Fowler Welch, the UK’s leading choice in cost-effective and innovative supply chain solutions, has just acquired 56 Schmitz Cargobull refrigerated lorries to support the company in its intensive food delivery operations. The new trailers will be in operation seven days a week and are now part of an impressive 780-strong fleet.

The two companies have been partners since 2010 due to Cargobull equipment’s high quality and durable build that can handle demanding multi drop work, transporting ambient, fresh, and frozen payloads across the UK, with minimal downtime and damage.

“Our trailers are used very intensively and travel thousands of miles a year in all weather conditions, so we need them to be as tough as possible for our work,” said Paul Allera, Head of Fleet at Fowler Welch. “We know we can rely on Schmitz Cargobull trailers to get the job done with minimal downtime and repairs. That means trailer availability in the fleet is high, so we can provide a high level of customer service and competitive rates.”

The newly purchased trailers come with a greater internal width that gives Fowler Welch the flexibility to transport different loads in one trailer, including flower cages and supermarket pallets. There is also additional buffer protection under the rear doors to offer drivers more confidence when reversing up to narrow streets. The multifunctional PIEK floor allows for low noise loading and unloading when making deliveries early in the morning or late at night.

Additionally, the lorries benefit from the latest generation of Schmitz Universal Sliding Interface SUSI rail, which allows the coupling plate to be moved beyond the width of the trailer to make it easier to connect the electrical and pneumatic couplings. Once the connection is complete, the coupling plate is returned to the normal sliding operation within the swing clearance to reduce strain on the connecting lines. The advantage of it is that the operator can stand on the ground and not have to go between the truck and trailer on a catwalk.