Advanced Engineering 2018

Cross Border Deal on Composites for New Utility Vehicle

18 June 2010

Creative Composites has won a contract to design and manufacture components for a new multi-purpose utility vehicle developed by Dundalk-based Multihog Ltd.

Creative Composites will supply the complete range of interior and exterior body panels for the ground breaking vehicle. The Multihog MH90, now being marketed by the Co Louth manufacturer, is designed for a wide range of applications including ground maintenance, farming, hedge cutting and snow blowing. The four-wheel drive Multihog has lifting and towing capabilities and features scope for a wide range of attachments.

Jonathan Holmes, Commercial Director at Creative Composites, commenting on the latest contract won by the company, said: “We are delighted to be working with Multihog on what is a remarkable vehicle. Creative Composites was the ideal partner for this project as we used the latest engineering software and our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Lisburn to develop components. This technology allowed us to produce exterior panels and other interior components for Multihog in record time, a critical factor in the vehicle’s successful launch. Multihog has benefited from our expertise in the design and manufacture of composites for automotive industry leaders which allows us to supply robust but lightweight components”.

Ruth McAdam, Multihog Director, who set up the business with father Jim 18 months ago, said: “Multihog is the Swiss Army knife of multi-purpose vehicles. It was designed to offer local authorities and other operators a robust and highly innovative vehicle that would offer a total solution for a broad range of operations.

“The design and manufacturing know how that Creative Composites is providing has undoubtedly enabled us to bring the vehicle to market faster.

“Multihog is self-propelled, diesel powered and hydrostatically driven and its extreme versatility makes it the ideal choice for a wide variety of ground care and highway maintenance applications.

""The Multihog's tilting driver station, wide wheel base and low centre of gravity enable it to work on steep inclines and rough terrain not accessible by comparable equipment currently on the market, putting it in a class of its own.”

“What we have created, with support from Creative Composites, is a vehicle that can be adapted for varying tasks throughout the year whatever the weather and is financially a very attractive proposition for ground care and landscaping companies, local authorities and rental outlets, who will also value the emphasis put on driver safety and comfort,” she added.

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