Northern Ireland based freight haulier, Express Distribution Services (EDS), has expanded its fleet with 15 new SDC curtainsiders.
David Neill, EDS Managing Director, who founded the business in 1997, said the investment was part of the company’s growth strategy to enhance service levels to customers in Ireland, the UK, and across Europe.
“From our state-of-the-art warehouse and distribution centre in Craigavon, we have grown to become one of Ireland’s premier distribution companies with a 50 strong vehicle fleet and our goal is to continue to evolve and expand our operations to meet increasing demands from our customers,” said Neill.
“SDC trailers have served our pallet freight services extremely well over the years, and I am pleased to welcome the new curtainsiders which will enhance our next day deliveries in Ireland and the West Midlands as well as two-day services across the UK.
“Quality equipment is crucial to ensure E.D.S. operations run smoothly and SDC offers the best with regards to trailer design, build and durability. I am confident that this investment will enhance and strengthen our business for many years to come,” he said.
The order comprises 10 EN 12642-XL Freespan Curtainsiders and five step-frame Double-Deck Curtainsiders with both models featuring an aerodynamic design to maximise efficiency and minimise vehicle emissions.
In addition to several quality features including a dome wind deflector, branch guard, built-in storage, LED lighting and rear buffers, the key advantage of the Freespan model, according to SDC, is a fully open side aperture incorporating Easyroll curtain-rail technology for smooth, efficient and uninterrupted loading. The EN-XL rating simplifies load restraint requirements when using a positive fit method, offering further time savings, and making operation of the equipment easy for the driver.
Five SDC Double-Deck Curtainsiders also come with a bespoke configuration and ¾ fixed second deck for additional pallet capacity where high volume is required.
Renowned for its robust and lightweight design, the tri-axle, step-frame model features SDC’s fuel-saving ‘FS1’ aero-dynamic roof profile which is proven to reduce drag behind the trailer, providing a cleaner, green and more cost-effective operation.
The EDS fleet is also equipped with tracker devices and mobile phones so that deliveries can be optimised to achieve the highest level of customer service.
“I would like to thank David and his team for their continued trust in SDC, it has been a pleasure to supply Express Distribution Services over the years and I wish them every success with their new trailer fleet,” said SDC Sales Manager – Ireland, Jimmy McKernan.
“As always, SDC provided a fully bespoke design and engineering service to the customer based on their transport requirements, ensuring unbeatable value, highly efficient operations and an excellent return on investment,” he said.