The fast-expanding company utilizes around 89 vehicles to deliver auto parts and general cargo. The new trailer equipment, expected to be phased in over the next six weeks—despite the pressures created by the novel coronavirus—will help Brit-Pol develop into a “truly pan-European operation,” said Adam Zegocki, the company’s transport operations director.
“Flexibility is key to our growth plan, and by specifying these trailers from Krone we can improve our loading capability for a wider range of customers,” Zegocki said. “For example, the Box Liner container carriers are designed to carry 20-, 30-, 40- and 45-foot containers, two boxes at once or any standard sized tank.
“Combined with the quick-release twist locks, this gives us adaptable, fast and easy handling.”
Krone’s curtainsiders come with the MultiLock loading system, which features strapping points every 10 centimeters on each side rave, and uses Krone’s hook-and-ratchet strapping system, allowing virtually any load to be securely fixed anywhere on the trailer bed, Krone said.
All the curtainsiders have sliding roofs, and the Mega Liner, with an internal height of 3 meters, is equipped with a hydraulic lifting roof, which gains up to 50 centimeters of additional space for loading outsized cargo.
For added load security, the curtains are fitted with integrated aluminium planks and the flush-faced steel container-type rear doors come with integrated door furniture and a concealed latch. The 30-milimeter phenolic-coated floor is rated to EN 283 for 7,000-kilogram forklift axle loading.
In total, Brit-Pol is adding 40 Box Liner container carriers, 60 Profi Liner and 60 Mega Liner curtainsiders to its fleet for new and existing ADR, waste, auto parts and mixed pallet contracts. All the trailers are riding on Krone axles, with six-year unlimited mileage warranty cover and a number will be operated via TIP Trailer Services UK.
“We want to work with the best, so TIP, being a truly pan-European leader in their field seemed the obvious choice.” Zegocki said. “Good quality trailers and high availability in the UK and Europe allow us to offer flexible supply chain solutions to our customers.”
Furthermore, Adam explains that TIP, whose global fleet comprises 125,000 trailers and 8,000 tractor units, structured a bespoke funding solution for 26 of the Krone trailers, spreading the cost among several funding partners to achieve “an optimum three-to-five-year leasing arrangement.”
Brit-Pol will operate the newly expanded fleet of 175 trailers and 80 tractors, including Scania, Volvo, MAN and DAF, from its Killingholme base under the watchful eye of Webfleet Solutions vehicle tracking.
“The new fleet will be fully in place by mid-July,” Zegocki concluded.
“For their part, Krone has provided the best technical, operational and financial advice we could have wished for and, of course, in our view, the best trailers to match our needs and those of our customers.”