trolleys are about to hit prime time TV - thanks to a link up between Warwick-based Wanzl
UK and programme makers Meridian TV.
The trolleys will be shown being tested to extremes at Wanzl's Leipheim laboratories in
Germany for Meridian's new series 'Tested to Destruction' on ITV on Monday 19 July at
The 'Tested to Destruction' series, being presented by Carol Vorderman, aims to
highlight what lengths leading manufacturers of products as diverse as shopping trolleys,
tennis rackets, baked beans, military aircraft, crash test dummies, footballs and body
armour have to go to prove strength and reliability.
Jason Cloke, Wanzl UK managing director, said:
"Wanzl UK is part of Wanzl, the world's largest manufacturer of shopping
equipment, including trolleys.
"We pride ourselves on the quality of our products - each trolley is expected to
cover around 2,00Okm a year with a 7-10 year average life expectancy. In order to achieve
that reliability, we put all trolley components and their finishes through extensive
testing to ensure they remain safe and reliable in even the most extreme conditions."
Castors were filmed being continually run over rough services. being stopped abruptly
at speed and running along a continually rolling road that contains a hump or kerb.
Trolleys are shown being tilted to demonstrate at what angle they will finally flip
over while basket strength is demonstrated by weights being dropped on the front ends.
Child seats undergo impact tests that involve weights being dropped on them and whole
trolleys are immersed in containers of salt water humidity to check for zinc oxidisation
or lacquer break down and corrosion resistance.
"Wanzl's success is underpinned by our research which has enabled nearly 2,000
high quality product ranges to be developed and sold across the world.
"Our reputation relies on high quality products and our research and testing
laboratories are second to none in the industry. Viewers will be truly amazed at what our
trolleys have to withstand. We apply the same strict quality and safety standards to
everything we produce.
"Last year Wanzl UK alone sold more than one million trolleys - now everyone will
be able to see why we are the world's leading manufacturer of retail equipment."