Schmitz Cargobull has taken on 150 additional employees to ensure it can meet the strong demand for box body and reefer trailers from across Europe, which has pushed production at its Vreden factory in Germany to approximately 1,500 trailers per month.
Over the last few months, the German company has seen a steady increase in orders and production has risen by around 30 per cent.
“At the Comtrans trade fair in Moscow we received more than 1,600 orders; 1,200 of these were for the trailers we make in Vreden,” said Ulrich Schöpker, Board Member for Sales at Schmitz Cargobull.
“The next big show is the Solutrans commercial vehicle exhibition in Lyon (France) – it’s not taken place yet, but already we are receiving positive signals.”
Schmitz Cargobull has increased the flexibility of its factories through modularisation across product lines and has structured processes so that production can respond quickly, even in the case of volatile market demand. This ensures that customers can place an order for a trailer, or a fleet of trailers, built to their precise specification, and take delivery quickly.
According to Schöpker, Schmitz Cargobull does not produce stock trailers – every trailer is manufactured to a customer’s own requirements,” he said. “The high demand we are experiencing is a great sign of the confidence customers have in our innovations and services.”