One of the UK’s biggest food distribution companies has renewed 40 of its trailers, opting for lightweight semi-chassis units to reduce emissions and improve fuel economy.
NFT Distribution has procured the tri-axle reefer trailers from Schmitz Cargobull, with the trailers being imported from Germany.
The new units feature a light and robust semi-chassis, which weighs significantly less than a full chassis trailer. This increases payload potential, offering operational benefits and reducing NFT’s impact on the environment through the ability to transport more in one journey. In addition, a heavy-duty, self-supporting floor means the trailers sit 85mm lower than traditional units helping to reduce drag and further cut fuel consumption.
The trailers have also been specified with aerodynamic body kits, including side skirts and roof diffusers, because they will be used primarily for motorway work.
David Seaton, NFT Distribution Fleet Engineer, says: “Schmitz Cargobull’s trailers are robust, reliable and cost-effective so will reduce downtime for us, and the light chassis and extra body kits will really help us reduce fuel use and emissions. We’ll be running these trailers for eight years, so the benefits will definitely add up in cutting our carbon footprint.”
Established more than thirty years ago, NFT specialises in food and drink distribution and warehousing and delivers 130,000 pallets into UK grocery retailers each week.