New trailer concept

If Martin Marietta Composites is correct, trailer buyers in the future will be eager to know more about GFRP, the continuous Glass-Fiber Reinforced Polymer that will be used to make virtually all components of their new trailers except for the king pin, running and landing gears, and a few fasteners. According to the company, trailers made of GFRP have many advantages, including durability, corrosion

If Martin Marietta Composites is correct, trailer buyers in the future will be eager to know more about GFRP, the continuous Glass-Fiber Reinforced Polymer that will be used to make virtually all components of their new trailers — except for the king pin, running and landing gears, and a few fasteners.

According to the company, trailers made of GFRP have many advantages, including durability, corrosion resistance and a superior strength-to-weight ratio over metals. In addition, they are easier to repair.

The first model to be available from Martin Marietta Composites will be a 50-ft., live-floor, transfer trailer with a weight of 12,800 lb., a capacity of more than 132 cu. yd., and a GVWR of 68,000 lb.

Production is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2003 at the manufacturing facility in North Carolina.

www.martinmarietta.com.

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