Schmitz Cargobull unveils its new UK plant – and a new semi-trailer

Close to 200 customers, dignitaries and members of the press gathered at the Schmitz Cargobull factory in Manchester recently to celebrate the official opening of the plant.

During our visit to the production facility in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester, we also had a first glance at the new S.CS FREEPOST curtainsider semi-trailer which is the latest product to be manufactured in Manchester where trailers have been specially developed for the UK & Ireland since the summer of 2021.

Pictured L-R: Dr. Günter Schweitzer (Chief Operations Officer, Schmitz Cargobull); Andreas Busacker (Chief Financial Offer, Schmitz Cargobull); Colin Maher (Managing Director Sales & Services, Schmitz Cargobull UK); Mike Kane (Labour MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East); Paul Avery (Managing Director Operations, Schmitz Cargobull UK); and Boris Billich (Chief Sales Officer, Schmitz Cargobull).

“Schmitz Cargobull stands for reliability and innovation and guarantees consistently high-quality standards worldwide, from vehicle configuration to the handover of the vehicle to the customer. The opening of the plant, here on site in Manchester, is therefore an important step,” says Andreas Schmitz, CEO at Schmitz Cargobull.  “The plant joins our network of highly flexible production facilities, enabling us to respond quickly to local market requirements.”

Adds Boris Billich, Director of Sales at Schmitz Cargobull: “The new Manchester plant enables us to bring trailers to our customers in the UK and Ireland that fit specific market demands, while offering the most reliable and proven chassis solutions in order to help achieve best total cost of ownership. In addition, transfer costs, CO2 emissions and throughput times are minimised.”

With the addition of the new S.CS FREEPOST, Schmitz Cargobull’s Manchester facility is now manufacturing three high-quality trailers designed specifically for the local market – two curtainsider semi-trailers, the new S.CS FREEPOST and the S.CS FIXED ROOF, as well as the dry freight semi-trailer S.BO PACE.

The new S.CS FREEPOST curtainsider semi-trailer is for general cargo transport. Equipped with a fixed aluminium roof, galvanised steel outer rails and a reinforced chassis structure, it does not have any side stanchions. This pillarless design allows the driver a free side loading and unloading height of up to 3,200 mm. To facilitate unloading, the curtain can be tensioned from both the front and the rear.

Additional handling comfort is provided by the optional Schmitz Cargobull Susi-Rail. This allows the light and brake connections to be moved and operated from the side. The S.CS FREEPOST is available in different heights from 4,200 mm to 4,800 mm.

More in the next issue of Export & Freight.