Schmitz Cargobull has supplied 15 new S.CS MEGA curtainsider trailers with VARIOS Top Technology to Kelly International, giving the logistics provider total flexibility on its regular European deliveries.
Replacing 10 existing units and increasing the overall fleet size by a further five, the new 13.6m trailers offer all of the advantages of a regular curtainsider, combined with a roof which can be raised on one or both sides for forklift loading, or slid open for crane loading through the roof. A height-adjustable roof mechanism also enables the customer to take advantage of a 3m interior height thanks to the trailer’s roof being adjustable at the rear and bulkhead in 50 mm steps.
The versatility of this model – which meets the 4m overall running height regulations of trailers in mainland Europe – eliminates the need for vehicle swaps as the trailer can accommodate a capacity of up to 100m³.
The new trailers are also equipped with Joloda floors to allow easy unloading – one of Kelly International’s core markets is transporting newsprint from the UK to publishers in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, and the floors allow reels of paper to be easily slid in and out through the rear doors.
Martin Kelly, Managing Director, Kelly International, says: “We wanted to upgrade the whole fleet to ensure compliance with the new XL load security ratings, and our first choice was Schmitz Cargobull. We have been buying from Schmitz Cargobull for the past five years and we really appreciate the flexibility the trailers provide for our business.”
Kelly adds: “Being able to easily get support in the event of any problems is critical, and because our operations cover the whole of Europe, we need support to be available anywhere. Schmitz Cargobull has service centres across the Continent, so their network is there to back us up wherever we go.”
The trailers, with striking black curtains and silver signwriting, have been supplied on Cargobull Finance and bring Kelly International’s trailer fleet to 27 – 25 of which are manufactured by Schmitz Cargobull.
Manufactured at Schmitz Cargobull’s state-of-the-art plant in Altenberge, Kelly International’s new S.CS MEGA curtainsiders incorporate a variety of extra features designed for trans-European operations, including ferry shackles and certification to EN 12642 XL. The trailers also incorporate anti-theft ropes and storage for Joloda rollers.