A company which has developed a cutting-edge product for truck trailers has secured distribution throughout Australia.
Intelligent Trucking Solutions – run by Phil Busby and his father Phil Busby (senior) - has developed ‘Velocity Drive’ a ground-breaking electronic landing leg for trailers which allows drivers to raise and lower the legs at the touch of a button.
The business is based in the Bridge Innovation Centre (BIC) in Pembroke Dock, run by Pembrokeshire County Council.
“Velocity Drive is the world’s leading automatic landing leg solution and is an absolute necessity on any working trailer,” said Phil.
“It halves the time spent hitching and unhitching the trailer, allowing the truck to spend less time dormant on the road, and reducing driver injuries and fatigue.
“It fuses the most advanced technology with military-grade components and is the result of years of research and development.”
The Velocity Drive is a modern version of a product invented some 30 years ago by Phil Busby senior – an air-operated landing leg system called the Buzz-Lift which was distributed in Britain and Australia.
The new product has been developed with the aid of another business based in the Bridge Innovation Centre – electronic engineers The Torquing Group.
Phil said the association had been very successful. “We have used The Torquing Group as consultants, and they have developed the Electronic control interface,” he said.
“We have benefitted hugely by establishing our new business venture at the BIC, there is so much going on here all the time. It’s been very good for networking, gaining contacts and support.”
The landing legs have already undergone rigorous field tests and are currently in production at the BIC. When completed, they will be dispatched to Sydney for distribution by market-leaders JOST Australia.
“In Australia, there is clearly a distribution market for these, which is expanding very quickly. The main market we are aiming to crack is America. With the right distributors there could be very exciting opportunities ahead,” said Phil. “We are a team of five but are hoping to expand that in the very near future.”
Cllr David Pugh, Cabinet Member for Economy and Tourism, said he was exceptionally impressed with the Velocity Drive.
“It’s a product of global interest,” he said. “The engineering behind it, the technology and the applications are superb. It takes 25 revolutions of the handle to drop the landing leg by one inch, and this does it by the press of a button. It’s very clever engineering.”
He added that the collaboration between Intelligent Trucking Solutions and the Torquing Group was certain to produce phenomenal results.
“It shows well the concept of the Bridge Innovation Centre is working,” he said. “The range of ideas and technology shared between them is amazing. The opportunities are huge.
“Congratulations to the company for bringing the product to market. I am sure it is going to be a success.”
For more information, view www.velocitydrive.comPictured are Phil Busby, Phil Busby senior and Cllr David Pugh with one of the ‘Velocity Drive’ electronic landing legs, currently in production at the Bridge Innovation Centre.