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Commercial Body Fittings celebrates 50 years of success

Commercial Body Fittings celebrates 50 years of success

The UK’s leading wholesale supplier of vehicle bodybuilding components is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2020. Privately-owned Commercial Body Fittings Limited (CBF) distributes a vast range of products to UK and European bodybuilders and allied trades. As the largest UK distributor of bodybuilding components, the company is a first-choice supplier to vehicle bodybuilders, articulated trailer manufacturers and refrigerated truck builders, involving both OEM contracts and retrofitting for upgrades and repairs.

CBF operates from two strategically located distribution sites in the UK. Its headquarters is based in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire operating from a 26,000 sq ft office and warehousing facility. The company’s Midlands division is located on a 4.2 acre site in Coseley, ten miles from Birmingham and close to the heart of the UK’s motorway network. To cope with ever-increasing demand from customers throughout the UK and Europe, the Coseley administrative and warehouse complex was recently upgraded. Considerable investment by CBF saw the expansion of the existing 56,000 sq ft warehouse to its current size of 90,000 sq ft. This expansion has enabled CBF to increase its stockholding capacity and the company now holds in excess of 4,000 product lines which are available for immediate ex-stock delivery.

Within the expanded warehouse, the company has upgraded its in-house production facility. A modern workshop accommodates the custom manufacturing of Cool-Guard insulated bulkheads which allow temperature zoning in refrigerated trailers, trucks and vans. Cool-Guard bulkheads are now a regular feature in the vehicles of many major retailers and foodservice companies. With a growing customer base for this innovative product, CBF produces and supplies the bulkheads to specific requirements within seven to ten days.

Six months ago, CBF invested in a latest generation automated CNC routing machine which features state-of-the-art technology to ensure precision accuracy. This is essential during the production of Cool-Guard bulkheads, guaranteeing that the first one off the production line is exactly the same as the 100th.

In-house testing at the Coseley site includes the use of an Ascott salt spray cabinet for sections such as sideguard system components and mudguard stays and brackets in under-chassis locations. This equipment enables CBF to conduct salt spray tests that replicate hostile road and weather conditions found during winter months. During salt spray testing, clean compressed air atomises salt water into spray via the atomiser located inside the chamber.

The company’s 4000+ product lines are highlighted in CBF’s latest full colour catalogue. Widely acknowledged as the industry’s bible, the recently-published 9th edition comprises 325 pages detailing the comprehensive range of building and trailer manufacturing hardware products available. The catalogue highlights a wide range of Type Approved, E-Marked and EMC Approved products, and all products are approved to the appropriate Standards. Importantly, CBF is certificated for ISO9001:2015 quality management system.

In recent times, CBF has been keen to establish and implement an environmentally-friendly approach to its working practices. For example, the company has introduced a range of ‘healthier’ protective coatings on its extensive range of products. These high performance coatings not only meet stringent European-wide health and safety standards, but also ensure enhanced resistance to corrosion and contamination thereby increasing product performance and reliability.

Alongside this greener initiative, CBF has insisted upon a drastic reduction and, in many cases, a complete elimination of single-use plastic by its global suppliers. As a result, the use of plastic bags has been virtually eradicated with many products now arriving in a variety of recyclable boxes. 

Another recent move by CBF has been the introduction of its Just Say No campaign. This initiative is aimed at highlighting the company’s proven solution to the problem of rusty curtain tensioners. CBF’s range of Armour-Ten curtain tensioners are now supplied with Armour-Tech (AT600) surface coating which has been thoroughly salt spray tested for over 600 hours. The high specification of the Armour-Ten series also includes a square internal shaft plus a unique ‘direct’ drive ratchet that eliminates the need for a pin to attach a ratchet cog to a central drive shaft. The range also features a robust design with a four ‘click’ ratchet action, front and rear fixing options, a stainless steel grease nipple and, importantly, an extremely competitive price.

www.cbf.uk.com

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