LEADING THE WAY IN CHASSIS DEVELOPMENTS
We look at how Gateway Chassis Services are revolutionising future potential in the park and leisure home industry.
With bases in Hull and Northampton, we design and manufacture a range of chassis for caravan holiday homes, leisure lodges, residential park homes and modular buildings.
BENEFIT OF INVESTMENT
As one of the leading park and leisure home chassis suppliers in the UK we have invested heavily in plant and equipment streamlining their processes with more investment planned. This has particularly for a galvanised chassis, making this option more accessible for buyers in coastal locations who would benefit most from extra protection against corrosion and the elements. So, while this investment has streamlined our own processes, it’s mainly the manufacturers, parks and eventual homeowners that will benefit.
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
There are often many hundreds of component parts making up your home or holiday home, but few buyers could be expected to know what they’re looking at with a chassis, so will need to rely on the skills, knowledge and reputation of the manufacturer to have confidence that the home is built on the firmest foundations possible.
Critically, here at Gateway Chassis Services we also have a unique research and development arm that has also enabled them to work with manufacturers, parks and industry innovators to help with projects of any size and scope where an additional level of expertise is required to help unlock the potential on developments, such as waterside plots, multi-level terrain and innovative build projects new to the market.
CREATING UNIQUE SELLING POINTS
This is where it pays to choose suppliers carefully. Manufacturers looking at their longer-term ambitions and market positioning with a mind to creating their own unique selling points with their models may want to ensure that their chassis provider can not only meet the current requirement but go a step further. They will need to help deliver exciting projects in the future that will help give their partner manufacturers a great winning edge.
Although creative projects may or may not be mainstream production for even the biggest manufacturers currently, they may well become bread-and-butter business in the future for some in the mid-longer term.
Managing Director Chris Ramsden said; “At the moment the focus is on consistent, timely output. We have invested heavily in people and process improvement so when the market calms down a bit we’ll no doubt see more of those innovations hit the marketplace again and that will bring fresh design, subtle but important modifications and innovation impetus to the marketplace.”
He continued; “In an industry where change is sometimes difficult to push through, we can make sure our customers are supported and ready for the next sea change and one step ahead of it. Our research and development arm is there to support our manufacturing customers whatever their needs and future ambitions – a service we believe goes over and above that offered elsewhere”
Gateway Chassis Solutions’ I-Beam chassis is a classic example of Gateway Chassis’ continued commitment to value-added, value-engineered technology – rather than just throwing more steel at the chassis and adding cost without benefit, this technology delivers the optimum solution for each purpose while also ensuring the chassis is ultimately cost-efficient.
As a cutting-edge chassis supplier, Gateway is also naturally forging ahead on environmental initiatives, such as analysis of our environmental impact and energy consumption levels, and we’ll be reporting further soon about some of the new measures we’ve been taking to reduce their carbon footprint.
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
This steely determination and continuous investment in innovation, people and future technologies has already meant significant growth for this chassis supplier over the past couple of years, making them ones to watch for the next cost-saving innovation in chassis design and manufacturing.
As truly forward-thinking chassis manufacturers they will no doubt not only play a major park in the industry moving forward in the years to come, but we can safely predict that many of the most exciting projects we’ll see in the future may well be built from a Gateway Chassis base.