Hultsteins appoints Longhurst Refrigeration as its UK national aftersales service partner

Swedish refrigeration manufacturer Hultsteins has appointed Kent-based Longhurst Refrigeration as its UK national aftersales service partner.

As well as providing hands-on service to Hultsteins customers in its usual catchment area, Longhurst will also have responsibility for co-ordinating all R&M work carried out on Hultsteins behalf, nationwide.

“As a fully independent company, this is potentially a game-changer for us,” says Longhurst Refrigeration operations director Fred Allen.

Hultsteins offers two main products, both of which enable a truck refrigeration unit to be powered by the vehicle’s engine via a PTO, eradicating the reliance on red diesel.

D&L Haulage (Dorset) saves time and money with TPMS from TyreWatch

Poole-based moving-floor specialist D&L Haulage (Dorset) is saving time and money thanks to TyreWatch tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) and tyre service provider Universal Tyres.

“Darren Wrann, MD at D&L, came to me because he felt the fleet had reached a size where he needed to address his tyre spend,” explained Wayne Willavoys, account manager at Universal Tyres. “I put together a PPK tyre contract for him and started looking at initiatives to reduce his downtime.”

One such initiative was the introduction of TPMS from TyreWatch. “Darren liked the idea, so we ran a trial on two of his trailers, that being where he was getting the bulk of his punctures. The system proved its worth in the first week, when we were able to catch five events on just one of them!” continued Willavoys.

TyreWatch monitors every tyre in a fleet, looking for changes in pressure and temperature, and alerting the operator when an issue is detected.

“In the case of those first five events, by liaising with D&L's transport office when the alerts came through, we were able to get a van deployed to meet up with the driver immediately, massively reducing his downtime,” Willavoys said. “This meant that instead of the driver waiting for a standard 90-minute call out, the job was done and dusted in 25-30 minutes on all occasions.”