Van, Truck, Trailer, Bus and Coach Aftermarket News in Ireland

New fixed roof curtainsider for the UK and Ireland

Schmitz Cargobull, the largest trailer manufacturer in Europe, has engineered a new line-up of aluminium fixed roof curtainsider trailers at its trailer manufacturing facility in Altenberge, Germany.

The new range has been developed exclusively for the UK and Irish markets and is built alongside the sliding roof curtainsiders favoured by operators on the Continent. At maximum capacity, the Altenberge plant – one of nine Schmitz Cargobull production facilities – has the capacity to build up to 200 trailers per day, enabling the company to react swiftly to even the largest fleet orders.


Key features include a new aluminium front bulkhead with galvanised steel front and rear corner posts – a specification favoured by many domestic operators as it allows free side loading (the ability to use standard forklifts to load through the side aperture, without requiring a side-shift capability). It also includes wraparound curtains and a front ratchet tensioner.

Schmitz Cargobull expects the majority of domestic fleets to specify two side posts per side without rigging boards, but also offers the option of three side posts per side with rigging boards, providing full EN 12642 XL certification.

Commenting on the launch, Paul Avery, Managing Director of Schmitz Cargobull UK, says: “We have engineered this new fixed roof curtainsider specifically for the UK and Irish markets. It allows us to compete head-to-head against domestic trailer manufacturers and be competitive on price.”

The company is exhibiting an example of its new aluminium fixed roof curtainside trailer at the TCS&D Show 2013 (18/19 September, Peterborough Arena), where it has more than 126m2 of exhibition space.

The launch trailer is 13.6m long and has been fitted with Schmitz Cargobull’s own Rotos axles, which are assembled in Altenberge and feature on 70 per cent of all new Schmitz Cargobull trailers. Riding on 385/65 R 22.5 tyres, the trailer has full height aluminium mono hinged double doors and two roof-mounted load restraint tracks, with 13 pairs of load restraint straps.

Like all Schmitz Cargobull trailers, it has been constructed using the company’s patented bolted and galvanised manufacturing technique, which is generally regarded as a more precise and high quality construction process for the 21st century. This also removes much of the need for costly welding and paint repairs in the event of damage at any point in the trailer’s life.