60-second interview: Paul Avery, MD Schmitz Cargobull
Favourite holiday destination and why?
Tuscany. Beautiful scenery, beautiful people, beautiful food and beautiful wine.
What cars do you drive?
Audi A5 and Porsche Boxster
Cooking, travel and playing a tenor saxophone (badly)
How did you get into the industry and why?
After leaving school my best exam results were in the sciences, so I started as a draughtsman for a Birmingham based vehicle bodybuilder called Wilsdon and Co. I moved to Durham in 1989 and joined York Thermostar as a design engineer, electing to stay with Schmitz after they bought Thermostar in 1991. Since then I’ve worked my way up from head of engineering and R&D, to general manager and now MD.
How would you encourage more young people into the industry?
I would encourage UK manufacturers to have a robust apprenticeship program. Schmitz Cargobull recruits around 60 apprentices per year throughout the group. These programmes ensure the future growth, efficiency and quality of any manufacturer.
What is the outlook for your sector of the market over the next 12 months?
The signs are still positive. Enquiry levels are high and have been for well over a year. Schmitz Cargobull UK has expanded its portfolio and now offers tippers, rigid fridge bodies and fixed roof curtainsiders in addition to the reefer trailers, Euroliners and dry freight products we are best known for. This expansion has allowed us to grow even further as a business in the UK.
LE Jackson launches new eutectic truck-body
The eutectic principle of refrigeration is a well-established concept, but has previously been limited in its suitability for road transport applications.
A new body from bodybuilder LE Jackson (Coachworks) of Loughborough has overcome these limitations of the non-moving part technology.
The two significant advances are the ability to combine Jackson’s patent pending roof-mounted Eisbar eutectic cooling beams with an aerodynamic sloping roof design and to incorporate a movable bulkhead.
The bulkhead allows dual temperature operation, with frozen at the rear and chilled at the front. The prototype body is about to enter service with a leading food services supplier.