Langdon Industries, a logistics service provider specialising in temperature controlled deliveries to wholesalers, food service depots and manufacturing locations throughout the UK, has upgraded its trailer fleet with the acquisition of 10 new dual temperature controlled trailers from Schmitz Cargobull.
The dual compartment vehicles, which provide frozen and chilled storage capacity for 26 palletised loads, will join Langdons’ fleet of over 200 temperature controlled trailers.
Langdons specified that the trailers be fitted with Thermoking SLX fridge units, which are ultra fuel-efficient and 99.7% recyclable.
Fuel efficiency was particularly important to Langdons and, as the company’s fleet engineer, Graham Millard, explains, the need to reduce running costs was a significant influence on the company’s decision to specify Schmitz Cargobull trailers.
"Having assessed other models on the market we were impressed not only by the build quality of the Schmitz Cargobull product, but by the weight advantages that the trailers offer. Our new vehicles are robust and lightweight which contributes significantly to fuel savings," he says.
The trailers, which have been built at Schmitz Cargobull’s recently revamped UK factory in County Durham, have a galvanized steel chassis (which comes with a 10 year anti-corrosion warranty) while the refrigerated trailer box units themselves are constructed using Schmitz Cargobull’s well established and proven Ferroplast modular steel-skinned panels. Ferroplast panels are filled with high quality expanded polyurethane foam rather than Styrofoam – which is commonly used by other trailer manufacturers – which means that the boxes do not absorb water if the steel skin of the unit is pierced, thus adding to the fleet’s low life-time running costs.
Langdons’ ChillNet Distribution Network collects and delivers chilled and frozen consignments – from a single pallet to a full load – anywhere in the UK and Ireland.
The company has recently opened a new depot – its eighth – in Barnsley to further enhance the ChillNet pallet network and to provide additional support to customers in the region.
Schmitz Cargobull’s Regional Sales Manager Patrick Farbrace, comments: "Langdons needed dual-temperature vehicles that will enable them to deliver cost-effective solutions for all types of work from small volume drops, full loads and trunks. I am delighted that, having visited our factory and been impressed by the way we design and build our trailers, they chose to add Schmitz Cargobull vehicles to their fleet."