Schmitz Cargobull expands into LCV sector with V.KO Dry van box bodies
Europe's biggest trailer manufacturer, Schmitz Cargobull,
is expanding its product offer to include bodies for light commercial vehicles (LCVs)
for the first time as part of a new focus on ‘last-mile’ logistics.
The new V.KO Dry van bodies have been designed to meet
the challenges faced by suppliers and service providers from the booming online
home delivery market, providing efficient urban goods transport with low
Alan Hunt, managing director, Schmitz Cargobull UK and
Ireland, said: “We’ve got decades of experience in box body and dry freight
trailers and we’re a flexible business that pre-empts market changes.
“The growth in online shopping has turned our attention
to last-mile logistics and we’re keen that operators of light commercial
vehicles can benefit from our trademark light and robust build quality that
offers huge potential to reduce costs.”
Schmitz Cargobull’s V.KO Dry van bodies will be supplied
as modular kits to European commercial vehicle OEMs, and can be built by two
people within two hours. The box body kit consists of new custom-developed GRP
sandwich panels with a PU foam core. At 20mm thick, the panels are light yet
robust, meeting the DIN EN 12642 Code XL standard for maximum load security. A
translucent roof and two-wing doors are included as standard, and optional
extras such as access ladders are also available.
Loads can be secured using airline rails - built as
standard at the factory. Custom load securing elements, such as lashing bars or
combo-anchor rails, are also available. Load securing rails can be ordered in a
height of 900 mm, or two rails in heights of 600 and 1,200 mm.
Additionally, operators will be able to call on the
support of Schmitz Cargobull’s pan-European support network of more than 1,300
service partners. The Schmitz Cargobull service network guarantees availability
across Europe of original spare parts, complete spare part documentation and a
complete aftersales programme.
V.KO Dry van bodies are expected to be available for the
UK market during Q2 2017.