An impressive design and high-quality workmanship are just two of the attributes of Birmingham computer equipment distributor Paul Ponsonby’s new Ekeri trailer, according to the managing director.
Paul Ponsonby took delivery of a 26 tonne Mercedes-Benz New Actros drawbar rigid, with bespoke body, earlier this year to deliver large, fragile products across the UK and Europe. The truck’s insulated body and drawbar trailer were made by Finnish firm Ekeri, a specialist in equipment with side-opening doors.
Managing director Paul Ponsonby, who founded the business that bears his name in 1998, says: “I am very happy with it, it has been very well accepted by our customers and has filled a gap for us.”
Ponsonby added: “I am very impressed by the workmanship involved in the drawbar trailer. This, coupled with the side opening doors, allows us to handle any type of freight.
Paul Ponsonby’s customer portfolio includes several high-profile IT manufacturers and wholesalers.
The 26-tonner is the biggest vehicle on Paul Ponsonby’s fleet of 12 trucks – most are 18-tonners although the line-up includes a couple of 12-tonners.
The trucks are used by two-man teams fully trained to handle a wide range of products including computers and telecoms equipment, printers, gaming machines and ATMs. Paul Ponsonby also relies on Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans and Lutons for small deliveries and site surveys.
Paul Ponsonby is a former double winner of Motor Transport’s Customer Care Award, and was also a finalist on two other occasions. As well as specialist distribution services, the company operates 80,000 sq. ft. of customs bonded warehousing at its headquarters in the Heartlands district of Birmingham.
Ekeri is the leading producer of box van semi-trailers, box van drawbar trailers and truck bodies, with side opening doors. Ekeri is well known in Europe as a specialist in box van trailers with side doors. Side opening gives more flexibility, security and more efficient loading and unloading. Ekeri combines the security of a box trailer with the flexibility of a curtain-sided trailer.