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Castell Howell’s first double-deck trailer

Castell Howell’s 13.6-metre Gray and Adams double-decker with Carrier’s Vector 1950 multi-temperature fridge

Cross Hands, Carmarthenshire, Wales: Food wholesaler Castell Howell is adding its first double-deck trailer to its fleet.

Castell Howell has also taken five direct-drive Xarios 600 MTs and 15 Supra truck-mounted systems

The 13.6-metre Gray & Adams built double-deck trailer has a Carrier Transicold Vector 1950 multi-temperature fridge and will be the largest internal load space Carrier Transicold has ever cooled for the food wholesaler.

Castell Howell has operated Carrier Transicold equipment for more than 30 years, says Martin Jones, director of transport operations, Castell Howell.

“When it came to specifying the double-deck, we found the Vector 1950 MT ticked all of the right boxes – particularly impressing with its rapid pull-down speeds and excellent refrigerant containment.”

The new double-deck trailer offers a significant increase in load space, helping to maximise fleet efficiency and reduce vehicle journeys, with the ability to maintain up to three different set points across both decks at the same time. The new trailer is finished in a striking black livery and joins the company’s existing six-strong trailer fleet.
In addition, because of the Vector 1950 MT’s E-Drive all-electric technology, the unit helps to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by lowering refrigerant leak rates by as much as 55 per cent over conventional belt-driven systems. Along with the environmental impact, this also brings down maintenance costs.

The breadth of Carrier Transicold’s commercial vehicle product range and long-time, close working relationship with Castell Howell were key to securing the order.

The full agreement includes five direct-drive Xarios 600 MTs and 15 Supra truck-mounted systems spread across three models – the Supra 550, 850 MT and 1250 MT. The Xarios and Supra units are mounted to 20 new rigid trucks with gross vehicle weights between 7.5 and 18 tonnes – all part of the company’s 140-vehicle fleet.

Castell Howell was founded in 1988 and has since established itself as Wales’ largest independent wholesaler, culminating with the completion of a £4.2mreinvestment to its main warehousing and distribution facility this year. Its fleet transports a range of ambient, chilled and frozen products across Wales and the south west of England.