UK-based OEM, Gray & Adams, has supplied Bidfood Netherlands with semi-trailers and rigid-bodied vehicles for over a decade to ensure maximum load capacity, efficient deliveries and minimal downtime.
Bidfood Netherlands has stringent requirements for managing the temperature of its produce, which is why it specified four different temperature zones in the rigid build. The food distributor also required four cages with exceptionally thin walls to fit inside the vehicle. According to the OEM, new materials were refined and developed via precision engineering to create the perfect internal layout without compromising load capacity.
The Bidfood Netherlands rigid is reportedly the very first in the UK to feature a Carrier Vector trailer fridge within a rigid, rather than a typical over cab, engine driven fridge. The body was equipped with extended sidewalls to hide the Vector fridge and provide maximum aerodynamics in combination with air deflectors.
This was a challenging innovation for the OEM but one that has ensured a better overall performance of the vehicle and an increase in thermal capacity. With deliveries for up to 25 customers per day, it is vital that temperatures are maintained despite multiple door openings throughout the day.
Gray & Adams said it has built a solid reputation over the past 60 years for delivering outstanding quality across all its products and this rigid is no different. With a bold ambition, the Bidfood Netherlands rigid has a 10-year lifecycle compared to around eight years for a standard rigid.
“Gray & Adams have provided high quality craftsmanship to make the body last for at least 10 years without problems,” said Bidfood Fleet Manager, Jan Willem Gosseling.
Aftersales support is also very important for Bidfood.
“If there is a problem, the water between UK and the Netherlands has never been a problem,” said Gosseling. “They provide direct communication, people were sent over or Gray & Adams found a local partner to help us out.”
Gray & Adams are independently certified to ISO9001:2015 (Quality Management), ISO14001:2015 (Environmental Management) and OHSAS18001:2007 (Health and Safety Management). Combined, these standards form the basis of its policies and processes, ensuring high standards, continuous improvement of products and services, maintaining customer focus, meeting our environmental responsibilities and ensuring the health and safety of its employees.
“We are assessed by BSI every six months to confirm that our integrated management system is increasingly effective,” Gray & Adams said in a statement.
“We execute our internal audit plan and monitor key performance indicators ensuring that we achieve our strategic goals.
“We guarantee the quality of our supply chain by carefully assessing suppliers and monitoring supplier’s performance in accordance with ISO9001:2015, ensuring we partner only with reliable suppliers.
“We offer our customers peace of mind that their fleet has been made by the best commercial vehicle manufacturer applying unrivalled technology, supreme build quality and industry leading aftercare to ensure that their products are transported efficiently and with maximum care.”