The Knapheide Manufacturing Company revealed an all-new aluminum service body and aluminum platform body at the 2018 Work Truck Show.
The journey to building aluminum truck bodies required Knapheide to take a new approach to design, testing and manufacturing.
“When designing aluminum truck bodies, we knew that we had to have a solution that was no compromise in durability,” Chris Weiss, Vice President of Engineering, said. “That is why we took a clean sheet approach and dedicated our experienced engineers to create these designs.”
The all-new aluminum truck bodies were subjected to the most comprehensive testing program in Knapheide history. They were not only tested in the engineering lab, but also on dedicated proving grounds and in the field by real customers.
“Our customers expect their work trucks to be reliable and durable,” Mandar Dighe, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, said. “We knew we had to provide them with a product that would perform day in and day out.”
Knapheide invested in a state-of-the-art and highly automated manufacturing facility tasked to build the new aluminum truck bodies. The new facility employs innovative fabrication and assembly techniques for efficient manufacturing operations.