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A&R International expands trailer fleet with ‘Code XL’ curtainsiders from Krone

A&R International Haulage, based in Grays Essex, has added three sliding roof Krone curtainsiders to its fleet. The Profi Liners come with Code XL certification which, says the company, is a prerequisite for permissible transport operations in Europe.

Contracted to Uniserve, the largest privately owned freight and logistics provider in the UK, A&R International deliver predominantly to French, Belgian and Dutch destinations and insist on the high standard of trailer construction and loading capability to which the EN code 12642 XL applies.

"Gone are the days when any curtainsider would do" says Rob Scriven, A&R’s founder and Director. "We not only need trailer strength but also loading flexibility to a high safety standard and in this regard Krone’s multi -lock system comes into its own.

"Take for example a typical load comprising 9 tonne Eurostar transformers. These are crane -loaded through the roof and then lashed into position using the multi-lock side rave. This has strapping points every few inches along its length, each of which has a two tonne rating and if you use two points, then naturally it doubles to four tonnes. We secure fore and aft of each transformer on each side which gives us 16 tonnes. It is safe and beyond question, legal."

Groupage Flexibility
Furthermore, the system allows A&R to handle groupage loads such as pallets or IBCs with equal flexibility and consideration to weight distribution. In this regard, the trailers are specified with front lifting axles which automatically engage over 16 tonnes, thus saving on tyre wear and fuel. Rear steering axles are also fitted to aid manoeuvrability and reduce tyre scrub.

For UK operations, A&R’s 11-strong tractor fleet provides an unaccompanied pick up and reload trailer service from eastern ports, including Immingham, Hull, Harwich, Dover and Purfleet.

From Owner- Driver Beginnings
Established in 1978 by Rob Scriven, A&R International has built a reputation for quality service based on its in-depth knowledge and experience of the transport industry.

"Above all" continues Rob, "we are committed to our operating licence and maintain the most stringent maintenance and inspection procedures to ensure first time MOT passes and minimum need for corrective work. Anything which we can’t deal with in our in-house workshops is referred to Volvo or Krone, who provide solid backup at any hour of the day or night. Krone’s European service network is also there if we should need it.

Manufacturing plant secures the deal
"Our trailers will work hard for at least eight years" says Rob "and therefore we needed a combination of durability and flexible loading to ensure minimum down time and maximum return on investment for the business. To this end, I was impressed by everything I had heard regarding Krone’s credentials but it was not until I visited their trailer plant in Germany that I was convinced. The impressive level of automation and build quality left me in no doubt"

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