UK manufacturer Tracked Carriers has appointed Ben Dobson as business development manager
In his new role he will be responsible for strengthening relationships with existing dealers while also expanding the company’s distributor network.
Dobson began his career as a service engineer with truck mounted platform rental company Orion Access in 2005. After four years with the company he moved to Nationwide Platforms to move into internal sales as a hire desk clerk/dispatcher. In 2011 he was recruited by Facelift Access as a sales manager but left after two years to join MBS which was expanding, setting up its spider lift rental operation as a separate business. Dobson was initially hire manager but the following year the separate company was formed and he became a director and minority shareholder. The company acquired the Spiderlift business from Steve Hadfield in 2018 and just over a year ago MBS Access was acquired by AFI with Dobson leaving to go his own way.
Tracked Carriers, as its name suggests, manufactures machines that transport materials across site or in industrial settings in order to reduce manual handling. They are often equipped with small loader cranes to help load and unload. The company was established in 2017 and manufactures its machines in Essex. According to founder and owner Tom Cannon it now exports around 75 percent of its production. “We thought the domestic UK market would be our major source of income, but exports have really taken off thanks to the hard work of our dealers,” he adds.
“We are delighted to bring Ben on board, he has a huge amount of knowledge of tracked machines and brings that business development skill-set that we need for future growth. We’ve got some fantastic dealers already in Australia and here in Europe, but there is a untapped potential in other markets and I’m confident that Ben can help us to fulfil that potential.”
Dobson said: “I’ve known Tom for 11 years and remember him telling me about his plans for Tracked Carriers before he’d even built the first machine. It’s been amazing to watch it grow from that seed of an idea into a fully fledged product range that is made in Britain. Minimising manual handling brings big benefits for a wide range of contractors as it is simply quicker and safer to do it using Tracked Carriers. This is a niche product, but that niche is substantial and is growing all the time. If we can keep bringing the right dealers on board, provide them with quality products a high level of support, then our destiny is really in our own hands.”
Tracked Carriers will be exhibiting at Vertikal Days in May, should you be interested in taking a look at the products and meeting the team.