Each transporter is having all wiring replaced, a full hydraulic system overhaul – including sliding decks, pipes and lifting rams – and a detailed inspection of all running gear, including axles and braking systems.
The work is being carried out at Lohr’s headquarters in Strasbourg, France, where trailer safety features are also being reviewed, such as upper and lower deck walkways, and wear and tear from loading and unloading of vehicles.
Chris Doughty, managing director of parent company Acumen Logistics Group, says: “We brought forward our planned refurbishment programme for these transporters to make sure they are in top condition. It’s a pre-emptive measure so we can maintain levels of service while continuing to look to expand operations.”
The transporters are less than four years old but have been used intensively, moving large SUVs for a UK-based manufacturer.
Justin Michau, director of Lohr UK, says: “Out of all the contracts we have in the UK, these vehicles are worked the hardest – both in terms of the weight they carry and the fact they are being double-shifted. This proactive refurbishment programme will ensure they operate as good as new.”
Around 75% of the vehicle transporters will be back in service in time for the release of the new ‘18 plate, which typically sees Acumen’s delivery volumes into UK dealerships treble.