Polaris Group specifies versatile Schmitz Cargobull curtainsiders

Manchester-based logistics specialist, Polaris Logistics & Distribution, a division of the Polaris Group, has returned to Schmitz Cargobull with the delivery of five new S.CS MEGA curtainsiders featuring VARIOS Top Technology.

The tri-axle trailers replace older assets and have been carefully specified to make the most efficient use of the interior load space on each job.

Schmitz Cargobull’s VARIOS Top Technology allows the driver to easily adjust the trailer’s roof height in 50mm increments – with hook and loop fasteners on the curtains enabling easy adjustment for different body heights.

This means the roof can be raised when extra load space is required or lowered to make the trailer as aerodynamic as possible when carrying compact loads, helping to optimise fuel efficiency. The new trailers also offer all of the advantages of a regular curtainsider, combined with a lifting roof which can be raised on one or both sides for forklift loading, or slid open for time-saving crane loading through the roof.

“We weren’t completely happy with our previous supplier so when we needed to upgrade the fleet, we looked carefully at our options,” said Polaris Managing Director, Adam Barry.

“We’ve operated Schmitz Cargobull trailers in the past and have always been impressed with how robust they are. When I approached the team again, they worked closely with us to achieve the perfect specification.

“Our work varies day to day, so the added versatility these trailers bring is fantastic. By adjusting the roof height to suit the load, we are seeing instant fuel savings of up to £150 a week – reducing our running costs and improving our sustainability.

“Plus, being height-adjustable helps to set us apart from our competitors and gives us the opportunity to work on a far wider range of jobs,” he said.

Built on Schmitz Cargobull’s high-tech modular chassis, which features a mix of galvanised steel and aluminium, each trailer offers excellent corrosion protection and is provided with a 10-year warranty against rust-through.

“The fully galvanised chassis was a really strong selling point for us,” said Barry. “It gives us the confidence we’ll get a long life out of the trailers; plus they’ll continue to look good even after clocking up hundreds of thousands of kilometres.”

The trailers will reportedly be in use five-days-a-week, travelling UK-wide on general haulage work.

For all maintenance requirements, Polaris will benefit from the aftersales support provided by Schmitz Cargobull’s authorised network of 1,700 workshops located across the UK and in Europe.

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