Ken Mallinson & Sons Ltd, the UK and international distribution specialists, have added thirty high volume curtainsiders to their fleet which, says the company, enable them to virtually double utilisation, reduce load miles and save on fuel.
With depots in Barnsley, the West Midlands and Fife, Mallinson’s diverse fleet of 60 vehicles and 180 trailers is mainly deployed in the construction, retail and environmental sectors. The operation is nationwide and supported by over 30,000 sq ft of strategically located ambient warehousing.
The new Profi Liner curtainsiders from Krone Trailers UK will take high cube or low cube cargo: the sliding roof enables crane loading through the top and is adjustable in height to suit the load.
"They run at 4.562m" says Ian Egan, Mallinson’s Business Development Manager, "Which is 23.8cm less than the standard 4.8m trailers used for the same high cube work, but still allows 3.1m side loading access. We can take concrete product in one direction for crane offload and high volume palletised goods in the other which effectively gives us two trailers in one.
Additionally, says Ian Egan, because of the trailer’s low ride height, Mallinson expect to see a reduction in aerodynamic drag of up to 5%, which in turn should see a fuel saving of 2% – 4.2% depending on the roof height.
Mallinson’s general haulage service spans the European market and is therefore geared to comply with the latest compliance regulations.
"Safety is a key consideration for us" continues Ian "and these trailers come with EN 12642 code XL certification. This not only ensures that the trailers are built to the highest loading and structural standards but it also means we are able to do business which is not always possible without it."
The Profi Liners also feature automatic lift axles for tyre saving and drag reduction, plus automatic safety braking to assist during vehicle coupling.
"We are a forward thinking company with a European influence comments Egan."