Kane Engineering

Kane Trailers is a family run business established by the Kane brothers Noel and Colin in 1969, operating in Co. Down Northern Ireland. The birth of Kane Trailers was a follow on from the silage contracting business started in the 1940’s by their late father James Kane which continued to run until the late 1980’s. Our company pride themselves on the quality of design and manufacture of our products. This attention to detail allowed us to become and continue to be a dominant driving force in the market for over 43 years with more than 15,000 units produced. Although only a medium sized company our skilled workforce witness their produce being sold in many continents across the globe allowing the brand to continually strengthen. Kane Trailers have a large product portfolio which provides models for both agricultural and construction sectors, some of the most renowned products are the silage trailers and lowloaders.

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1 Hillhead Road , Co Down , Northern Ireland BT24 8LB United Kingdom

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Globally (various continents)

This company also provides solutions for other industrial applications.
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Noel and Colin still have farming close to their heart and continue to run their own farms. These farms operate parallel to the manufacturing business and include a combined 800ac of arable land and a poultry unit. This allows us at Kane Trailers to identify needs and test performance of trailers prior to any new products coming to the market.


Engineering has always been in the Kane Family with Noel and Colin’s Great Grandfather being a blacksmith but it was agricultural contracting where the brothers first business started. Taking over from the late James Kane who contracted from the 1940s the silage contracting grew through the 60s 70s and 80s until sold in 1988.

Looking back at this time a few landmarks stand-out such as the importing of one of the first self-propelled harvested into Northern Ireland in 1977, a New Holland 1880. Purchasing a new New Holland 1895 in 1979 from Stevenson Bros, Lisburn. New Holland 1895 lifting grass in 1979 along side generation two kane silage trailer and muir-hill.

Kane Trailers was conceived in 1969 on the 5.5ac site it remains today. Since then the company has specialised in agricultural trailers, namely silage trailers. Although there had been many other products manufactured by Kane Engineering, these include rotary manure spreaders, rollers, tankers and the Kane Lightfoot which was a LGP buggy used in the agricultural and civil engineering sectors to reach remote locations.

1985 marked the release of the patended fully automatic silage door latch which won numerous prizes as it was a major step forward in trailer door design. Now that the patend has expired this exact design features on most brands of silage trailers manufactured.