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A Charlton body for Webster Miller’s ‘New Generation’ Scania Rigid

One of the very first ‘New Generation’ Scania rigids has just gone on the road with Essex – based Webster Miller Ltd. And complementing the truck’s particularly high specification 6×2 lift axle chassis is a bespoke, custom – built platform body designed and installed by Charlton Bodies of Dover…

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Thompsons agrees the purchase of Weightlifter Scotland

The Thompsons Group is pleased to announce the purchase of Weightlifter Scotland from the Weightlifter Group of Companies. Effective from Friday 7th July 2017, Thompsons has taken over all the staff and assets of the previous Weightlifter Scotland business at Royal Elizabeth Yard at Dalmeny…

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Thompsons rocks at Harrogate with a record 30-plus trucks at TIP-Ex!

With over 30 trucks on display, the Thompsons Group made its biggest ever splash at the 2017 TIP-Ex Show, confirming the company as by far and away the UK’s top tipper bodybuilder. But what stood out this year was not just the number of trucks that Thompsons and Charlton brought to Harrogate, but also their variety…

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More of everything from Thompsons at TIP-Ex

With at least 25 tippers coming to the Show, the market – leading Thompsons Group is set to deliver another tip – top performance in Harrogate. But this year the story for Thompsons isn’t just about the number of its trucks on display as there are also significant company developments for everyone to talk about too…

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Now we can do more: Thompsons ServiceTech debuts at TIP-Ex

Reflecting a huge growth in its service and support activities, Thompsons will be introducing its all – new ServiceTech business unit at this year’s TIP-Ex Show. ServiceTech’s mission is to provide operators in the tipping, waste and environmental services industries…

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Body of evidence: New Enviro – Clean tippers demonstrate Thompsons’ coming to Scotland ‘the perfect move’

One of the first truck operators to welcome Thompsons’ announcement that it is to open a tipper factory in Scotland is Enviro – Clean (Scotland) Ltd, a long term user of Thompsons bodies that has just taken another two new examples…

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Thompsons to open a new factory in Scotland

Thompsons, the UK’s leading tipper bodybuilder, is pleased to announce that it is looking to open a factory in Scotland. A number of sites are currently being considered, each being located in the Central Belt area between Glasgow and Edinburgh…

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Charlton’s exceptional product diversity boosts delivery capacity
for Grant & Stone

Grant & Stone Ltd, one of the Home Counties leading builder’s and plumber’s merchants and electrical wholesalers is significantly boosting its delivery capacity with the addition of a variety of new Charlton – bodied trucks…

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Wm. Thompson & Son updates its tipper fleet with curved floor Multimasters for easiest possible load ejection

The latest tippers to join the fleet of Wm. Thompson & Son (Dumbarton) Ltd have all been specified with steel curved floor Multimaster bodies to provide the easiest possible ejection of their loads…

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Greatly enhanced versatility from a new fleet of Charlton Beavertail bodies gives H.E. Services a great start to 2017

Now the largest specialist excavator hire company in the UK, H.E. SERVICES (PLANT HIRE) Ltd is in the process of upgrading its commercial vehicle fleet with a number of 18 tonnes gvw rigids fitted with Charlton ‘PlantLite’ beavertail bodies…

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Thompsons AutoLift hydraulic tailgates add vital productivity to Miller Plant’s new tippers

Thompsons’ determined push into Scotland’s tipper market continues with another high profile ‘convert’ to the UK’s top selling tipper brand. Now on the roads around Aberdeen is an unusually high spec steel Loadmaster body on a 420hp Mercedes…

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Zero to Hero in 3 years – Thompsons eParts racks up its first £1m of sales

Thompsons eParts, the tipper industry’s only internet – based parts facility, has turned over its first £1m of sales, with the business now consistently growing month on month. Three years ago, Thompsons director Simon Shields spotted a potential opportunity to offer a UK – wide aftermarket parts activity that would be entirely new…

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Thompsons appoints Patrick Golding as Group Purchasing Manager

Thompsons is pleased to announce the appointment of Patrick Golding as Group Purchasing Manager. In a key role that adds further strength to Thompsons management team, Patrick’s first responsibility will be to streamline the Group’s purchasing processes…

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Tippers, Grabs and Hookloaders – The Thompsons Group supplies a full product range to Cook & Son

To maximize its operating versatility, Gatwick – based tipper operator Cook & Son has recently invested in a range of new vehicles with three distinct types of bodywork – standard tippers, tipper grabs and an ultra – high spec hookloader…

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Another four new Charlton SuperLites sees Ardula Group’s fleet reach 50

With the addition of four new Charlton steel – bodied tippers, the fleet of Maidstone – based Ardula Group has just notched up its first half century. Starting off with a single lorry in 1993, the 23 intervening years have seen Ardula’s fleet…

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“It’s rough, tough and very very hard.” That’s why Brocklebank’s new ’66’ tippers are once again Loadmasters

As one of Yorkshire’s leading recycling businesses, Sheffield – based Brocklebank & Co Demolition Ltd knows pretty much all there is to know about operating tippers in some of the most onerous and ‘heavy duty’ applications out there…

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Who today votes for 6×4 tippers? JC Balls & Sons for one – with three top – spec ‘66’ reg Thompsons Stonemasters!

These days, general purpose three axle tippers seem to be a rare breed. Instead, larger 8x4s are deemed to be much more efficient. Is this really the case? “Not at all” says Derbyshire – based JC Balls & Sons, which has just put…

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Thompsons’ continuous investment in people and plant makes Blackburn the UK’s number 1 tipper town

Who would have thought it? Back in 2000, no tippers at all were built in Blackburn. Today, 16 years later, it’s the No1 tipper town not just in Lancashire, but anywhere in the UK…

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Murdoch’s Loadmasters introduce Volvo FMX 8×4 with lifting rear axle

Here at Thompsons, we’re really a modest lot – which is why in this news release the UK’s top selling tipper body isn’t the main focus of our story! Rather, it’s J&M Murdoch’s latest tipper chassis that are particularly newsworthy…

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Charlton SuperLite’s class – leading payload potential maximizes G.Webb’s productivity and versatility

Cambridgeshire tipper operator G. Webb has just put into service two new Charlton bodied eight wheelers that deliver a class – leading payload of over 19.6 tonnes. Why is this so special? Simply because whilst this figure is routinely…

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A tipper that’s truly exceptional – Andy Reed’s ‘Double Dutch’ Loadmaster

Once in a while, a truck comes along that is a true jaw – dropper. A ‘stop you in your tracks’ vehicle that, in every way, re-boots your imagination as to what the highest possible execution of a commercial vehicle might actually look like…

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How to get lucky? Choose Thompsons, choose Volvo. Then finely tune for maximum operating versatility

Another four Thompsons – bodied eight wheelers have just joined the fleet of Kent – based Mark Luck Transport, bringing their total number of rigid tippers up to 45. With every truck chassis in the fleet now carrying a steel Thompsons Loadmaster…

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Thompsons Group tops the lot at TIP-Ex 2016

With a total of 25 vehicles on display, the Thompsons Group easily out – shone all other tipper bodybuilders at last week’s TIP-Ex Show in Harrogate. Visitors to the Show took every opportunity…

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John Hayes shows how to spec a perfect tipper, with a body of evidence all in Loadmaster’s favour!

Today, Thompsons all – steel Loadmaster tipper body is more popular than ever. Even for customers buying a single example, again and again Loadmaster really is the heart of their truck…

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Thompsons TOTAL – the future of Tipper industry aftercare

TIP-Ex 2016 sees the introduction of ‘Thompsons TOTAL’ – the UK’s first fully comprehensive aftercare package for tipper trucks and their bodywork. As the clear market leader for sales of new tipper bodywork…

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‘Local in Lancashire’ makes Thompsons – bodied DAF tippers ideal for Blackledge Plant Hire

“Our tipper bodies are made eight miles away in one direction, our truck chassis five miles away in the other” says Keith Blackledge, owner of Blackledge Plant Hire of Bamber Bridge, just outside Preston…

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Why Thompsons is more popular than ever with smaller tipper operators

With its business increasing by a factor of eight over the last 15 years, much of Thompsons success has been due to its ability to provide large numbers of bodies to the tipper industry’s biggest fleets…

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New Paymaster trailer and Thompsons Total are key attractions at TIP-Ex 2016

Launched at the start of the year, Thompsons all – new Paymaster tipping trailer will be one of the highlights of this year’s TIP-Ex Show. Shown in the livery of Hurt (Plant Hire) Ltd, Paymaster is purpose…

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Thompsons and Pegasus create a joint first with a Tridem tipper grab

The first Thompsons – bodied Volvo Tridem tipper grab has just gone into service with Midlands – based Pegasus Grab Hire. Configured with a lifting and steering rear axle behind its double drive bogie…

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The Allan Burton Memorial Foundation – the nominated charity for TIP-ex 2016

Reflecting its industry – leading significance, each year the TIP-Ex Show features a nominated charity which has the specific aim of raising money for good causes, the said charity inevitably having a direct relationship…

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DJ Grab’s ‘Batman’ the latest Thompsons – bodied Superhero

Not much more than a stone’s throw from Gatwick airport reside all our favourite fantasy SuperHeroes. Whilst SuperMan, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk and others have been there for some time, this month Batman has arrived too…

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What the Dickens? Thompsons delivers its first alloy Sandmaster body to Moreton C. Cullimore

Carefully specified to deliver optimum payload and performance, this month sees one of the UK’s best known tipper operators taking its first ever Thompsons alloy body for an 8×4. One of a trio of new 8×4 tippers in the 50…

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Fully restored Scania T-Cab heralds a Thompsons fleet renewal for KW Purvis

With tipper specifications often seemingly more elaborate and impressive than ever, these days it takes a truck that’s really special to stand out from the crowd. A vehicle that at least in the UK is perhaps as rare…

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Thompsons starts 2016 by launching its first tipping trailer

Thompsons, the UK’s leading tipper bodybuilder, kicks off 2016 with its most significant new product for many years – its first production tipping trailer. Called Paymaster, the new trailer has been designed with one key objective…

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Hyva / Thompsons Hookloader combination offers unmatched versatility

Sometimes, a straight tipper is best. At others, a hookloader. So which to have? For Fuller Grab Hire of Smallfield, Surrey, the answer they wanted was as near as possible to ‘Both’…

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‘Versatility First’ for Clancy’s new Charlton Beavertail

Strong, sturdy and unfailingly reliable, Thompsons evergreen Loadmaster remains the UK’s top selling tipper body. Why? Because what really attracts many operators to the defining product of Thompsons’ tipper range is its sheer versatility…

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Tippers ‘R’ Us? Yes, but only with a Thompsons Loadmaster body!

Based at Kesgrave just outside Ipswich, TIPPERS ‘R’ US is now one of the UK’s most dynamic and far – sighted tipper operators, with the firm currently investing huge sums in its expanding its whole portfolio of premises…

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Super-spec Charlton crane truck has the ability to move almost anything

Charlton Bodies of Dover has just delivered one of its most comprehensively equipped multi – purpose platform bodies ever to Bristol – based DB Plant & Lifting Ltd. Mounted on an 8×2 Scania chassis, the new truck gives…

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Once again, Charlton’s Quarrymaster is the rock solid tipper body choice for Bristol & Avon Group

Resplendent in their highly visible orange colour scheme, another batch of hi-spec tippers is joining the ever growing fleet of Bristol & Avon Group. And, once again, the company has chosen Charlton’s heavy duty Quarrymaster body above all others…

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It’s a record – 1,150 Thompsons bodies for LC Vehicle Hire!

Thanks to its current order for over 100 new tippers this year, LC Vehicle Hire of Leeds has established a new record for Thompsons tipper bodies going to a single customer by making a total of 1,150 such purchases since 2002…

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Allied’s Loadmaster ‘double take’ demonstrates perfectly why this is the UK’s most versatile and popular tipper body ever

Strong, sturdy and unfailingly reliable, Thompsons evergreen Loadmaster remains the UK’s top selling tipper body. Why? Because what really attracts many operators to the defining product of Thompsons’ tipper range is its sheer versatility…

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Paint our wagon! Hague plant’s ruby red loadmaster celebrates their 40th in great style

How has one of the UK’s leading regional plant and tipper businesses celebrated its 40th year in business? With an absolutely top-spec, ruby red Thompsons tipper of course…

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Thompsons makes a key fleet breakthrough – with Thompsons!

Thompsons, the UK’s leading tipper bodybuilder, has just achieved a major breakthrough with one of northern England’s major tipper operators – Thompsons of Prudhoe. Two new FMXs with all – steel Loadmaster Lite bodies have just entered…

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Ultimate spec, ultimate performance. Thompsons super-strength bodies the only choice for Jim Jamieson’s amazing tippers!

Only occasionally do you come across a road transport operation that does things entirely its own way, completely at odds from the norm of accepted practice. Yet in the often less than glamorous world of tippers, one Scottish quarry…

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