Compared to regular lumber decking, Blackwood has less vibration en route and because of its rubber, offers a more forgiving working surface that acts like a cushion and will “give” unlike the scraping and damage that would occur on plain wood surfaces.
“It is hard to believe that we are still using plain wood as trailer decks in 2015 with all of the advancements in trailer manufacturing. I’ve been in the decking and flooring industry for over ten years, and I can see that traditional lumber is outdated. It lacks traction where you need it most,” says Kyle Gillin, Director of Industrial Wood Technology, Inc.
Trailers are no longer limited to basic, simple flatbeds in one color and one flooring option. The industry has expanded similarly to the automotive industry and offers its customers a wide variety of customizable options and choices when it comes to nearly every aspect of the product. Flooring choices are no exception to the options to customize, and Blackwood offers a sleek black look, load securement options, a tactile surface and a more user-friendly surface.
“The deck of a trailer is a unique, often overlooked, part of the trailer industry. While the deck is only about 10% of the total cost of the trailer, it makes up closer to 80% of what the trailer uses and what is seen. It is a core functional part of a trailer that sees all of the loading, unloading and weight bearing. Decks see a lot of action and deserve more attention,” said Gillin.
With the positive reception of Blackwood Classic, Industrial Wood Technology is excited to announce that more products are in the works and one is to be released in 2016.
“We are very excited to expand our line and give the trailer industry more decking options to choose from,” said Gillin.
“I understand that NATM members strive to improve the safety and quality of their trailers, and by expanding their product line to include more tactile, durable decking with Blackwood, these trailer manufacturers can help improve the products they are offering their customers,” said Gillin.
The Blackwood Classic technology is not limited to only decking, but has also been used on boat docks, decks, handicap and loading ramps as well as truck beds because of the increased safety the product offers for inclined surfaces.
For more information about Blackwood Lumber, contact Industrial Wood Technology at (844) 731-1909.