Sch­mitz Car­gob­ull into NZ

New Zealand Truck & Driver - - News -

GLOBAL TRAILERMAKER SCH­MITZ CAR­GOB­ULL HAS bro­ken into the New Zealand mar­ket…in a big way.

In a part­ner­ship deal with Kiwi trailer man­u­fac­turer Frue­hauf, it’s sup­ply­ing 42 re­frig­er­ated truck and trailer bodies to the Halls Group.

e deal sees Frue­hauf, re­cently ap­pointed Sch­mitz Car­gob­ull’s NZ agent, im­port­ing some of the trail­ers fully built – and build­ing the rest here, as­sem­bling im­ported Sch­mitz Car­gob­ull CKD body panel kits, for tment to its own chas­sis.

e or­der com­prises nine nine-axle HPMV truck and trailer units (thus 18 bodies), 16 fully-im­ported tri-axle semi-trail­ers for metro op­er­a­tions and eight quad-axle semis.

Halls has speci ed that the dual-tem­per­a­ture units – with side and rear doors – are built of Sch­mitz Car­gob­ull’s patented Fer­ro­plast pan­elling.

And, in an Asia-Paci c rst, they also have the Ger­man com­pany’s own telem­at­ics-en­abled re­frig­er­a­tion units.

An­dreas Sch­mitz, chair­man of the board of the com­pany that built over 50,000 trail­ers world­wide in 2015/’16 – gen­er­at­ing 1.779bil­lion Euro in sales – nalised the deal with Hall Group ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tors Grant and Craig Madill and MD Alan Pear­son and Frue­hauf di­rec­tor and sales man­ager Je Mear at the Bris­bane Truck Show.

Says Sch­mitz: “ e land­mark sale cov­ers about 35% of the an­nual sales vol­ume for re­frig­er­ated trans­port equip­ment in NZ, so we’re ex­tremely proud to sup­port the NZ in­dus­try in such a com­pre­hen­sive way.”

Halls, which has over 300 solid-sided re­frig­er­ated trail­ers in its eet, will use the Sch­mitz Car­gob­ull units on its con­tract with Pro­gres­sive En­ter­prises, for de­liv­er­ies to its Count­down su­per­mar­kets.

Sch­mitz Car­gob­ull Aus­tralia GM To­bias Hess­ing says that a “strong re­la­tion­ship with Frue­hauf…has been in­stru­men­tal” in se­cur­ing the deal, just two months af­ter a sup­ply agree­ment with Frue­hauf was com­pleted.

“ e ex­pan­sion, with Frue­hauf NZ, into the NZ mar­ket­place is a huge suc­cess for our team and a tes­ta­ment to the qual­ity of the Sch­mitz Fer­ro­plast prod­uct.”

e Fer­ro­plast pan­els, Mear ex­plains, have gal­vanised steel outer skins with a special high-den­sity foam in­su­la­tion in be­tween – the strength of the steel re­mov­ing the need for re­in­force­ment in the walls.

Sch­mitz Car­gob­ull says other bene ts in­clude the pre­ven­tion of wa­ter ingress into the pan­els, thus no weight gain; low heat stor­age ca­pac­ity, re­sult­ing in faster tem­per­a­ture pull­down times; the durable steel skins “never get brit­tle;” and the pan­els are eas­ily re­paired and de­liver im­proved up­time.

e or­der takes Frue­hauf into a new area of the trailer mar­ket: In their eight years of op­er­a­tion, own­ers Mear and Phil Watchorn have only built “one or two” hard-siders.

Now, on the back of the Halls or­der, they have es­tab­lished a sep­a­rate Frue­hauf di­vi­sion – ded­i­cated to pro­duc­ing Sch­mitz Car­gob­ull Fer­ro­plast bodies and trail­ers. It has its own Auck­land assem­bly and man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­duc­tion line and 10 ex­tra sta have been em­ployed to man it.

De­liv­ery of the Halls units is sched­uled to be­gin in early Oc­to­ber and ex­tend through to the end of the year.

e im­ported CKD kits, com­pris­ing a pre­fab­ri­cated Fer­ro­plast oor, roof, walls and doors, can be as­sem­bled in three and a half days, Mear says. Once a stock­pile of the kits and chas­sis sec­tions is es­tab­lished, the com­pany aims to be able to build a Sch­mitz Car­gob­ull semi-trailer in two weeks.

To sup­port the re­frig­er­ated trail­ers and bodies, Frue­hauf has also es­tab­lished a ser­vice network,with fa­cil­i­ties in Auck­land, Palmer­ston North and Christchurch.

Mear says that Sch­mitz patented its Fer­ro­plast tech­nol­ogy in 1978 – “and they say that 90% of Europe has gone away from tra­di­tional glass bodies and gone to this type of body now.

“It’s ex­cit­ing for us – rstly to be se­lected by Sch­mitz as their agent and sec­ondly to be able to back it up with a big or­der….to have some­one like Halls as a launch cus­tomer, and in a rea­son­able quan­tity.”


Shak­ing on the deal at the Bris­bane Truck Show are Halls MD Alan Pear­son (cen­tre left) and Sch­mitz Car­gob­ull chair­man An­dreas Sch­mitz, as (from left) Halls ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Craig Madill, Sch­mitz Car­gob­ull Aus­tralia GM To­bias Hess­ing, Frue­hauf ’s Je ...

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