Production ramp-up for Schmitz Cargobull semi-trailers 04 August 2011
Growing order intake for new refrigerated trailers has seen Schmitz Cargobull move to triple-shift operations at its Vreden, Germany plant, to help reduce lead times for UK and European operators.
Paul Avery, Schmitz Cargobull UK's managing director, says the decision means that standard reefers can now be delivered within 12 weeks, compared to the average six-month turnaround currently being quoted by competitors.
"No one likes to be reminded of Christmas in the summer months, but, in reality, this is one of the busiest times of the year for trailer manufacturers," states Avery.
"Customers are already planning what assets will be available for the run-up to Christmas. This leads to high order volumes, which can ultimately create extended delivery lead times," he adds.
Avery explains that by increasing Schmitz's production capacity, the firm is aiming to help operators meet these delivery requirements.
"Even orders placed as late as mid-September can be guaranteed for delivery before the end of December," he says.
Schmitz Cargobull (UK) Ltd
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