Scottish logistics provider Bluapple has picked up a brand new Schmitz Cargobull aluminium fixed-roof curtainsider, after a successful factory tour in Germany by the firm’s director in March 2014.
The trailer, which has been supplied in Bluapple’s striking colourful livery, will be used for a variety of general logistics operations across the UK, and is expected to cover more than three quarters of a million miles during the next five years.
Bluapple Director Pete Hannah took the decision to buy after being extremely impressed by a visit to the Schmitz Cargobull factory in Altenberge. He says: “We’re expanding, so we’ve been looking to remove some rented trailers and replace them with fully-owned assets. After travelling to the factory and seeing the quality of the work that goes into manufacturing the trailers, I was convinced that a Schmitz Cargobull would be a good buy.”
Pulled by a Scania R 480 Highline, the trailer is the first new Schmitz Cargobull curtainsider Bluapple has acquired since 2008. “I’ve always known that the quality of a Schmitz Cargobull trailer is very high, so this will be a worthy addition to the fleet,” he says.
Fresh from the factory and now operating from Bluapple’s depot in Scotland, the curtainsider is carrying a variety of loads, ranging from paper and packaging, to white goods, soft drinks and building products.
Like all Schmitz Cargobull trailers, it has been constructed using the company’s patented bolted and galvanised manufacturing technique, which is generally regarded as a more precise and high quality construction process for the 21stcentury. This also removes much of the need for costly welding and paint repairs in the event of damage at any point in the trailer’s life.
Schmitz Cargobull launched its new range of aluminium fixed-roof curtainsider trailers exclusively for the UK and Irish markets in 2013. Key features include a new aluminium front bulkhead with galvanised steel front and rear corner posts – a specification favoured by many domestic operators as it allows free side loading. It also includes wraparound curtains and a front ratchet tensioner.
Commenting on the new range, Paul Avery, Managing Director of Schmitz Cargobull UK, explains: “We engineered our new fixed roof curtainsider specifically for the UK and Irish markets. It allows us to compete head-to-head against domestic trailer manufacturers and be competitive on price.”