Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, UK: Culina has ordered 83 Vector 1550 trailer fridges from Carrier Transicold UK as part of its 2015 fleet replacement.
The new Carrier Transicold units will be mounted onto a mix of Montracon and Gray & Adams trailers, including 73 standard length 13.6 metre trailers and ten 14.6 metre longer trailers. The 4.6m trailers are part of the UK Department for Transport’s trial of longer articulated goods vehicles, allowing Culina to increase load capacity on selected routes.
The new trailers will be used to deliver temperature-sensitive goods from food manufacturers to retailers, distribution outlets and regional distribution centres.
“Our fleet is on the road 365 days a year, so we’re focused on eliminating unexpected fleet downtime altogether,” said Mark Matkin, group fleet manager, Culina. “In the rare event that we do have a problem with one of our units, it’s paramount that we get it fixed and back on the road as soon as possible.
“The support offered by Carrier’s service partner network was one of the main reasons we chose Carrier Transicold,” added Matkin. “Also key to securing this order was the proven performance of the Vector 1550 units.”
The Vector units are covered by an eight-year EverCold service, maintenance and repair contract. This includes all maintenance recommended by Carrier Transicold and carried out by Carrier-trained F-Gas certified engineers using Carrier Transicold Performance Parts. It also gives Culina 24/7 access to Carrier’s new OneCall emergency assistance service.
The Carrier Transicold units integrate with Culina’s fleet telematics, providing the customer with access to temperature-critical information at any point in the journey.