Castell Howell takes first Carrier Transicold Vectors

Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales: Castell Howell is one of Carrier Transicold’s first UK customers to take the Vector HE 19 (High Efficiency), trailer fridges.

The new arrival forms part of a larger order of Carrier Transicold systems. The new Vector HE 19 is on a 13.6-metre double-deck trailer – the company’s third – by Gray & Adams.

Castell Howell has also ordered six new 15-tonne Daf LF rigids with Solomon bodies and Carrier Transicold Iceland Twincool units refrigeration systems, that will enter service later in the year. This will be Castell Howell’s first use of Carrier Transicold’s truck engine driven fridge.

“It’s always very exciting to be at the forefront of new technology in our industry,” said Martin Jones, director of transport operations, Castell Howell.

“So getting the opportunity to be one of the first companies to use the next-generation Vector unit was obviously something we jumped at.


Castell Howell with one of the first Carrier Transicold’s Vector HE 19 trailer fridges.


The new arrival forms part of a larger order of Carrier Transicold systems. The new Vector HE 19 is on a 13.6-metre double-deck trailer – the company’s third – by Gray & Adams.

“We’ve been specifying Carrier Transicold equipment for close to 30 years, so we had absolutely no doubt the new Vector would match up to the high standards we have come to expect. Alongside the engineless options for the new rigids, it really was the next logical step for the fleet.”

The new Vector HE 19’s re-design includes redeveloped internal architecture that cuts fuel consumption by up to 30%, Carrier says. There is also a 10% weight saving and noise reduction of 3 dB(A) and predicted 15% savings on maintenance costs.

“Our trailers operate on intense trunking routes all year round, so the ability to lower running costs across the total life of the unit was a huge draw for us. The reduction in fuel, weight and maintenance costs will all add up to significant savings over time. On top of that, it’s so quiet we have to keep checking it’s not actually on standby,” Jones said.

Castell Howell’s six new rigid trucks will also be joined by two new 7.2-tonne Iveco Daily vans with Carrier Transicold’s Pulsor 600 MT.

The new vehicles comprise a mix of additions and replacements to Castell Howell’s 150-vehicles. The double-deck trailer is expected to cover around 60,000 miles a year, with the new rigid trucks covering close to 40,000 miles on multi-drop routes.

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