Stobart orders 225 curtainsider trailers from Schmitz Cargobull02 February 2011

Eddie Stobart has upgraded its trailer fleet with 225 new Schmitz Cargobull fixed roof curtainsiders.

The trailers, which will work across several Eddie Stobart contracts, replace 223 vehicles that were part of the fleet operated by Irlam, the haulier acquired by Stobart in 2008.

"This latest order is particularly significant for us," comments Kenny Wylie, Schmitz Cargobull's key accounts manager.

"While Schmitz Cargobull already provides the overwhelming majority of Eddie Stobart's refrigerated trailer fleet, Eddie Stobart has, until now, had a single supplier for curtainsiders… We feel it sends a strong signal to the rest of the industry about the build quality of the Schmitz Cargobull product," he adds.

Schmitz Cargobull launched its new fixed roof curtainsider trailer in December 2009. The new model, which will be built at the company's German Plant in Altenberge, is more robust, lighter and easier to use than existing fixed roof vehicles – with enhancements designed in conjunction with Eddie Stobart's fleet engineer Stuart Smith.

In brief detail, support posts retract along the full length of the trailer to give unobstructed side access when loading and unloading, while the roof uses galvanized steel cassettes that interlock to form their own cross support structure.

The cassette sections can be removed if damaged and replaced – making the roof easy to maintain over its lifetime. Also, the fact that the roof steel is lighter than traditionally used aluminium means the overall weight of this trailer is reduced – leading to fuel efficiency and payload claims.

Brian Tinham

Related Companies
Eddie Stobart Ltd
Schmitz Cargobull (UK) Ltd

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