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Schmitz Cargobull begins UK trailer production

Schmitz Cargobull has started trailer production in the UK at its Manchester site.

Schmitz Cargobull has revealed its first new product from its UK plant is the S.KO Pace Smart which is a fully modular dry-freight semi-trailer designed for UK and Irish operators with market-specific features. 

The firm is Europe’s leading manufacturer of semi-trailers and the firm’s chief sales officer, Boris Billich, said: “The launch of the S.KO Pace Smart is a significant development for the dry freight market in the UK and Ireland because of the benefits it brings to operators and because it is built-in Manchester. 

“Landed costs, carbon emissions and lead times will be significantly reduced.”

He added: “I am really excited to extend our product range with the S.KO Pace, a product that will provide outstanding value for UK and Irish operators.” 

Schmitz Cargobull’s renowned quality build

The S.KO Pace Smart is targeted primarily at the parcel delivery and dry freight market, combining Schmitz Cargobull’s renowned quality build with innovative honeycomb Struktoplast panels. 

The lightweight panels mean each trailer weighs around 600kg less than competitor models. 

As a result, the tare weight of the trailer remains consistent over time, ensuring the payload potential on day one is maintained for the life of the asset. 

It will also significantly reduce carbon emissions over the lifetime of the trailer which operators can expect to translate into lower fuel bills.

‘High standards of quality and durability’

The UK managing director, Paul Avery, said: “The S.KO Pace Smart offers the high standards of quality and durability customers expect from Schmitz Cargobull. 

“It is built on Schmitz Cargobull’s fully galvanised Modulos chassis that has proven itself millions of times over and comes with a 10-year warranty against rust-through.”

The S.KO Pace Smart is fully EN 12642 code XL certified and offers a variety of options including load securing rails, translucent roof, tail lift and two choices of doors – rear shutter, or aluminium barn doors. 

Also, its Rotos axles are covered by a 1,000,000 km or six-year warranty. 

It can be fitted with any load restraint to protect parcels, including rear parcel safety nets or gates, and has a standard floor strength of 5.5 tonnes, with options to increase to 7.1 tonnes or 8.0 tonnes for those carrying heavier loads or needing to move materials handling equipment. 

Schmitz Cargobull telematics system TrailerConnect

The Schmitz Cargobull telematics system TrailerConnect is fitted as a standard to provide intelligent connectivity and support fast diagnostics of all components with the telematics control unit. 

Mr Avery added: “Opening the UK factory this year has been a fantastic opportunity and as a team, we are extremely proud of the quality of the manufacturing process we have created. 

“It is incredibly rewarding that we have had so many orders placed already.”

The Schmitz Cargobull plant in Manchester has so far created 40 jobs in production and administration and is now home to the entire UK team of 62 employees.

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