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Borcat Trailers helps decarbonise industrial transport sector with Capral LocAl Green aluminium

By choosing to use Capral Aluminium’s LocAl® Green products, Borcat Trailers is setting a sustainable standard for Australia’s transport industry

Australia’s vast and varied landscape relies on the transport sector to connect communities and cover the long distances that separate cities and regions. With trucks being such a vital part of the nation’s transport network, the need to meet environmental sustainability targets and decarbonise the sector has grown.

Australian trailer manufacturer Borcat Trailers has recognised this necessity by taking a significant step towards sustainability after embracing Capral Aluminum’s LocAl® Green lower-carbon aluminium.

With a renowned presence in the Australian trailer manufacturing industry, Borcat has built its reputation on quality, durability and innovation. As part of its commitment to reduce its environmental footprint, it has partnered with Capral Aluminium to set a new standard for extruded aluminium supplied into the business.

Borcat Trailers has gone with Capral’s two LocAl® lower carbon aluminium options in the LocAl® Green, which has carbon emissions of eight kilograms per kilogram of aluminium, and the LocAl®Super Green with four kilograms of CO2 emissions per kilogram of Aluminium.

With emissions that are among the lowest in aluminium products available globally, Capral Aluminium general manager of industrial and supply chain Luke Hawkins says both products in Capral’s LocAl® range are lower than the current global average carbon emissions for primary aluminium at roughly 13.9 kilograms of emissions per kilogram of aluminium.

“At eight kilograms of carbon emissions per kilogram of aluminium, the LocAl Green offer has significantly lower carbon emissions than the current global average for primary aluminium,” Hawkins says.

“At four kilograms, LocAl Super Green is 75 per cent lower, which is a significant reduction. It gives Australian manufacturers an important opportunity to make more responsible procurement decisions when they source extruded aluminium.”

Alongside offering products with lower carbon emissions, Capral has also become the first and only ASI-certified aluminium extruder in Australia. This recognition means it provides customers with the added assurance that the aluminium it supplies is responsibly sourced and managed at every stage of the aluminium value chain, from mining and refining to extrusion and supply.

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Borcat Trailers decided to switch to LocAl® Green in order to meet a broader trend within the Australian transport sector of using more sustainable products.

Borecat Trailers owner Paul Gallagher says global climate change pressures mean the transport industry has to re-evaluate traditional manufacturing processes and materials to reduce emissions and minimise environmental impact.

“Over the years, Borcat Trailers has prioritised pioneering new technology as trailer designs and industry demands changed. The end result is that Borecat is recognised for delivering high-quality trailers that are built to last, leading to our reputation in the industry for producing the best truck bodies, dogs and tip-over-axle trailers on the road,” Gallagher says.

“Aluminium has many advantages in trailer manufacturing; durability and lightweight are major ones, particularly now that, as an industry, we are looking for ways to decarbonise. A lighter weight trailer is more efficient to tow and allows operators to maximise their payload.

“Now, with access to LocAl Green from Capral, Borcat can deliver all the benefits of an aluminium trailer while drastically reducing the embodied carbon associated with the build. This is super important for our clients, particularly those who are managing large fleets or servicing the infrastructure space, where decarbonisation has become a top priority.”

The transport sector is a main contributor to Australia’s total carbon footprint, with vehicles and equipment used in the industry relying on fossil fuels and other pollutants. On top of using Capral’s latest LocAl® Green aluminium range, Borcat Trailers is also exploring other avenues to reduce its environmental footprint, including investing in energy-efficient manufacturing processes, optimising supply chain logistics and actively recycling its waste.

Gallagher says a holistic approach to sustainability will help it establish a new standard for environmentally responsible manufacturing in the transport industry. For Borcat Trailers, sustainability is both a moral imperative and a business opportunity.

“Clients are increasingly demanding eco-friendly products and services, and companies that fail to adapt risk being left behind,” Gallagher says.

The decision to embrace Capral Aluminium’s LocAl® Green product is a significant milestone for both businesses, with Borcat Trailers setting an example for the Australian trailer and transport industry to follow.

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