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Teardrop trailers help Tradeteam bridge the gap to greener city deliveries

Leading drinks logistics firm Tradeteam is enhancing the efficiency of its fleet by investing in 60 new streamline ‘teardrop’ trailers. The investment forms part of Tradeteam’s Secondary Distribution fleet replacement programme, making it the first brewery logistics company in the UK to feature the technology.

The decision follows the addition last year of 113 teardrop trailers to Tradeteam’s Primary Distribution fleet, as part of its company-wide Go Green commitment.

Focusing on short deliveries to inner city and town locations, the new trailers are expected to produce a two per cent fuel saving per year, over an average of 50,000 miles.

In addition to the trailer’s swooping, streamlined roof which improves fuel efficiency, the new design eradicates an industry-wide design flaw by reducing the gap between the tractor and trailer which allows air to eddy in front of the trailer, increasing drag.

The investment complements a range of initiatives undertaken by Tradeteam as part of its GoGreen campaign, which sees all operations monitored closely for environmental impact, and a range of strategies put into place to reduce the firm’s carbon footprint.

Matt Crampton, Finance Director at Tradeteam, said the firm was delighted with the investment. "The new trailers were part of our staged upgrade process – we wanted to extend the success of our primary distribution teardrops trailers to our secondary distribution network," he added.

"Our trailers have a longer lifespan than the tractors we operate so it’s important to make the right choice, and the design is not just eye-catching – it decreases drag and increases efficiency – something we’re looking to achieve across all our operations."

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