McCulla Ireland makes waves with Schmitz Cargobull

From frozen chips to life-saving vaccinations, McCulla Ireland needs to make sure its products always remain at the right temperature, even when the seas get a bit choppy.

The Irish Sea’s notoriously rough, unpredictable waves have tested the skills of even the most advanced seafarers over the years.

Unaccompanied trailers making the crossing can, on occasion, be subject to some damage.

If it does occur, for cold-chain storage and transport specialists McCulla Ireland, this is just one of the benefits to having Schmitz Cargobull’s refrigerated semi-trailers.

This is because the trailer builder’s in-house technicians can simply replace the affected panels, rather than the whole side of the trailer, thanks to a segmented design.

“We had an issue a few years back and they fixed it very quickly,” said the Operations Director at McCulla Ireland, Brian Beattie. “The customer service they provide is excellent, and the level of attention you receive from their team throughout the process is impressive. It really is a partnership.”

This is just one reason why the company has just bolstered its fleet with the addition of 33 new S.KO COOL refrigerated semi-trailers, cementing a partnership between the two businesses that is now into its second decade.

“We took our first two semi-trailers from Schmitz Cargobull in 2008, having been exclusively with another manufacturer before,” Beattie said. “The trailers we’ve had in the years since have all proved to be robust products with great longevity and build quality.”

Family-owned McCulla Ireland is celebrating 55-years of trading this year and has built its business by cultivating long-term relationships with clients, it said.

Headquartered in Lisburn, near Belfast, the company operates three cold-stores across the Island, with a combined capacity to house 15,000 pallets. It also provides value-added services, including blast freezing and tempering.

Supplied by Kevin Wynd, Regional Sales Manager at Schmitz Cargobull, the latest order comprises single and multi-temperature trailers, and a specification honed over many years to meet McCulla Ireland’s exact requirements.

All its latest semi-trailers feature Schmitz Cargobull’s TrailerConnect telematics system which lets fleet managers remotely monitor and control the trailer during multimodal transport involving rail and ferry transport or intermediate stops in transhipment transport.

The S.KO COOL is built on a galvanised Modulos bolted chassis which has a repair-friendly design, based on bolted, hot galvanised technology. It has been designed for both strength and durability, and comes with a 10-year warranty against rust-through on all galvanised parts, but is also easily modified at any stage.

The partnership will begin a new chapter later this year with the arrival of a new ‘pharmaceutical specification’ S.KO trailer, which features advanced load security.

It will be fitted with a double deck loading beam system, which will allow 66 pallets to be transported per load to service the requirements of a specific McCulla Ireland customer.

McCulla Ireland reefer. Image: Schmitz Cargobull.
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