Manfreight has taken delivery of twenty trailers from Schmitz Cargobull, specifically the company’s S.CS Fixed Roof units. 

As a result, the operator is preparing for the expansion of its bulk and dry freight division.

The new curtainsider trailers were built in Manchester and are fitted with Schmitz Cargobull’s TrailerConnect telematics. 

Therefore, they are subject to 24/7 monitoring to accurately pinpoint their exact location. 

In addition, fleet managers will have access to other data such as tyre mileage, speed and axle load.

 Chris Slowey, managing director at Manfreight, said the deal was down to a great long-term working relationship.

“We’ve been buying Schmitz trailers for the best part of 30 years, we value them as a trusted partner,” he explained. 

“The technology it has been able to offer us on the temperature-controlled side of our business is second-to-none.”

Continuing, Slowey said Manfreight was keen to incorporate that specification into its curtainsider fleet.

Essentially, TrailerConnect will allow Manfreight to access information from the trailers at any time via an online portal. 

In other words, the information will display an overview of maintenance and trailer scheduling data. 

Furthermore, the system increases safety, through messages sent to the company via SMS or e-mail in the event of trailer tampering.

“They’re a bit more than your standard curtainsider, that’s for sure,” admitted Slowey. 

“Having these 100% connected units gives our customers complete faith and confidence that their goods will be delivered on time, every time.”

Each of the trailers has a straight front wall for free side loading and tarpaulin tensioning. 

Meanwhile, there’s an XL load securing side curtain with standard anti-theft protection and an aluminium roof. 

The new twenty trailers will be paired with Manfreight’s Volvo and Scania tractor units. 

Finally, the combinations are expected to cover in the region of 135,000km a year.