SDC build new 50ft trailers for Malcolm Logistics

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Malcolm Logistics has added to its fleet with a bespoke trailer designed and built in collaboration with SDC. The 15.6m extended skeletal trailer is for use with 50ft big box containers that allow 15% more freight to be moved per journey.

Malcom acquired 20 SDC skeletal trailers at first, but has now taken a further eight units which are adaptable to fit two 20ft containters as well as 40ft, 45ft and the 50ft boxes.

The new design features a pneumatically powered rear, with a lever switch to power it in/out on a twin beam for easy operation and robustness.

The trailer weight has been reduced by 300kg in comparison to the 2014 model, providing a higher payload and greater efficiency for Malcolm’s operations.

A rear self-steering axle provides maximum manoeuvrability, while a Haldex soft docking system fitted to the rear will help prevent damage on loading bays. The trailer has also undergone stringent testing for both road and rail use, and has a total unladen weight of just 5,500kg.

SDC CEO Enda Cushnahan said: “SDC was the first manufacturer to develop a 15.6m extended length skeletal trailer under the UK’s 2012 longer semi-trailer trial and we have worked closely with Malcolm Logistics to understand their transport requirements. I am very pleased that they have chosen SDC again and their latest order is testament to our ongoing partnership, to develop practical solutions for cost effective road transport, while minimising the environmental impact of transport operations.”

Malcolm Group chief executive Andrew Malcolm said: “SDC’s 15.6m extended skeletal trailers allow our customers to move 15% more freight per journey over the largest available conventional container and by using a combination of our eco-friendly road and rail services, we are able to achieve a 13% reduction in CO2 emissions per pallet. Following significant savings achieved with the first 20 15.6m SDC skeletal trailers, we decided to increase our fleet operation while also re-visiting the design to see if we could further increase efficiency.

“I am pleased to say we have achieved this, working closely with SDC to develop a pneumatically powered extended skeletal trailer with enhanced operation, safety and reliability.”

Enterprise adds construction trucks to rental fleet


Growth in the construction sector for specialist vehicles has led Enterprise Flex-E-Rent to add three new types of truck to its hire fleet.

The rental provider will now have 32-tonne tippers, hook loaders and tipper grabs available for hire at its sites across the country. It is the first time vehicles of this size have been on Enterprise’s hire fleet, and will be available on flexible and short-term daily rentals.

The specification of the units has been carefully matched to suit companies working in building, infrastructure and highways.

Danny Glynn, managing director of Enterprise Flex-E-Rent, said: “Construction companies want to add vehicles to their fleets with greater flexibility, especially due to the considerable ongoing level of economic uncertainty.

“Flexible and short-term rental enables businesses to access the specialist vehicles they need for specific projects without having to commit additional capital investment. We’ve been providing commercial vehicles to the construction sector for years and have identified that certain van, HGV and equipment specifications are requested by customers over and over again. Adding these three construction-spec truck lines to our standard HGV fleet means businesses can get the core transport they need for a specific length of time, without any penalties.”

The 32-tonne tippers are equipped with a cab-operated electric sheeting system, Edbro tipper gear and have a 5mm Hardox floor with manual opening tailgates.

The hook loaders also get an electric sheeting system, and have a 22,000kg lifting capacity with a 7m body. The tipper grabs use a Palfinger Epsilon M125 Classic crane with dual controls, 5-litre bucket and Edbro tipper gear.

In addition to the new rental options, Enterprise has also just opened a new location in Luton between the M1 and A6, to serve its commercial vehicle customers.

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