SDC adds boxvan and lifting-deck curtainsider trailers to EN XL range

SDC Boxvan trailer

Two new trailer models from SDC have been approved for EN XL certification. The dry freight boxvan trailer and hydraulic lifting-deck curtainsider were launched at the CV Show in April but have now been accredited to meet EN 12642 XL.

The assessment was carried out by TUV-NORD at Alconbury, Peterborough in August where in order to gain EN12642XL certification, each trailer had to go through a series of fully loaded tests to simulate emergency manoeuvres, both in cornering and braking.

The GRP Boxvan trailer was redesigned to improve the not only the durability but also the volume, and can now accommodate 34 Euro pallets. It has a galvanised rear frame and crossmember, as well as flush side raves, while corner capping’s aims to prevent corrosion. The Hydraulic Lifting Deck Curtainsider is made with a lightweight deck and is able to transport 52 pallets. Its multi position ratchet system allows increments of 120mm between decks.

SDC’s Engineering Manager Jimmy Dorrian said: “EN XL certification guarantees the quality, build strength and safe load containment of SDC’s new boxvan and hydraulic lifting deck curtainsider. In addition to this, the new trailer models have been designed to provide a number of economic cost savings for the operator. As the market leader, SDC are continuously reviewing our EN XL range and work closely with our customers to develop solutions in line with their requirements.”

The two new units increase SDC’s range of EN XL certified trailers to 10, with wrap around rear step frame double deck trailers, Fastliner trailers, 13.6m and 15.65m curtainsiders and platform headboard trailers amongst the available equipment.

Bullet Express take 12 new Dafs

Bullet Express

Glasgow-based Bullet Express has bought 12 new DAF 6×2 tractor units and 11 new trailers on a three-year, full-service contract hire agreement from Asset Alliance.

Of the new DAF XF 530 Super Space Cab tractor units, eight will be operating out of Prestwick airport and have been liveried in the company’s blue and white branding. The units will work alongside four specialised aeroplane part carriers, working solely on their contract with Spirit AeroSystems, and will deliver wing parts to airports in Bristol, Chester and Nottingham.

The other four tractor units will also be livered but will work on Bullet Express’ trunking network and put into service by November, along with seven tri-axle Montracon curtainsiders.

David McCutcheon, Managing Director of Bullet Express, says: “Asset Alliance was the clear standout of all the suppliers we approached. They offered us the most comprehensive and cost-effective solution and were honest and straightforward throughout, delivering everything on time and as promised.

“Their approach to business – open, flexible and efficient – is a perfect match for our own, and they understand the importance of maximising fleet uptime throughout the contract. The customer service has been continually excellent, and we are already looking forward to replacing more of our fleet with them in the future.”