Schmitz Cargobull wins ‘Best Commercial Vehicle of the Year 2019’ in Russia

From the September 2019 issue.

Earlier this month at the Comtrans 2019 trade fair in Moscow, Schmitz Cargobull's S.KO COOL refrigerated trailer was recognised by an expert jury for its innovative efficiency.

At the official award ceremony on 3 September 2019, the prize was officially handed over by jury president Alexander Solntsev to Andreas Schmitz, CEO of Schmitz Cargobull.

The decisive factors for the nomination and awarding of the prize are the innovative improvements that contribute significantly to greater efficiency in the vehicle fleet. The insulation capability of the bulkhead was further increased by numerous detail optimisations and the protection area of the bulkhead was further raised to prevent damage during coupling. In addition, the entire front section underwent a complete facelift. The distinct new appearance makes it perfectly clear that a generation change has taken place here. Schmitz Cargobull is the first trailer manufacturer in Europe to manufacture Ferroplast side walls for refrigerated semi-trailers with a total length of 16.80 metres in one single piece. The continuous insulating side walls are produced in the Lithuanian Schmitz Cargobull plant in Panev?žys.

"With the 16.8-metre long refrigerated box trailers, the Russian transporters have around 25 percent more loading capacity at their disposal," said Andreas Schmitz. "This means significantly more efficiency in daily transport business, lower fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions."

With the new foaming facility in the Lithuanian plant, the side walls of the refrigerated box can be manufactured in one single piece over the entire length. The advantages for the customers are increased strength of the refrigerated box body and better insulation values. Storage spaces for 42 pallets enable a large transport volume while reducing transport distances at the same time. In addition, assembly can also be carried out on a short chassis. This saves tare weight and increases the payload.

The 'Best Commercial Vehicle of the Year in Russia' award will be presented this year for the 19th time in six different categories (Truck, Van, Bus, Trailer, Newcomer and Special Jury Award) for the best commercial vehicle of the year in Russia.  The expert jury for the award comprises high-ranking Russian journalists from recognised trade magazines in the print and online sectors.

(Image L-R: Schmitz Cargobull CEO, Andreas Schmitz, and Schmitz Cargobull Russia General Director, Mile Mishevski.)

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