Labucon investigated alternatives to increase legal payloads for their fleet of trucks. In 2006 Labucon capitalised on the potential of aluminium and consequently Alutip (Pty) Ltd pioneered the development of aluminium tippers and trailers.

A study showed that the trend in Europe was to move towards aluminium as the material of choice in fabricating transport products for increased payloads and efficiencies. The use of aluminium had been well established in Europe and the track record of aluminium products proven over many years.

A search for suitable local suppliers of heavy duty, lightweight heavy duty aluminium tipper bodies did not deliver the desired outcome. The use of aluminium was not common practice in South Africa at the time and there was a general lack of experience and knowledge around the use of aluminium in the commercial transport market.

The company is situated in the centre of the Waltloo industrial hub in Pretoria. The factory has 9,700 m² under roof on property with a footprint of 22,777 m². Our manufacturing capabilities includes, amongst others, laser cutting, bending and robotic welding.

It started with a staff complement of 5 artisans building rigid body aluminium end tippers. Over the years the product offering extended to trailers, water tankers, interlink side tipper as well as leisure trailers. Today we have a staff compliment of 80 people.

Why Aluminium

Aluminium has been used in the transport with success in Europe since 1930 and has proved to have similar wear resistant characteristics as steel.