South Africa’s Serco bespoke trailers delivered

South Africa’s Universal Plywoods has added four Serco-built curtainsider trucks to its fleet after testing a prototype.

Universal Plywood is a bulk stockist and distributor of plywood and other types of engineered wood products for the construction, transport, marine and furniture industries.

Serco and UP have developed a collaborative relationship over the past 12 years, allowing Serco to deliver differentiated  transport solutions. Design consultations between two companies resulted in birch plywood flooring in its vehicles.

The coated birch floor in the 5.4m-long curtainsiders offered a weight reduction of 242kg in each of the vehicles compared to a conventional steel deck, said Serco CEO, Clinton Holcroft.

“Our core purpose is giving transporters the edge in their fields,” he said. “We do that through innovation, leading in quality and service as well as relying on partners such as UP to make it happen. Using reliable and durable materials are key to providing the lowest possible life cycle costs, even if it means a higher upfront investment.”

Serco-built truck and trailer bodies range from small delivery vehicles to large semi-trailers used for shipping refrigerated and dry goods.

The company has manufacturing and after sales repair facilities in Durban, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Gqeberha.

Universal Plywoods’ Patrick Hansen said the company was proud to be in partnership with Serco.

“Over the years the partnership has progressed into a mutually beneficial relationship where trust and communication play an important role.”

Curtainsiders offer easy access for loading from the side and rear, making it a versatile and distribution vehicle. Serco offers an option for a fast-opening system that reduces the time to load and unload by up to 50 per cent.

In other news, Gebrüder Weiss has enlarged the logistics facility at its Dunaharaszti location near Budapest.

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