Schmitz Cargobull downsizes to offer LCV bodies20 April 2017

Trailer manufacturer Schmitz Cargobull has announced that it is offering bodies for light commercial vehicles for the first time – which, it says, will offer LCV fleet operators “huge potential to reduce costs”.

The new V.KO Dry van bodies have been designed for the home delivery market and are part of the manufacturer’s new focus on last-mile logistics.

The V.KO Dry van bodies will be supplied as modular kits to commercial vehicle OEMs – Schmitz says the bodies can be built by two people within two hours.

The kit consists of custom-developed GRP sandwich panels with a PU foam core. The panels are 20mm thick and meet the DIN EN 12642 Code XL standard for maximum load security.

A translucent roof and two-wing doors are included as standard; optional extras such as access ladders are also available.

Loads can be secured using the standard airline rails, and custom load securing elements – such as lashing bars or combo-anchor rails – are also available. Load securing rails can be ordered in a height of 900mm, or two rails in heights of 600 and 1,200mm.

“The growth in online shopping has turned our attention to last-mile logistics and we’re keen that operators of light commercial vehicles can benefit from our trademark light and robust build quality that offers huge potential to reduce costs,” says Alan Hunt, managing director, Schmitz Cargobull UK and Ireland.

The new bodies will be available for the UK market during Q2 2017.

Laura Cork

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