Schmitz Cargobull has launched a new curtainside semitrailer that it calls “Light & Solid.” The basic version of the lightweight three-axle trailer weighs about 5,700 kg (12,500 lb).
The weight saving was realized mainly by the bolting technology used with a galvanized chassis. Unlike a welded steel chassis, bolting allows manufacture of a steel and aluminum chassis to realize weight reduction. Schmitz uses high quality steel for the long beams and lightweight aluminum cross beams. The steel I-beams and the outer frame are galvanized prior to being bolted on, thus providing excellent protection against corrosion and making them resistant to stone chipping and other mechanical stresses. Schmitz Cargobull AG, Bahnhofstrasse 22, D-48612 Horstmar, Germany.