The order was placed by NFT following a competitive trial, in which the Schmitz reefers demonstrated the best operational savings.
“We started to replace our fleet with Schmitz Cargobull trailers three years ago following a 12-month trial of reefers from a number of manufacturers,” confirms NFT fleet engineer Dave Seaton.
“It was clear at the end of the trial period that Schmitz Cargobull was the clear winner in terms of fuel efficiency, quality and total cost of ownership.”
The trailers feature the MF6 multi-function floor, which increases payload due to its light weight and is easy to clean – ideal for food distribution. It also has a longer lifespan, says Schmitz, and exceeds PIEK noise requirements.
Ferroplast panels offer improved insulation and body strength; they are also moisture resistant, so don’t increase the reefer tare weight over time. This is a key factor for NFT, which needs maximum payload from each trailer trip.
The reefers are specified with side skirts and roof vortex generators for improved aerodynamics – again, important to NFT, since more than 80% of the journeys are on motorways.
They are also fitted with Wabco’s TailGuard reverse assistance system, to detect objects in the blind spot behind the trailer.