When Bennington Carriages was looking for a new aluminium profile 30 years ago, they made the initial call to Sapa Profiles and have been using Sapa aluminium on their carriage manufacture ever since.
A small, family-run company, but with an impressive history steeped in royal connections and competitive success, Bennington Carriages was assisted by Sapa as the business grew and they made the leap from using a county blacksmith to aluminium fabricators.
Bennington Carriages, Britain’s foremost horse drawn carriage manufacturer, has been making carriages for competition and pleasure driving for around 40 years. Originally, competitors wanted heavy wheels on carriages, to stop the carriages from turning over.
Over the years, engineering improvements have meant that the carriage designs have changed significantly, but Bennington strive to keep the traditional aesthetic that is synonymous with horse drawn carriages, and Sapa was indispensable in making this a reality.
Patron of the sport, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh awarded the royal warrant to the company in 1979 that Bennington still holds today. In fact, Bennington was advised by Prince Philip to try and make wheels as light as possible to stop carriages turning over.
With this new approach in mind, aluminium seemed like the obvious solution. In addition to the recognised benefits of aluminium, such as being lightweight and strong, it also allows Bennington to produce an aluminium wheel that replicates the shape and sections of a traditional wooden one.
These days, carriages seldom turnover thanks to the design improvements over the years coupled with the aluminium wheels which allow for much faster and safer acceleration.