This has been a quite long term project for us. Agri-Tel, a small company based in the South West wanted to resurrect the Matbro brand of telehandlers which were rated highly for their strength and reliability. They were the workhorse and favourite of many farmers and construction workers and their disappearance was mourned by many.
Alphatech has been tasked with designing 2 new loaders with the following brief: They must be strong, reliable, cost-effective to build, easy to maintain and have good sized cabs for easy access (essential for the farmer who would be constantly climbing in and out).
When the designs for the first prototypes were almost complete, a spanner was thrown into the works in the shape of new emissions regulations, which meant that the engines grew in size considerably. This meant extensive re-design work to accommodate the extra bulk.
The new prototype design has recently been completed and the first off prototype has been built. Testing of the prototype will begin shortly.