SCANIA SELECTS SCHMITZ CARGOBULL FOR DRIVER TRAINING
2 March 2015
Schmitz Cargobull has supplied four 13.6m box body trailers to Scania (Great Britain) Limited, for use in its driver training department.
The S.KO FP25 trailers are part of a refreshment and expansion programme, bringing the total number of training trailers in Scania’s training fleet to six. The Schmitz Cargobull trailers have been deployed across the UK, with individual assets operating from training sites in Avonmouth, Purfleet, Worksop, Newbridge, Milton Keynes and Glasgow.
Scania is using the trailers to train new C+E drivers, which is becoming a growth market as more 3PLs seek to invest in ‘warehouse to wheels’ schemes to tackle an industry-wide driver shortage.
Mark Agnew, Driver Development Manager, Scania (Great Britain) Limited, says: “We selected Schmitz Cargobull because the build quality is so good and we know we can rely on them for support and maintenance. We plan to run these trailers for 10 years so we need to be able to trust they will last. Plus, we know that Schmitz Cargobull trailers have a great residual value, so they are extremely cost-effective for our business.”
Agnew adds: “We also want to train drivers on hardware that we know will be in use for years to come, so Schmitz Cargobull trailers are ideal for ensuring our trainees are familiar with commonly-used assets.”
The box trailers, built at Schmitz Cargobull’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Vreden, come equipped with a range of standard equipment, including ferry shackles and load restraint tracks inside the cargo area.
The trailers also feature Schmitz Cargobull’s own ROTOS running gear, and incorporate the standard galvanised and bolted chassis, which is lighter than a conventional chassis, and more durable and easier to repair in the event of damage.
Scania (Great Britain) Limited trains approximately 1,000 drivers each year for a variety of customers. Training takes place on vehicles in a semi-loaded state – each of the new Schmitz Cargobull trailers will carry a payload of up to eight tonnes.
Schmitz Cargobull also supports Scania’s Young European Truck Driver competition. With its final staged at Scania’s headquarters in Södertälje, Sweden, the event puts young drivers from throughout Europe to the test, examining relevant skills such as load securing and fuel-efficient driving as well as theoretical knowledge. Schmitz Cargobull supports the event and provides S.CS MEGA trailers for the sporting test of skills.
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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