Wincanton chooses Don-Bur greener trailers for Wavin Fleet 04 March 2011

Logistics giant Wincanton has purchased 11 new aerodynamic high-cube trailers for its Wavin contract, because of their fuel efficiency and ability to reduce CO2 emissions.

The bespoke 13.7m long, tri-axle step-frames sport the Don-Bur EcoStream curved front roof section, proven to reduce drag and hence fuel consumption.

Jim Leaney, general manager at Wincanton for Wavin, explains that the new curtainsiders run at 4.2m high and have been specified to cater for Wavin's pipe-carrying requirements.

Seven central support pillars, running down the length of the trailer, have been engineered to accept 12 moveable, cantilever arm racks, that can be positioned at any height.

These, he says, not only provide the flexibility to forklift-load a wide variety of differing radius pipework, but also result in a higher percentage load-fill and lower delivery miles.

If required, the padded-top arms can be stowed on the trailers in a specially built storage box located on the nearside at the rear.

"The new trailers represent Wincanton's ongoing commitment to maximise operational efficiency, maintain safety standards, and demonstrate our ability to reduce CO2 emissions," says Leaney.

As for the safety side, the trailers' curtain strap assemblies have been stress-rated at 1,500kg, all load restraint straps are labelled to comply with BS EN 12195 and two sets of Fall-arrest cables and harnesses have been specified for work at height.

Other features include reversing sensors and indicators, four sets of pull-out access steps, recessed additional tread steps in the trailer step and a bespoke working platform (700mm above the floor) at the rear with integral access ladder and safety gates.

Brian Tinham

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