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Norbert Dentressangle invests in new safe docking system

Norbert Dentressangle has invested a six figure sum in a new system to reduce damage to its refrigerated vehicle fleet, decreasing downtime, improving safety and product integrity and reducing repair costs.

The company is fitting Haldex’ ‘Soft Docking’ system which uses ultrasonic sensors linked to an electronic braking system to automatically activate the trailer brakes as the distance to the loading dock becomes critical, effectively eradicating the risk of damage, both to the trailer and the dock.

By preventing damage to the trailers’ original insulation, the system will improve product integrity, improve safety, both for drivers and loading bay staff and reduce trailer downtime.

With a fleet of 200 refrigerated trailers, Norbert Dentressangle also expects the system to significantly reduce repair costs, delivering payback on its investment within 12 months.

Dan Myers, Director of Norbert Dentressangle’s Food Business Unit said: "Despite tough trading conditions, the last 12 months have been positive for Norbert Dentressangle and underlying growth in our market share has provided the confidence to continue to invest in the latest equipment and technology as we continue to grow our business."

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