After introducing the first climate-neutral semi-trailer in the world at the 2012 IAA trade show in Hanover, Chinese-German start-up CIMC Silvergreen has now presented a climate-neutral container chassis. The SC03 model, unveiled at the Intermodal trade show in Hamburg, Germany, will be delivered with a “climate-neutral production certificate”.
“We are continuously working to ensure all of our products are carbon-neutral so that our customers can accommodate this important contribution to climate protection in their green logistics strategy and to use it as a competitive advantage,” said CIMC Silvergreen Director, Stefan Oberdörfer.
“The container chassis is the next logical step in the implementation of our corporate philosophy, in which the economic success of our customers (silver) and climate protection (green) have been targeted as equal objectives.”
With the launch of what is said to be the first climate-neutral semi-trailer in the world, CIMC Silvergreen surprised the global audience at the IAA show in Hanover last year and since tried to establish itself as the industry’s first “green” brand.
For the Chassis SC03 container chassis, the Neu Ulm-based company has again analysed all components and processes along with calculating their CO2 balance in accordance with internationally recognised rules.
“Starting with the material production and subsequent assembly through to delivery, currently 21.7 tonnes of CO2 are generated when building every chassis,” said Oberdörfer. “CIMC Silvergreen compensates this value through financial participation in selected and TÜV-certified environmental projects in Germany, Kenya and China, whereby the same level of greenhouse gases are avoided. The costs are borne exclusively by CIMC Silvergreen.”
The SC03 – also available as an extendable version – is suitable for containers up to 40’ in length. Oberdörfer: “Thanks to the rear push-out system, 20’ containers can be loaded flush with the rear frame or centrally, 30’ containers flush with the rear frame and 40’ containers with or without a tunnel.”
“CIMC Silvergreen’s engineers have placed great emphasis on user-friendliness and the chassis is equipped with pneumatic rear extender as well as a pneumatic locking system. The centrally-positioned extension with a redundant extension securing mechanism slides on maintenance-free plastic pads and is guided by spring-assisted rollers,” Oberdörfer added.
“These ensure a long-lasting smooth extension procedure on a maintenance-free basis. The pneumatic cylinder is mounted internally and is thus protected from dirt or damage.”