Innovation will be the theme when Britain’s leading manufacturer of temperature-controlled semi-trailers and bodywork returns to the Commercial Vehicle Show next month (9-11 April).
Dominating the Gray & Adams stand (no 5D136) in the Cool Pavilion at the NEC will be a 44-pallet lifting-deck trailer supplied to leading frozen food storage and distribution business Reed Boardall, and an 18-tonne Mercedes-Benz Axor rigid with radically-styled Dolphin body in the livery of Chiltern Cold Storage, one of the UK’s most successful providers of temperature-controlled warehousing and global distribution services.
Gray & Adams’ last appearance at the UK’s premier road transport exhibition was in 2008 and Sales & Marketing Director Peter Gray declares: "It’s great to be back. We’re looking forward to a very busy few days in Birmingham, and to meeting as many established and prospective customers as possible."
The 44-pallet trailer is a recent addition to the Gray & Adams range. It incorporates a series of cleverly-engineered measures that allow operators to make practical use of every precious inch of space on the two decks to achieve a 10 per cent increase in carrying capacity compared to a standard, 13.6m double-decker.
Its introduction means that having been first to the market with a refrigerated double-deck trailer some 24 years ago, Gray & Adams is once again leading the way with the industry’s first 44-pallet version.
The recently launched Dolphin, meanwhile, is so named because its streamlined profile evokes that of the ultra-efficient aquatic mammal often seen in the waters of the Moray Firth, close to Gray & Adams’ Fraserburgh headquarters.
Designed to maximise fuel-efficiency and thereby cut CO2 emissions, the Dolphin also features all-new leading-edge body cappings that follow the 3D curvature of the roof, and a vortex generator to smooth the airflow around the back of the vehicle.
Reed Boardall, which operates from a 55-acre storage and distribution hub capable of accommodating up to 142,000 pallets, alongside the A1(M) at Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire, has been using Gray & Adams equipment for a quarter of a century. It runs more than 250 trailers, including the country’s largest primary haulage double-deck fleet, and was the first customer for the new 44-pallet version.
Tom Cassells, Managing Director of Reed Boardall Transport, confirms: "The extra 10 per cent carrying capacity can be very useful, while Gray & Adams is a British company with very high manufacturing standards. The strength and build quality of its products translates into exceptional reliability and durability.
"We are delighted to have worked with Gray & Adams in the development of these vehicles over the years, and to have proven their worth in round-the-clock service."
Mr Cassells’ views are echoed by Paul Jackson, Managing Director of temperature-controlled storage and distribution specialist Chiltern Cold Storage, which has just completed a major warehousing extension at its Peterborough headquarters.
He says: "We are proud of our green credentials and committed to achieving the best possible environmental profile, so when Gray & Adams announced that it was launching the new Dolphin we had no hesitation in ordering three. All of our multi-temperature equipment is by Gray & Adams – its trailers and truck bodies are the best on the market, not only for their quality but also for the strong resale values they command."