Fergus Arden -
8 in UK, 6 in Germany + 20 factory
Fergus Arden -
Rola-Trac, an easy-to-lay, linking flooring, has
proved its versatility since the company was set
up in 1999, used for anything from marquees to
army tents and field hospitals to music festivals.
And in the past year the company, founded by
former mechanic Fergus Ardern, has seen rapid
growth in Europe and renewed demand in the UK.
As well as the original Rola-Trac, Mr Ardern has
developed sister product Supa-Trac, which can be
used as a temporary road surface, spreading the
weight of vehicles without damaging the ground
below. Light-weight versions of the products have
also been developed, along with a light-weight
barrier called Banzai, I-Float, a modular pontoon
system, I-Trac, which enables vehicles to traverse
soft ground, and Terra-Bolt, a product used to
anchor objects securely in place.
In the past year, the prolific inventor has also
designed a large modular fluid tank which can be
shipped on a few pallets and assembled in less than
The company is now made up of design and
manufacturing business Rola-Trac, a temporary
roadway rental firm called Terra-XS and Rola-Trac
Deutschland, a rental and sales outlet in Europe.
Mr Ardern said: “Rola-Trac has had a good year.
There has been no major growth in the UK, more of
a consolidation, but we are growing at an incredible
pace in Europe. Our German business doubled its
turnover and is still heading upwards at an amazing
rate, with an insatiable appetite for new stocks.
“The UK is now picking up again and we are
increasing our rental stocks as fast as we can.”