10 April 2014

Eighteen months after trialling its first Schmitz Cargobull trailer, West Yorkshire-based Brian Yeardley Continental has taken delivery of an additional three trailers from the German manufacturer.

Kevin Hopper, Managing Director, previously operated a single supplier sourced trailer fleet, but after trialling the Schmitz Cargobull product he admits liking what he’s found.

“There are obvious benefits to dual-sourcing and in Schmitz Cargobull we’ve found a range of trailers which suit our business down to the ground,” says Hopper. “Our drivers and warehouse staff find them very good to work with as well.”

Hopper visited Schmitz Cargobull’s plants in Altenberge and Vreden – where the majority of Schmitz Cargobull’s trailer production for the UK is built – to inspect the manufacturing process personally.

“We run a demanding operation and ensuring every load reaches its destination on time and in perfect condition is an absolute priority. Having full confidence in every supplier we do business with is critical – there’s no time for problems when you have a fleet as busy as ours operating across the Continent.”

Commenting on the two plant visits, Hopper adds: “I travelled to Germany to see the curtainsider and box bodied trailers being built and I came away immensely impressed. The scale of production is remarkable, but what I really liked was the attention to detail which goes into every chassis coming down the line.”

The most recent deliveries include two S.CS MEGA curtainsiders with VARIOS® Top Technology and an S.KO MEGA dry freight box body trailer. In addition to the extra volume afforded by the lowered chassis on the MEGA trailers, the VARIOS Top Technology enables the internal trailer height to be quickly and easily adjusted by the driver, to offer load heights between 2,750mm to 3,050mm at the front bulkhead, and 2,850mm to 3,050mm on the rear doors.

The trailers are each used for international groupage work transporting chemicals on pallets and in IBCs from the UK to mainland Europe, with backloads of high-value goods. They also support the firm’s growing events and exhibitions division.

All Schmitz Cargobull trailers supplied to Brian Yeardley Continental meet DIN EN 12642 Code XL certification for load security and are fitted with Schmitz Cargobull’s own ROTOS running gear, in place of the customer’s usual preference for BPW axles.

Brian Yeardley Continental historically kept its trailers in service for ten years, but these latest additions will be replaced after five to six years – in keeping with the company’s new commitment to operating one of the most modern fleets in its sector.


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 4,500 people. In the last financial year (2012/2013), Schmitz Cargobull had a turnover of approximately €1.512 billion and produced more than 40,000 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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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.