Schmitz Cargobull reveals new box body semi-trailer that’s built in the UK

Semi trailer manufacturer Schmitz Cargobull has unveiled its first new product from its new UK factory – a fully modular dry-freight semi-trailer designed for UK and Irish operators with market-specific features.

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Named the S.KO PACE SMART, the trailer is targeted primarily at the parcel delivery and dry freight market, and features “innovative honeycomb STRUKTOPLAST panels” according to the manufacturer.

Schmitz Cargobull claims the lightweight panels mean each trailer weighs around 600 kg less than competitor models. As a result, the tare weight of the trailer remains consistent over time, ensuring the payload potential on day one is maintained for the life of the asset. It will also significantly reduce carbon emissions over the lifetime of the trailer.

Boris Billich, Chief Sales Officer and Member of the Schmitz Cargobull’s Executive Board, says:

“The launch of the S.KO PACE SMART is a significant development for the dry freight market in the UK and Ireland because of the benefits it brings to operators and because it is built in Manchester. Landed costs, carbon emissions and lead times will be significantly reduced. I am really excited to extend our product range with the S.KO PACE, a product that will provide outstanding value for UK and Irish operators.”

The S.KO PACE SMART is fully EN 12642 code XL certified and offers a variety of options including load securing rails, translucent roof, tail lift and two choices of doors – rear shutter, or aluminium barn doors. Furthermore, its ROTOS axles are covered by a 1,000,000 km or six-year warranty.

Schmitz Cargobull states the trailer can be fitted with any load restraint to protect parcels including rear parcel safety nets or gates, and has a standard floor strength of 5.5 tonnes, with options to increase to 7.1 tonnes or 8.0 tonnes for those carrying heavier loads or needing to move materials handling equipment. The Schmitz Cargobull telematics system TrailerConnect® is also fitted as a standard to provide intelligent connectivity and support fast diagnostics of all components with the telematics control unit.

The Schmitz Cargobull plant in Manchester has so far created 40 jobs in production and administration and is now home of the entire UK team of currently 62 employees.