Improved efficiencies, increased sustainability and proven fuel economy are said to be the key drivers behind Huntapac Produce Ltd taking five new additional G&A refrigerated trailers fitted with Thermo King’s brand-new Advancer A400 refrigeration systems for the first time.
This five reefer trailer deal, supplied via Huntapac’s preferred trailer supplier TIP Trailer Services, in conjunction with a Thermo King dealer, resulted from the West Lancashire company running one of MFS’s Advancer demonstration trailers in its fleet.
Operating in the busy pre-Christmas December trading period, the MFS Advancer trailer is reported to have returned 48 per cent fuel savings in comparison with other similar fleet trailers running alternative refrigeration systems on the same routes.
Commenting on now specifying Thermo King systems in its trailer fleet, Joanne Cleece, head of transport at Huntapac Produce Ltd said: “Across the whole spectrum of our tractor unit and trailer fleet, we are looking to increase the overall fleet fuel efficiency going forward, specifically to offset the continually rising costs of fuel. We were keen to try the Advancer system as soon as it was launched to see whether Thermo King’s Advancer fuel cost claims were justified.
“Within the trial period, based on our running profile of 1,500 hours per annum, the fuel savings were exceptional, in comparison to our existing reefer trailers fitted with the equivalent incumbent systems. In addition, the Advancer performance stats also indicated a substantial environmental benefit too with significant savings in CO² output per unit. Instantly we realised that Advancer was going to be a game changer, not just for our future refrigerated trailer fleet but for the industry in general.”
Thermo King is represented in Ireland by Ballinlough Refrigeration.