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  Trailer manufacturer buys British and supports UK steel industry

Birmingham, UK, 2017 - Industrial and agricultural forging specialist Brockhouse announced a new commercial relationship with Bailey Trailers that will see Brockhouse supply tow hitches to the Lincolnshire-based trailer manufacturer. 

Bailey Trailers is a family-owned company manufacturing a range of trailers.  Total annual production is currently in excess of 1,200 units per year. The relationship will see Brockhouse supply a tow bar hitch for each trailer, alongside a small stock of spares.                                                    

Part of the OSSL Group, Brockhouse secured the contract after being able to deliver not only a cost competitive to Chinese alternatives, without sacrificing quality, but also faster, more agile response to changes in demand.  This is one of the key advantages of domestic suppliers in the UK.  To date, all delivery timetables have been met.  

Brockhouse has also been able to engineer changes to the tow bars, including the addition of the new Bailey Trailers logo.

“As a domestic manufacturer, we are proud to have a UK first policy for our supply chain, wherever possible,” said Michelle Chessum, company secretary, Bailey Trailers.  “This meant that when an opportunity arose to secure the same quality product at a comparative cost from Brockhouse, we were only too pleased to begin a new relationship.” 

“Two of the key advantages of a domestic supplier are faster responses and a closer relationship,” said Chris Hutton-Penman, chairman of the OSSL Group.  “UK manufacturing is beginning to revisit domestic suppliers in the wake of increased prices overseas and ever more fragile global supply chains.  Whilst the market for domestic forges has undeniably reduced, manufacturers such as Bailey prove that there is still space to compete for suppliers willing to go the extra mile.” 


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About Brockhouse

Established in 1885 as a spring and axle maker, Brockhouse is not only a name synonymous with the forging industry in the UK, but has also expanded its scope into added value processes such as machining, sub assembly, fabrication and worldwide sourcing of forged components. 

Brockhouse has a proven record for supplying a wide range of international companies within a variety of key markets, including, mining, railways, automotive, off-highway, defence, fluid power, materials handling and general engineering industries.

We are approved to BS EN ISO 9001:2008 and hold specific customer and industry approvals, demonstrating a commitment to quality control, continuous improvement and customer service throughout our organisation.

About OSSL Group

Founded in 2004, OSSL is a group focussing on steel based manufacturing in its widest sense. All group companies operate under the same culture of honesty and openness with all of our stakeholders. Owned by the two founders Peter Davies and Chris Hutton-Penman. OSSL is a group that is in a growth mode both organically and by acquisition. For more information please visit

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