German trailer builder, Schmitz Cargobull, has established a new foaming press for the manufacture of its Ferroplast insulation system at a plant in Lithuania, boosting production capacity from 10 to 30 trailers per day.
“Whether in the transport of fresh or frozen foods or of sensitive pharmaceutical products, this capacity expansion has a positive effect for customers,” said Schmitz Cargobull Chief Technical Officer, Roland Klement.
“They benefit not only from higher flexibility, which results, among other things, in shorter delivery times, but also from more trailer variants, which we can manufacture in a more country-specific manner with the new equipment,” he said.
Schmitz Cargobull builds S.CS curtain-side semi trailers, S.KO reefers, M.KO truck box bodies for 12-tonne trucks and vans as well as Z.KO central axle box trailers and A.KO box trailers at the Lithuanian factory.
The additional capacity from the new foaming system will reportedly be used for the further expansion of the OEM’s box body and trailer product range.
The trucks with the M.KO body are used mainly for the inner-city distribution of goods as well as for local transport. It is for these vehicle bodies in particular that the new foaming system provides better insulation properties, according to Schmitz Cargobull.
“The bolted subframe ensures compatibility with all the leading truck manufacturers,” Schmitz Cargobull said in a statement. “The finely-adjusted hole patterns in the subframe permit the body to be force-fitted to the manufacturer-specific and vehicle-specific attachment points. Depending on the task at hand and the customer’s requirements, the body can also be adjusted to meet various lengths and load requirements. Schmitz Cargobull is continuously developing its transport solutions in close cooperation with the customers.”
In other news, European logistics firm, Manfreight, invested in 100 additional Schmitz Cargobull refrigerated trailers, equipped with the manufacturer’s 'Executive Plus' package to give complete cold chain visibility.
(Image L-R: Alois Schmid – Managing Director Hennecke, Dietrich Zaps – Supervisory Board Member of Schmitz Cargobull AG, Raimundas Petrauskas – Managing Director Schmitz Cargobull Baltic UAB, Roland Klement – Chief Technical Officer Schmitz Cargobull AG.)