11 July 2012
By Schmitz Cargobull
Northern Ireland-based Hannon Transport is expanding its trailer fleet with 20 new reefers from Schmitz Cargobull in order to meet the operational demands of several major new contracts.
The company – which imports fresh flowers and plants into Ireland from across Europe – says the business is growing annually by up to 30 per cent, and it is certainly no coincidence that the Schmitz Cargobull logo appears on the vast majority of its trailer line up.
“Our focus is on quality and value,” said Aodh Hannon, Managing Director of Hannon Transport. “With such a rapidly growing business we have to be sure that every piece of equipment we operate is up to the job, is robust and is going to meet the demands and expectations of our customers. That’s why we continue to specify trailers from Schmitz Cargobull; as well as a refined product, we are continually impressed with the service we receive from the sales team.”
The 20 new high-volume, European spec trailers feature an internal width of 2.49m and a height of 2.7m, enabling maximum load fill of pallets and enough horizontal space to minimise the risk of damage to fragile cargo.
Each trailer is also equipped with Vector 1850 MT refrigeration units from Carrier Transicold, allowing for mono and multi-temperature operation – particularly important when transporting cut and potted flowers which require differing storage temperatures.
The trailers will operate from Hannon’s new distribution centre in Dublin, where they will be used to deliver products to major supermarkets, wholesalers and garden centres throughout the whole of Ireland, as well as carrying out general groupage operations to and from the continent.
“We have a diverse business which also encompasses the export of fresh and frozen food products over to Holland, so we have to think very carefully about the equipment we invest in. Reliability and value for money are ultimately the deciding factors, and Schmitz Cargobull delivers both with every trailer that joins our fleet,” added Hannon.
Hannon Transport has a vehicle fleet comprising 70 trucks, 130 trailers and 20 rigids. The 20 new additional reefers are expected to remain on the fleet for a minimum of seven years.