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EXECUTIVE REPORT


Pictured from left: Trime’s Paul Hay,


Production Director Giuseppe De Battista, Andrea Fontanella and Ray Caulfield.


Trime cuts a dash


Alan Guthrie visits the impressive Trime factory near Milan, and finds that the manufacturer is steadily expanding its product range.


Although in this country Trime is best known for its lighting towers, its parent business in Italy is actually involved in the supply chain for many other products in diverse markets, and for various non- competing manufacturers. A clue is in the name: Trime (pronounced ‘Tree-may’) is associated with Italian words for cutting - or trimming - and the company was established in 1978 as a fabricator of metal canopies and casings for items as varied as washing machines, air conditioning equipment and computers, for producers worldwide. Trime’s association with lighting towers dates instead back to 1997 when the company started supplying canopies for some lighting tower machines.


“Flexible and adaptable”


Today, following an acquisition performed in 2015 by Tekno Progect (a family owned company headed by Andrea Fontanella), Trime is directly involved in the business of lighting tower manufacture which is carried out in a new part of the production facility, located in the Cassinetta di Lugagnano suburb of Milan.


As Andrea Fontanella explains: “Being involved in third-party production gives a steady flow of work for our 105-strong workforce, on whom the business depends, and having to meet so many different customers’ requirements means we have to be flexible, adapting to new demands and introducing new techniques, which helps in our own manufacturing. Trime’s original founder, Angelo Fasani, still works in the business, and his son and daughter are part of our management team.”


GAP is amongst the hirers that have the X-Eco in their fleets.


In July 2016, the Trime UK operation was established in Huntingdon. The following December, Trime Nord was founded in Rotterdam to principally serve the Benelux countries and Germany. Other worldwide markets are handled from the Milan headquarters.


Investment in machinery


Considerable investment has been made in the Italian production facility, including computer-controlled cutting, bending and welding machines, automatic metal sheet feeding equipment, and an environmentally- friendly powder coating plant that recycles surplus paint. The factory operates 24 hours a day and production space was recently increased by more than 20% to now cover 23,000ft2


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Trime’s first product for the UK market was the X-Eco lighting tower, which has quickly been added by many hirers to their fleets, including GAP, Charles Wilson Engineers, CP Hire, A-Plant, Welfare Hire Nationwide, MHM Plant, event hirer Illumin8, European organisations such as Boels Rental, Kramo and Ramirent, and a growing number of smaller independents. The machine has six LED lighting heads and user safety is enhanced as there is only 48V power between the integral


generator and the lights. Compact dimensions enable up to 13 units to be loaded onto a typical delivery truck, and the X-Eco is designed to run for up to 200 hours before refuelling is required. It is also now available with an input socket so that it can be powered from a suitable outside source.


The company offers the X-Chain linkable light that can be powered from the mains or by a generator, and it has a patented braking system that activates if the mast cable should break. Also available is the X-Box static machine, targeted at events and other markets, which is offered in three versions: with or without a diesel generator, or as a battery powered variant.


Considerable investment has been made in computer-controlled machinery. 22


New for 2018, and which was one of the products selected for the Innovation Trail Live initiative at the Executive Hire Show, is the X-Eco Battery, which can run for up to 72 hours per charge for emission-free, silent operation. It was trialled extensively prior to launch by Illumin8 at noise-sensitive locations, and the hirer found it ideal for use at events, in areas near stages, car parks and access ways.


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