Trailparts began in 1995, where a local engineer building trailers couldn’t get fair prices on components from the NZ company that dominated the supply of them at the time. So parts sourcing from Australia began, and they were competitive enough that he was able to begin supplying other trailer builders as well. The commitment to fair priced components resonated well, and what started as a sideline components business was soon growing faster than the trailer building business. However, it also started to demand more time than he had for it, so that in 1997 it was sold to the Simpkin family, who retain 100% ownership of it to this day.
Strong growth continued throughout the early 2000’s, with a building move and then an addition taking place in 2005. At the same time, Trailparts started to move from a supplier that bought and sold components to one that developed and built them with improvements in usability and quality – innovation for the right reasons. This culminated in the release of the Autofit couplings – still a market leader today in its 3rd generation now – and Patriot hydraulic disc brakes, with hugely better performance and significantly lower ongoing maintenance costs.
In 2012 Trailequip were looking for a way to stand out from regular component importers. The decision to undergo a full re-brand was made and 'Trailparts' was born. In May 2019 we established our axle manufacturing following a strong demand for the innovations that we’d developed over the years and opened up our Australian facility.