KELLY INTERNATIONAL UPGRADES FLEET WITH SCHMITZ CARGOBULL HEIGHT ADJUSTABLE TRAILERS

17 February 2015

Schmitz Cargobull has supplied 15 new S.CS MEGA curtainsider trailers with VARIOS Top Technology to Kelly International, giving the logistics provider total flexibility on its regular European deliveries.

Replacing 10 existing units and increasing the overall fleet size by a further five, the new 13.6m trailers offer all of the advantages of a regular curtainsider, combined with a roof which can be raised on one or both sides for forklift loading, or slid open for crane loading through the roof. A height-adjustable roof mechanism also enables the customer to take advantage of a 3m interior height thanks to the trailer’s roof being adjustable at the rear and bulkhead in 50 mm steps.

The versatility of this model – which meets the 4m overall running height regulations of trailers in mainland Europe – eliminates the need for vehicle swaps as the trailer can accommodate a capacity of up to 100m³.

The new trailers are also equipped with Joloda floors to allow easy unloading – one of Kelly International’s core markets is transporting newsprint from the UK to publishers in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, and the floors allow reels of paper to be easily slid in and out through the rear doors.

Martin Kelly, Managing Director, Kelly International, says: “We wanted to upgrade the whole fleet to ensure compliance with the new XL load security ratings, and our first choice was Schmitz Cargobull. We have been buying from Schmitz Cargobull for the past five years and we really appreciate the flexibility the trailers provide for our business.”

Kelly adds: “Being able to easily get support in the event of any problems is critical, and because our operations cover the whole of Europe, we need support to be available anywhere. Schmitz Cargobull has service centres across the Continent, so their network is there to back us up wherever we go.”

The trailers, with striking black curtains and silver signwriting, have been supplied on Cargobull Finance and bring Kelly International's trailer fleet to 27 – 25 of which are manufactured by Schmitz Cargobull.

Manufactured at Schmitz Cargobull’s state-of-the-art plant in Altenberge, Kelly International’s new S.CS MEGA curtainsiders incorporate a variety of extra features designed for trans-European operations, including ferry shackles and certification to EN 12642 XL. The trailers also incorporate anti-theft ropes and storage for Joloda rollers.

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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 €1.624 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.

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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 Public Relations
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.