Netherlands-based OEM, Van Eck, recently delivered reefer upper structure with reefer and five link trailers to logistics service provider, Van Heezik.
The vehicles are expected to be used in LHV combinations that Van Heezik uses for frozen logistics to distribution centres that are part of supermarket chains.
Van Heezik operates in three disciplines: paper logistics, frozen logistics and ‘twin logistics’.
“Paper logistics concerns the transport and processing of packaging materials,” said Heezik Sales & Project Manager, Berend van Heezik.
“We only drive from A to B, but we also serve our customers with related services such as cutting certain packaging to size.
“We see that the LHV is doing well in the Netherlands, but we cannot do much with it with cross-border traffic, due to legal weight restrictions.”
Heezik said the business invests in Van Eck road transport equipment for specialist structures that are able to take a beating and be used intensively for a long time.
“Van Eck expertise provides just that, not only reefer upper structure with reefer were exactly to our specifications but with link trailers as well,” he said. “In terms of LHVs this is a very special solution and only Van Eck could have delivered this result.”
The new link trailers are part of a sustainability project initiated by Van Heezik.
“We started the Bye Bye Diesel project three years ago,” said Heezik.
“The goal is to say goodbye to our last diesel truck in 2023.
“In that year we will have switched completely to LNG. We can refuel this close to our location in Utrecht.
“Our trailers must also be as sustainable as possible, so we prefer double-deck trailers and LHVs.
“Customers increasingly want not only the best price, but also the lowest carbon footprint for their transport and logistics. We can certainly play a role in this.
Van Heezik is preparing for the switch to Bio-LNG, a gas variant that produces even lower carbon emissions.
“We will start with that next year and will also keep our customers informed,” said Heezik.
“We also work with partners to achieve this goal. It strengthens us that more and more of our customers want to participate in this.”
The company has a total of 150 trailers and 105 tractor units.