Garage Carrosserie Antoine NV in Geraardsbergen has already operated as the European-approved truck manufacturer ATK for many years. At the start of the 1990s Antoine Van Wonterghem responded to the demand for trucks with a low loading platform. This development is still continuing.
A dropcase was initially developed for the Renault Midliner, and now for the Renault Trucks D2.1, to create a frontwheel drive truck. This adaptation makes it possible to install a much lowered chassis at the rear. The loading floor is completely flat due to the use of cylinder profiles for the chassis and a step-in height of up to less than 30cm is achieved.
The concept has been able to count on international interest thanks to its excellent reputation. The lowered undercarriage is primarily used in niche sectors such as market, podium and promotional vehicles where a low loading floor is needed. The ATK design office works closely with the management of Renault Trucks on the development of these trucks. The vehicles are equipped with the most progressive technologies and satisfy the strictest standards in terms of safety and operating security. The factory in Blainville supplies trucks which are completely adapted to ATK’s requirements. The lowered chassis and adapted transmission are mounted in Geraardsbergen. The concept is internationally protected by a patent.