost effective installation, decommissioning and movement of specialist machinery and equipment.  Post-Brexit, like now, we will continue to provide transportation, machinery installation and relocation solutions, and will be happy to assist in factory relocation in any aspect – but our customers can rest assured we are not going anywhere, unless it’s on their behalf!”


Following the growth of its South Wales operation, Trojan-Mek Limited has teamed up with construction materials supplier Wetherby Building Systems and made significant investment in its fleet, with the introduction of a new 26 tonne lorry to service hard to reach areas of Wales and the West Country.

As long term haulage supplier to Wetherby Building Systems, machine moving and transport firm Trojan-Mek collaborated with Wetherby to introduce a new 26 tonne curtain side wagon into its fleet. Catering to Wetherby’s successful depot at Bridgend, the new dual-branded vehicle is fitted with a two tonne moffett fork lift truck to allow mechanical offload and enable deliveries to be made to previously difficult to access sites.

The addition of the fork lift truck also provides operational and cost efficiencies to customers, with quicker loading and off-loading times, turnaround time is reduced on-site, while its ability to travel over rough terrain further saves time when trying to move product around a construction site.

Commenting on the new addition to the South Wales fleet, Leighton Price, Operations Director for Trojan-Mek, said: “Not only will investment in the new vehicle fortify the working partnership between us and Wetherby Building Systems, but will also enhance Trojan-Mek’s capability within the Construction materials distribution market, and improves our capability to relocate smaller manufacturing machines and electrical control panels for numerous customers.”

Customer Services Manager for Wetherby, Mark Arnold, added: “Since opening last year, our South Wales depot is going from strength to strength and we are continuing to invest in the facility to ensure future growth.

“The investment in the new vehicle will open up new opportunities as we will not be restricted in the sites we can deliver to and can supply our EWI solutions to projects throughout South Wales, the West Country and into London.”

Visit Wetherby Building Systems

Trojan Mek and Wetherby Building Systems 26 tonne lorry 26 tonne lorry partnership with Trojan Mek and Wetherby Building Systems

Automotive Manufacturing Exhibition with Welsh Automotive Forum

Trojan-Mek exhibited alongside a host of automotive sector manufacturers and service providers at Autolink 2016.

The exhibition and conference took place at Cardiff City Football Stadium, bringing together many of Wales’ leading automotive sector manufacturers and fellow Welsh Automotive Forum members.

The event included keynote presentations from Aston Martin, Jaguar Land Rover and the Welsh Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, Ken Skates AM.


Colin Watkins and Leighton Price of Trojan-Mek with James Giddings, driver in the GwynneSpeed Rally Challenge, at Autolink 2016


Colin Watkins, Trojan-Mek and Tim Williams, Chief Executive, Welsh Automotive Forum











Please follow the link for more details about the Welsh Automotive Forum and future events.


Trojan-Mek joined by GwynneSpeed Rally Challenge Championship Leader for Autolink 2016

Trojan-Mek will be supported at Autolink 2016 by current championship leader of the Citroen C2 GwynneSpeed Rally Challenge, James Giddings.

He joins the Trojan-Mek team at Autolink, Cardiff City Football Stadium, as the firm proudly sponsors James and his class winning C2 GT rally car.

The GwynneSpeed C2 Rally Challenge aims to provide competitors with a fun, fair and affordable championship. Taking place annually with nine qualifying rounds across Wales and the UK, this years’ final will be held in December at the Rockingham Raceway, Northamptonshire.

James, from Pontlliw near Swansea, is in his second year of competing and currently leads the Championship by 22 points with Co-driver Daniel Johnson. The pair have won the 4 rounds they have competed in, with only 3 rounds remaining.

Their car was built from a standard production road car in 2014 to meet all the safety requirements set out by the MSA (Motor Sports Association) for stage rallying, including roll cage, bucket seats, harnesses and fire extinguishers.

James, who will be competing in the next round on 23rd of October at Pembrey Motorsport Centre, will unveil his ‘new look’ car, alongside Trojan-Mek, at the Autolink exhibition on 18th October.

Please find further details at:  Autolink 2016  and GwynneSpeed Rally Challenge

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Trojan-Mek is officially SafeContractor Accredited

Trojan-Mek has been awarded accreditation from SafeContractor for its commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety.

Following our recent head office relocation to align with the Transport Operating Centre in Pyle, we have successfully achieved accreditation from Safecontractor; a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises very high standards in health and safety management amongst UK contractors.

We aimed to create a uniform Health and Safety standard across the full range of our Machine Moving and Hiab Transport services, and we are now certified in achieving this.

“We have taken a number of key steps in recent months to improve our business operations and services to customers.

Now receiving SafeContractor accreditation means we are in a great position to assure further confidence in our Health and Safety practices, from a stronger base at our newly located headquarters.” Colin Watkins, Managing Director, Trojan-Mek

“Congratulations to Trojan-Mek on achieving their SafeContractor status. This is confirmation of the attitude to Health and Safety that their team have demonstrated over the years working with us on a number of projects. Whether it be a small machinery move or the recent factory relocation, health and safety has always been at the forefront of their methodology and we look forward to working with them in the future.” Angelo Andriola, Engineering and Facilities Manager, International Greetings (UK) Ltd

Trojan-Mek recently completed a turnkey relocation project for International Greetings (UK) Ltd, Europe’s largest gift-wrap manufacturer, moving and installing precision printing machinery at the firm’s Penallta Industrial Estate, South Wales factory.

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Printing Machinery, before and after relocation


Join Our Team

Class 1 C+E Hiab Driver – Full Time Position, Pyle based

We are currently looking to recruit a Driver for a full time position within our professional Transport Team, operating a fleet of HIAB vehicles, for local and UK wide projects.

The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic, reliable and dedicated to delivering excellent customer service as part of our growing team of heavy haulage experts.

Driver Qualifications required:

  • Full C+E (HGV1) Licence
  • Drivers Digital Tachograph Card
  • Driver Qualification Card (DQC) for CPC Training
  • Lorry Mounted Loader Certificate (Hiab). Preferred
  • ADR Qualification desirable

To find out more or to apply for this position, please submit your CV to Artic_2