Steelbro sidelifters head to Iraq

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CHRISTCHURCH, N.Z. — Steelbro New Zealand announced it has secured a multi-million dollar order for the immediate supply of its Self Loading Trailers (SLT), or Sidelifters, for use in rebuilding war-torn Iraq.

After an initial enquiry to one of its U.S. distributors, Steelbro received an order from an unnamed source in Kuwait. Steelbro Managing Director, Peter Batcheler, said an order for a significant number of units was placed after an intense period of negotiation.

"The order is a very large one for this type of product," said Batcheler. "Despite an urgent delivery requirement we were able to supply the order on time. We had a large number of units available from our international stock, while some were diverted from current production in Christchurch."

A Steelbro Sidelifter is a purpose built semi-trailer chassis on which a specially designed set of cranes are mounted to lift and transport shipping containers of various types, sizes and weights. A Sidelifter has the ability to shift containers between a number of transport systems e.g. truck to train, truck to truck or truck to ground.

"Sidelifters deliver a range of options that make them ideal for Military-style logistics applications," said Batcheler.

Steelbro has also recently fulfilled a significant order for Sidelifters from the Czech Army. The company also conducts ongoing servicing programmes in Europe for units owned by U.S. and Nato forces.

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