Cartwright Tiger Trailers heritage history Altrincham Alan Stanley


Tiger Trailers is built upon a strong family history of manufacturing trailers and rigid bodies for the commercial vehicle sector. Former Joint Managing Directors and now Executive Directors, John and Steven Cartwright, each bring more than 35 years of experience in the industry, with the Cartwright family’s manufacturing heritage playing a major role in the culture and approach they have instilled in Tiger Trailers today.

Alan Cartwright, the much-loved father of John and Steven, began building timber-framed vehicle bodies in 1952, alongside his father, Stanley Cartwright, under the name S. Cartwright & Sons. Alan grew the business throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s . It soon became well known for designing and building quality bodywork and was well respected in the industry.
John and Steven worked alongside their father, joining the business in 1983 and 1984 respectively, and for 30 years continued to help build the company into a major UK manufacturer. Alan sadly passed away in 2011. In 2014 John and Steven left the business and founded Tiger Trailers, with a vision to create the most advanced trailer and bodywork manufacturing facility in the UK.

Alan Cartwright, the father of Tiger Trailers' founders

Alan Cartwright, the father of Tiger Trailers’ founders, Steven and John

One of Alan’s 1960s coach-built bodies

One of Alan’s 1960s coach-built bodies

A Williams Bros. curtainsider trailer from the 1980s

A Williams Bros. curtainsider trailer from the 1980s


Tiger Trailers history - first original factory 16 Road One Winsford Industrial Estate Cheshire now Gerflor

2014 Production begins, including innovative double deck trailers for B&M, as Tiger's apprentice scheme also commences

APRIL: Tiger Trailers moves into its new factory in Winsford, Cheshire. The five-acre site, previously a distribution centre, was transformed into the modern manufacturing facility that Tiger customers see today.

MAY: Tiger’s Apprenticeship Scheme, developed alongside Mid-Cheshire College, is established.

JUNE: Tiger welcomes the first members of its production staff.

AUGUST: Production begins

OCTOBER: The first trailers roll off the production line for CM Downton.

DECEMBER: Tiger’s first double deck trailers are delivered to B&M.

Tiger Trailers history - AO Appliances household name customer double deck wedge

2015 An industry first, and commissions from more household names

MARCH: After a successful trial, Tiger supplies its innovative double deck wedge trailer into’s fleet. Able to accommodate double stacked white goods on both decks, it’s an industry first.

JULY: Tiger produces its first longer semi-trailers for W. E. Rawson.

AUGUST: Tiger delivers its first rigid body for TNT.

OCTOBER: With 150 employees and more than 1,000 trailers and bodies on the road, Tiger Trailers celebrates its one-year manufacturing anniversary.

Tiger Trailers history - UK 52 pallet double deck wedge HGV articulated semi

2016 52-pallet moving double deck trailer introduced

SEPTEMBER: Tiger increases its apprentice intake, with more than 20 apprentices based out of the Winsford factory.

NOVEMBER: Tiger releases the UK’s first 52-pallet capacity moving deck double deck trailer.

Tiger Trailers history - 247 Aftercare breakdown repair servicing MoT maintenance

2017 Aftercare launched as Tiger shortlisted for award and eyes expansion

FEBRUARY: Tiger 24/7 is launched, providing a dedicated aftersales service.

APRIL: Tiger Trailers unveils plans for the UK’s most advanced trailer and commercial vehicle body manufacturing facility, due to open in 2019.

SEPTEMBER: Tiger Trailers’ patented double deck trailer design for is shortlisted for the Innovation category at the MT Awards 2017

Tiger Trailers history - Deck Pod loading bay warehouse solutions HGVs

2018 Tiger Trailers Deck Pod launched as new factory build commences

FEBRUARY: Tiger Trailers joins the Northern Powerhouse Partnership.

MARCH: Tiger finishes the installation of its first ‘Tiger Trailers Deck PodTM’ – a specialist double deck loading solution.

JUNE: Construction work begins on new factory.

DECEMBER: New factory completes ready for manufacturing.

Tiger Trailers history - move to new factory

2019 Life begins at Tiger's new home, Lightweight Clearspan Curtainsider Design born

JANUARY: Tiger Trailers relocates to its new £22 million home, a 20-acre site featuring a 168,000 sq.ft. manufacturing and office facility under one roof.

APRIL: Tiger Trailers and Tata Steel partner to develop new Lightweight Clearspan Curtainsider Design.

AUGUST: Tiger Finance launched to provide tailored financial solutions.

OCTOBER: Now with 250 employees and more than 6,000 trailers and bodies on the road.

DECEMBER: Apprenticeships increase to 35 and are recognised by the Alan Cartwright Foundation Awards.

Tiger Trailers history - refrigerated temperature controlled Lecitrailer reefer launched 2020

2020 Finance, Rentals & Refrigeration introduced

JANUARY: Tiger Rentals is launched, offering short and long-term rental on our full product range.

APRIL: Siberian temperature-controlled range launched

JUNE: Tiger increases its market share of double deck manufacture with orders including many major retailers and parcel operators.

Tiger Trailers Safety Team school children road safety community - home accordion

2021 Tiger's CSR, safety and charity initiatives launch

AUGUST: Tiger Trailers begins supporting Veterans Into Logistics at a key time for the road transport sector.

SEPTEMBER: Tiger Trailers joins Chesire Community Foundation as a member of the Cheshire 100, to support charities, organisations and people in local communities.

OCTOBER: Tiger Trailers become a corporate sponsor of leading road safety charity. Brake.

NOVEMBER: Tiger Safety Team and its 'STOP, LOOK, BE SEEN' free road safety programme for school children launches, with endorsement from Volvo Trucks, charity Brake, and Thomas Hardie Commercials.

DECEMBER: Tiger Parts' ecommerce platform goes live, offering greater ease and flexibiity for component purchases.

Tiger Trailes tree planting per trailer THG Eco More Trees

2022: A new MD, ESG projects implemented, and CSR work recognised in a record financial year

JANUARY: Ed Booth, formerly Tiger Trailers' Finance Director, appointed as Managing Director, as co-founders John and Steven Cartwright become Executive Directors alongside the third founder, David Williams, previously of Great Bear.

FEBRUARY: Mulgrew Haulage of Ireland receives 200 curtainsiders from Tiger Trailers as it changes supplier.

JUNE: Tiger Trailers Manufacturers forty box van trailers for international retailer Primark within just three months as the firm switches 3PL.

SEPTEMBER: Tiger Trailers joins the More Trees scheme by THG Eco, which sees a tree planted for each new product ordered from the manufacturer, as part of its ESG initiatives.

OCTOBER: Alison Cartwright, Tiger Trailers' CSR Manager, accoladed runner-up in the Kevin Storey Award for Outstanding Commitment to Road Safety category, sponsored by Samsara, at Brake’s UK Fleet Champions Awards 2022, in recognition of her work in setting up the Tiger Safety Team.

DECEMBER: Tiger Trailers end the financial year with record turnover surpassing £90 million, as production output grew by almost 40%.

Tiger Trailers history - exhibitors at Road Transport Expo 2023 Stoneleigh DVV

2023 Another year in which Tiger Trailers continues to grow in all areas

FEBRUARY: Tiger Trailers begins supporting The Prince's Trust charitable organisation and its TEAM work placement programme.

JUNE: Tiger Trailers exhibits at Road Transport Expo at Stoneleigh Park, an event from DVV.

JUNE: Tiger Trailers joins Women In Transport as it strives to encourage more women to join the vital haulage industry.

Tiger adds refrigerated temperature controlled fridge rigid bodywork truck chassis to its Siberian range 2024 timeline

2024: Tiger further strengthens its product range

JANUARY: Rigid fridges are added to Tiger's Siberian range of temperature controlled products. The initial batch of twenty-five 18-tonne solutions built on Renault Trucks chassis were destined for use by a leading UK dairy on a retail milk contract via one of the world's largest 3PLs. Tiger's fridge rigid range will go on to span 3t to 26t rigids throughout 2024 and beyond.