24-HOUR TRAILER DELIVERY SOLVES PREDICAMENT FOR UK HAULIER

Iver-based haulage company European UK Road Operations has taken delivery of a brand-new built-to-order curtainside trailer from Schmitz Cargobull – just hours after signing on the dotted line.

Managing Director Paul Bedwell faced a dilemma of needing a new tri-axle curtainsider at a moment’s notice, and telephoned Schmitz Cargobull’s local Area Sales Manager, Craig Kedda, to enquire about lead times.

“When Craig said he could build me a trailer within 24 hours I was blown away,” says Bedwell. “He solved my predicament in an instant. What’s more, the price was competitive, so I didn’t even bother ringing anyone else.”

Bedwell placed the order and completed the paperwork with Schmitz Cargobull on a Friday, before despatching a two-man crew on the Sunday night to collect the trailer. They arrived at the factory in Altenberge, Germany, on Monday morning, and then headed straight to Amsterdam to pick-up an important load.

He adds: “You know what you’re getting with a Schmitz Cargobull trailer. They’ve got a great reputation for being robust and reliable, plus you’ve got the reassurance of access to a whole network of service locations across Europe.”

Schmitz Cargobull’s Altenberge facility has the capacity to build up to 200 curtainsider trailers per day – giving the company significant scope for speedy deliveries and the ability to react to even large orders quickly. Altenberge is one of nine manufacturing sites in Europe alone.

Kedda explains: “We don’t build trailers for stock, but if a customer wants a standard specification trailer, we can normally build these in a matter of days, sometimes even hours.

“This puts us in a very strong position, particularly when so many UK trailer manufacturers are quoting several months to fulfil new orders.”

The new curtainsider is being used by European UK Road Operations primarily on exhibitions, television and film set work. It typically operates at gross train weights of between 24 and 38 tonnes, and is expected to remain on the fleet for up to 10 years.

It has been specified with plain grey curtains, adding a level of discretion which Bedwell says is preferred by many of his customers. Its sliding-roof also affords the flexibility of being able to load through the roof – a useful feature for a trailer which will spend a lot of its time on the Continent.

For further information about European UK Road Operations please contact Paul Bedwell on +44 (0) 7802 917 801 or by email to paul@euro-haulage.co.uk

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Editor’s notes:

Schmitz Cargobull (UK) is a subsidiary company of the German-owned Schmitz Cargobull Group, the biggest and leading manufacturer and supplier of semi-trailers in Europe. The Schmitz Cargobull Group has manufacturing plants in Germany, Spain, Lithuania and Russia and employs over 5,100 people. In the last financial year (2013/2014), Schmitz Cargobull had a turnover of approximately €1.625 billion and produced more than 45,300 trailers.

A number of additional services complete the company profile: Cargobull Finance for leasing and lease purchasing; Schmitz Cargobull Parts & Services for vehicle servicing and spare parts; Schmitz Cargobull Service Partners for repairs and maintenance; Schmitz Cargobull Telematics for trailer telematics and Schmitz Cargobull Trailer Store for used trailers. Schmitz Cargobull refrigerated units are constructed using the company’s FERROPLAST® Thermo Technology modular steel-skinned panels to keep loads at the desired temperature.

Visit Schmitz Cargobull UK’s dedicated online press room at http://news.cision.com/schmitz-cargobull

Press Contact UK:                                                                   

James Boley    

Garnett Keeler PR                                                         

Tel: 020 8647 4467

Email: james.boley@garnettkeeler.com

Company Contact Europe:

Gerd Rohrsen, Head of Corporate Communications

Silke Hesener, Manager Public Relations

Tel: +49 02558 811501

Email: silke.hesener@cargobull.com

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Schmitz Cargobull UK and Ireland is a subsidiary company of the German-owned Schmitz Cargobull Group. With an annual production of some 50,000 vehicles and around 5,100 employees, Schmitz Cargobull AG is Europe's leading manufacturer of semi-trailers, truck bodies and trailers for temperature-controlled freight, general cargo and bulk goods. A turnover of € 1.779 billion was reported in the 2015/2016 business year. As a pioneer in the industry, Schmitz Cargobull AG developed a comprehensive brand strategy early on and has consistently established quality standards spanning every level: from research and development, to production, to specialist services such as trailer telematics, financing, spare parts and used trailers.

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