HB Commercial grows again with new trailers from Krone

From the September 2019 issue.

UK-based business, HB Commercial, has added a further consignment of Krone Box Liner container carriers to its rental fleet.

Based in Ipswich, with fully equipped workshop and support hubs in Harwich and Felixstowe and a further parts supply centre in Witham, HB Commercial is strategically located to service the busy commercial vehicle traffic flowing through each of these major ferry ports.

“We were among the first to use Krone’s new Box Liners,” said HB Commercial Operations Director, Oliver Brunt. “Because of their flexible loading and ability to easily handle tough, pick-up-and-drop ferry work, demand over the last couple of years has far exceeded our initial expectations.”

Manufactured by Krone in Germany, the Box Liner was designed with close involvement from the Krone UK sales team – primarily to ensure compatibility with the UK and Irish market. The sliding chassis is quickly and easily adjusted to carry any standard sized dry freight or tank container and its no-frills specification ensures easy and fast operation.

The Krone Box Liner also combines tried and tested features with the latest KTL paint application process and cutting-edge telematics technology. The result, says Krone, is a no-nonsense specification with 10 years guarantee against corrosion perforation, built for loading flexibility, asset management control and a long working life.

Regarding trailer control, an optional Krone Telematics package enables HB Commercial and their customers to monitor tyre pressures, mileage records for maintenance intervals, empty running or reduced-load miles, braking system status and trailer location.

Additionally, an automatic notification can be given to alert regarding ABS or EBS malfunctions and a further alert made to the customer if any remedial work has not been carried out within a given time frame.

“We have a long-term supply arrangement with Krone and with each new trailer consignment from them comes a high standard of product and service,” said Brunt. “In many ways their approach to business matches ours; two family-run organisations with compatible views towards our people and our customers – invest in both and both will continue to thrive.”

From its four locations, in addition to vehicle rental, sales and parts supply, HB Commercial provides a comprehensive range of commercial transport and PSV vehicle support services including 24 hours assistance, accident repairs, DVSA-approved tachograph centre for calibration and repairs, VOSA ATF work stations, refrigeration service, MOT preparation, roller brake testing, quay fuel services, tail-lift servicing and repairs and vehicle washing. The company is IRTEC and ITRE-Workshop accredited.

In other news, the Krone Commercial Vehicle Group appointed Peter Ahlers as Managing Director of the Knapen Group.

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