Schmitz Cargobull to build trailers in Manchester

German semi-trailer manufacturer Schmitz Cargobull is about to open a new factory at Wythenshawe, Manchester. The 7,500 sq m facility will have the capacity to build 50 trailers a week for the UK and Ireland, and will include a 1,000 sq m parts depot and a new UK head office.

It will complement the European market leader’s four factories in Germany, and another five overseas, spread from Lithuania to Australia. Together they produce 46,000 trailers annually.

CEO Andreas Schmitz said “The UK is a key transport and logistics market and an important semi-trailer and rigid truck market for us. With the new plant we are moving closer to our customers and ensuring that we can address their needs offering the most reliable chassis and a proven local body.”

Sales director Boris Billich added “We want to support transport companies in the UK and Ireland in a best possible way with our comprehensive range of reliable and innovative transport solutions. This includes vehicles with market-specific features, shortest possible delivery times, an extensive 24/7 spare parts supply as well as our proven range of services from financing to telematics and used vehicle sales.”

AD Fuels adds new Volvo FH LNG trucks to growing fleet

AD Fuels has added four new ADR-spec Volvo FH LNG 6x2 tractor units to its fleet after seeing an increase in demand for transporting LNG.

The Worthing-based company is just three years old and their arrival sees the fleet increase from 12 to 16 trucks. AD Fuels expects its LNG tanker fleet to heave reached 13 dedicated LNG tankers by the end of 2021 with several moving floor trailers and CNG tankers also on fleet.

The new arrivals were ordered through MC Truck and Bus after trialling demonstrators from two other manufacturers.

Jon Mayes, head of transport at AD Fuels said: “Demand for LNG is growing exponentially, and we felt now was the perfect opportunity to introduce these trucks into our own operation. We’ve seen at first-hand the benefits LNG brings to fleets; and just like them, we wanted to take advantage of running on a cleaner and cheaper fuel too.”

“The Volvo demonstrator performed exceptionally well, didn’t skip a beat in service and has quickly established itself as the most popular LNG truck on the market.”

Each of the new trucks is expected to cover around 160,000km per year working seven days per week, transporting LNG from the Isle of Grain to sites across the UK.