About Us



Our principal, Garry Cowan has had a long association with transport equipment going back 40 years.  Garry started life as a Diesel Mechanic and after completing his apprenticeship went straight into another as an Engineer.

In 1986 Garry had a chance meeting with a transport operator, Paul Balneaves, and later started with his company as the sole engineer. Two years later Garry agreed to lease the Engineering and Truck repair divisions of Paul's company. From that moment, all of Garry’s thoughts and innovations were able to be put into practice.





Garry's reputation was quick to grow, and extensions were soon required to house an expanding mechanical and engineering business. Garry soon became acknowledged as a leading pioneer of 'Lightweight Trailer' technology for the construction of high tensile steel fabricated trailers, a reputation that still exists today.

After 13 years Garry made the move to Canterbury and Cowan Trailers Ltd was born in Rangiora.  Garry continues to use his philosophy of 'Innovation', the use of proven designs, attention to detail second to none and a willingness to create complete customer satisfaction. 


Our team is constantly challenged to think outside the square and create products that will work exceptionally well for your business and give you the Commercial Advantage needed in today’s challenging climate.