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Pritchard Tyrite and TRS Motorsport Equipment become a part of Certex - providing important stepping stone for market expansion

Wire ropes and lifting gear distributor, Certex UK, has acquired cargo control business Pritchard Tyrite and its sister-company TRS Motorsport Equipment in a deal that is expected to open up important market opportunities.

Best known for its range of lashings, curtainsider straps and tarpaulins, Pritchard Tyrite is one of the UK’s leading importers, manufacturers and distributors of cargo control equipment. Pritchard Tyrite’s focus on the transport sector neatly aligns with Certex’s wider focus on wire ropes and lifting gear in the offshore, ports, crane and other major markets.

Pritchard Tyrite’s sister company TRS Motorsport Equipment, in turn, is a manufacturer and distributor of FIA approved motorsport safety harnesses, road harnesses, vehicle accessories and carbon fibre products. TRS is a pioneer in motorsport safety with a distinguished history and a solid distribution network.

The acquired companies have an annual turnover of £3m and 17 employees at the head office in Basingstoke and manufacturing site in Huddersfield. They will be managed by Certex but also establish the first UK base for Certex’s sister-company, cargo securing products and services supplier, Forankra.

 “This is an exciting time for the business,” says Kevin Smith, Managing Director at Certex. “We have a strong and active acquisition programme and were delighted with the opportunity to help take Pritchard Tyrite and TRS forward. These businesses are already successful and bringing them aboard gives us the opportunity to look at new markets closely aligned to our existing business and develop our expertise in related sectors. It immediately opens up for an even more attractive offering, providing existing customers access to an extended range of products and services from Pritchard Tyrite, TRS, ourselves and from our sister-company Forankra,” adds Kevin Smith.

Managing director of Forankra, Erik Eklöv, reinforces the significance of the deal. “We are extremely pleased to be entering the UK market after building our presence in several other European countries over the past thirty years. The addition of Pritchard Tyrite to our European businesses will see us strengthening our cargo securing product offering, while bringing fresh opportunities to new and existing customers. TRS is well positioned for continued growth within their niche and also brings with them an important network of resellers. The teams at Pritchard Tyrite and TRS will benefit from the added support and investment that belonging to our Group will bring.”

Both Certex and Forankra are part of Axel Johnson International’s business group AxLoad. The parent company, Axel Johnson, is a $13bn turnover family business employing more than 22,000 people worldwide.

Certex has an extensive presence in Scandinavia, The Netherlands, the Baltics, Russia, Germany, as well as the UK. In addition to specialist lifting products, inspections and maintenance, its team is highly skilled in providing bespoke, high specification lifting services for the processing of steel wire rope assemblies to customers in the manufacturing, construction, renewable energy, offshore, oil, gas and shipping industries.

With its own manufacturing, operations in seven countries and an extensive reseller network, Forankra is today a leading European supplier of products, services and solutions for the lashing and securing of cargo within manufacturing, logistics, transports and for OEM-builders of trucks, ships, aircrafts and helicopters.

Concludes Kevin Smith: “Certex and Forankra are growing organically, but we also have a strong parent company behind us that encourages us to expand further. Together we place huge significance on sustainability and being an excellent corporate citizen. As is the case with both these deals, where there is an opportunity to take on and improve successful organisations in related industries, we will seize it and make the most of our commitment, experience and expertise.”

For more information, please contact.

Kevin Smith, Managing Director, Certex UK, +44 7718 625492,   

Erik Eklöv, Managing Director Forankra, +46 (0)70 320 29 39,




About Certex UK

Certex offers comprehensive solutions within lifting, steel wire ropes and related services. Our solutions are found throughout the UK; at construction sites, on cranes, in steel making as well as within the energy- and manufacturing industries.

In addition to world class brands of lifting and suspending equipment, we manufacture high specification lifting products at our specialist facilities in Scotland and England. We also offer testing solutions, inspections and certification, technical support, training and maintenance.

Founded in 1986, Certex today has annual sales of GBP 14 million and 125 employees at five locations in the UK. Together with our sister companies throughout Europe, we are part of Axel Johnson International’s business group AxLoad.


About Forankra

Forankra is a leading European supplier of products, services and solutions for cargo securing and cargo optimization for road, air and sea transports. We provide a full range of lashing and lifting products for cargo in transit; standardized off-the-shelf products or customized solutions tailored to fit specific needs.

Forankra has more than 30 years in the load securing business. Headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden, Forankra today has 230 employees, annual sales of EUR 60 million, its own production facility in Poland, local sales and distribution operations in seven countries and a reseller network throughout Europe. Forankra is part of Axel Johnson International’s business group AxLoad.

March 2015

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February 2015

Latest news from RHA Bulletin

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London ban on HGVs without safety features

From 1 September this year Transport for London will insist that vehicles over 3.5 tonnes coming into Greater London must have extra proximity mirrors and side guards fitted, or operators will face a maximum penalty of £1,000 and a reference to the Traffic Commissioners. The move comes after the consultation on the Safer Lorry Scheme last year. Speaking about the Safer Lorry Scheme, Mayor of London Boris Johnson commented, "We know that a large number of cyclist deaths and serious injuries involve a relatively small number of trucks and lorries that are not fitted with basic safety equipment. "Such vehicles are not welcome in the capital and the Safer Lorry Scheme will see them effectively banned from our streets.” 

18th October 2013


The Road Haulage Association is the largest and only UK trade association dedicated to road transport. Members include companies with small, medium and large fleets operating commercial vehicles for hire or reward or as an essential ‘tool’ to distribute or transport their own goods.  Being the voice of the UK transport industry and a not for profit organisation ran by our members for our members.

Pritchard Tyrite Ltd are pleased to be associated with the Road Haulage Association and looked forward to supporting their activities. In joining the opportunity has been taken to sign up with a number of the specialist groups that many of our customers are involved with. The HEAVY HAULAGE GROUP looks after the interests of hauliers whose main activity is the movement of abnormal indivisible loads.

The CARAVAN HAULIERS GROUP supports members specialising in the transportation of park homes, caravan holiday homes, caravans and boats. With the CAR TRANSPORTERS GROUP Pritchard Tyrite are able to support many of the industry’s leading operators in the UK and Europe.

27th February 2013

Latest HSE advise for Load Safety

The HSE website has a dedicated area for vehicle Load Safety. Simply follow this link to view other information. Alternatively simply open the date sheet below to find out specific details relating to webbing straps.                                                                                                              

8th August 2012

The latest special offer has been released by the Pritchard Tyrite sales team. This has been sent out to all customers, if you have not seen the mailer then simply load from the pdf below. If you have any questions please call or e-mail.


 2nd August 2012

New HSL load safety guides for drivers and operators


Unrestrained loads can increase the risk of vehicle rollover and load spillage as well as jeopardising the life of the driver and other road users.

Load shifts are without doubt a serious matter, but many of the injuries and deaths that happen as a result of them are entirely preventable. The Health & Safety Laboratory (HSL) – the centre for health and safety research and incident investigations – has published two straightforward, jargon-free guides aimed at professional drivers and operators in the transport and logistics sector.

These guides offer simple, straightforward advice on safe loading and transport in general haulage. They explain why loads can move during transit, and what you can do to stop it happening. They also set out what your legal responsibilities are as a driver or an operator, and outline what you can do to make sure you're complying with them.

Load Safe, Road Safe – A Professional Driver's Guide to Safe Loading (£15) and Transport and Transport Safety – An Operator's Guide to Safe Loading and Transport (£30) can be purchased from The Health & Safety Laboratory’s website.


 5th July 2012

Urgent supplier update

This time of year the agricultural suppliers and distributors are thinking of harvest time. Pritchard Tyrite Ltd are offering large discounts on the tarpaulins that you need. To view the special offer prices simply download the mailer by clicking on the item below.


21st May 2012

New web site launch

Pritchard Tyrite Ltd is excited to announce the launch of their new web site, which went live on Monday 21st May 2012.

The site is intended to be clean, uncluttered and most importantly, informative. The site is focused on providing accurate product information allowing buyers to make accurate informed purchasing decisions.

The new site is divided into three main sections: CARGO CONTROL, LIFTING SLINGS and TARPAULINS.

Communication is really simplified through QUICK ENQUIRY (left side navigation) or the ENQUIRY link on each product page - a quick response is promised.

The web site will be updated on a regular basis with product development and new product launches, news and promotional activities - regular visits are highly recommended.

Pritchard Tyrite Ltd hopes that you enjoy the site and will allow the company to be of service soon.


6th April 2012

Latest TEXTARP tarpaulin addition

Launched in April, the new silver and black 270gsm HD heavy duty polyethylene tarpaulin becomes the heaviest weight in the Pritchard Tyrite range. Adding extra strength and increased durability against the extensive current range of PE tarpaulins on offer from Pritchard Tyrite.

Supplied as a double colour sheet and benefiting from a superior 16 x 16 weave the TEXTARP HD range is ideally suited to the heavy construction, agricultural and many commercial applications.

Want to see a sample or need more information then call and speak to our sales team on 01256 400600. Alternatively contact us by e-mailing

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