Kent-based CVME Truck Rental is running the first two rigid reefers built by Bevan Group in co-operation with Schmitz Cargobull (Trucking, March).

The 18-tonne chassis cabs have temperature-controlled 7.5 m bodies and are now working for one of CVME Truck Rental’s leading customers – a national high-street department store chain.

The bodies were assembled at Bevan’s production facility in Oldbury, West Midlands, using designs, components and materials supplied by Schmitz Cargobull – including unique features such as bolted and galvanised sub-frames and high-performance FERROPLAST panels. The bodies are fitted with single-temperature refrigeration units, but have moving bulkheads with thermostatic fans that allow for dual-temperature operation. The trucks are also equipped with temperature recorders and 1.5-tonne tuckaway tail lifts.

Philip Browning, CVME Truck Rental director, said: “I had read about Schmitz Cargobull working with Bevan Group in the trade press, and when our client approached us with a requirement for refrigerated rigid trucks, I decided to take a closer look.

“The dimensions, specification and high payload allowance offered a good fit for my client’s needs, and the price was competitive – so I had no hesitation in choosing these bodies.”

caption: CVME’s rigids are the first from Bevan/Schmitz