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Strength in design

Rhino Trailers and Low Loaders has a long-standing reputation for producing a diverse range of quality trailers and low loaders. Part of The Davey Group, Rhino Trailers and Low Loaders is an Australian-owned and operated business based in Toowoomba, Queensland. Its trailers are renowned for their superior strength, reinforcing the company’s motto ‘strength in design’.

The Rhino range
Over the years Rhino has built many special-purpose transport equipment for specific tasks, in particular for the livestock, bulk transport and heavy haulage industries.

Rhino’s extensive tipper range includes high-tensile, light-weight steel and aluminium trailers, including hybrid models. These are available in high-volume single, B-double, road-train and Performance-Based Standards (PBS) configurations. Its drop-bed bulk tubs, made in alloy and high-tensile light-weight steel, work well with light weight / high volume products. Its range of Rhino (formally Lusty) low loaders covers deck wideners and full wideners on rows of four tyres as well as widening rows of eight low loaders with the accompanying rows of four and rows of eight dollies.

Rhino also manufactures two rows of four, and three rows of four, road-train dollies for tipper combinations, skel trailers and stock crate road-train combinations as well as two rows of four and three rows of four tag trailers for plant and equipment. It also has a wide range of stock crates designed and developed for the tough Australian conditions.

Quality & ISO certification
To further bolster its quality benchmark two years ago the Group committed to developing and implementing an Integrated Management System (IMS) to achieve certification in: ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems; ISO 45001:2018 Safety Management Systems; and ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management Systems.

A solid quality management system behind the doors means customers can count on improved standards and controls, performance, reliability and overall quality of the products.

The Rhino team ensures complete customer satisfaction by following a steadfast quality policy that includes accurately capturing customer specifications; implementing, maintaining and continually improving a third-party certified ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System; conducting in process and final quality and test inspections, and adhering to all applicable statutory or regulatory requirements and internal processes.

Knowledge and experience
With a history dating back over 30 years, and the combined knowledge and expertise of businesses like Lusty Low Loader and AFM-O’Phee Trailers that have been purchased and consolidated into the Rhino brand by the parent company, the Rhino range has gone from strength to strength.

Its 40,000-square-metre factory at Toowoomba is a one-stop outlet for all trailer requirements, featuring a comprehensive offering under one roof, including a protective coatings facility, as well as facilities for servicing, modifications and refurbishments.

The team includes over 100 highly skilled tradespeople and design engineers, who ensure that the quality of the trailers is always at the forefront and never compromised. Aside from its IMS commitment, the technicians have always been striving for continual improvement, reviewing existing designs and manufacturing methods to allow existing and new customers find the right match for their business depending on their evolving needs and growth.

The Rhino team is also focused on reducing lead times through improved manufacturing processes.

The capabilities of The Davey Group are not limited road transport, with its divisions offering standard engineered products, and design and construct capabilities servicing the mining, oil and gas, agriculture and forestry sectors. The company specialises in the delivery of complete turnkey solutions including large, complex industrial equipment, storage solutions, bulk materials handling, processing plants, structural steel buildings and supporting plant infrastructure.

Its Toowoomba site also features a modern 1,500-square-metre abrasive blasting and protective coatings facility that has a 23m x 6.2m x 6.2m environmentally friendly abrasive blast chamber capable of using all types of material for surface preparation.

The 13m wide x 42m long booth is suitable for all large equipment and machinery with industrial finishes and a 24m long heated spray booth to offer greater flexibility in applying quality coatings to commercial and industrial machinery and equipment to exact Australian Standards and International specifications.

The Davey Group’s Managing Director, Tony Davey, is particularly proud of this capability and noted that the protective coating division will underwrite delivery commitments on finished products – something the division has successfully been doing since it was established.

As a result, this state-of-the-art facility is where Rhino gets its trailers painted, bringing two business divisions of The Davey Group together to deliver products that are unbeatable in quality, design and construction.

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