Wednesday, March 6, 2013

44 Pallet Reefer Trailer Becomes Reality for Road Haulage Operators

Commercial vehicle Show Will Witness Unveiling of Innovative Box and Sculpted Body Shape
Shipping News Feature

UK – The first refrigerated double-deck trailer was introduced to the British market some 24 years ago by body builders Gray and Adams and now the Fraseburgh headquartered outfit will officially unveil two more innovative designs aimed at reducing the cost of road freight for the country’s haulage operators and suppliers when the company features at the forthcoming Commercial Vehicle (CV) Show 2013 at the NEC Birmingham in early April.

Firstly there is a 44-pallet lifting deck trailer which 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% increase in carrying capacity compared to a standard, 13.6 metre double-decker. An example of the vehicle will dominate the company stand (no 5D136) in the Cool Pavilion between the 9th and 11th of next month.

Alongside the trailer will stand another cool chain solution vehicle, this time a rigid lorry, an 18-tonne Mercedes-Benz Axor rigid with radically-styled Dolphin body in the livery of Chiltern Cold Storage, one of the country’s major forces in the chilled and frozen supply chain. The recently launched Dolphin body style 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’ Scottish home.

Both of the innovative vehicles received fulsome praise from the customers’ whose liveries adorn the show vehicles. Reed Boardall, a temperature controlled logistics specialist 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, commented:

“The extra 10% 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. Mr Jackson added:

“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.”

Photo: The two new innovative shapes with the 44 pallet trailer (top) and the Dolphin model rigid shown below.