Paneltex celebrates its 21st at CV Show

Hull; UK: Paneltex celebrates its 21st anniversary this year returning to the CV Show with a line-up of new products.

Representing the Somers Refrigeration Division are two refrigerated van conversions built to ATP Class C specification.  A medium wheelbase, high-roof Euro5 VW Crafter, converted by Somers for dual temperature applications, will feature the Somers’ patented direct air system and a movable bulkhead.

Refrigeration is provided by a GAH Super Rapier SR351F direct drive system and the Somers body conversion achieves a ‘K’ factor of 0.3 W/M/°C.  Other unique body features include the Somers Superfreeze fold back sliding load door on the nearside, as well as Superfreeze modular rear doors.

The second Somers’ conversion is a Mercedes Vito in long wheelbase specification with single compartment body converted by Somers to ATP Class C standards with a GAH Rapier R300 F refrigeration system and the Somers’ sliding freezer side door.

From Paneltex and with Ocado’s new livery is a Mercedes Sprinter chassis cab specified with a dual compartment Paneltex refrigerated body.  The vehicle has a GAH direct drive refrigeration system and the Paneltex insulated body is custom built for Ocado’s home delivery operation with access doors on both sides of the body for ease of unloading at customer drops, as well as full width rear doors to facilitate the loading of goods onto the vehicle prior to the delivery journey.

Also on the stand is an 18-tonne Daf LF55 chassis cab with an 8.4m Paneltex dual compartment temperature controlled body for Palmer & Harvey.  The Paneltex body has a Frigoblok FK24 diesel overcab refrigeration system with a three-piece movable internal bulkhead, an insulated rear shutter door, and taillift.

This all-electric vehicle with Paneltex body has an electric refrigeration system

Completing the five-vehicle line up for Paneltex is a 7.5tonne all-electric vehicle from the company’s Zeroed division.  The 7.5-tonne Isuzu 4×2 rigid chassis cab has a 6.5m single compartment Paneltex refrigerated body, with side access door on the nearside and double rear doors.  This all-electric vehicle will have an electric refrigeration system, as well as lithium iron phosphate batteries and a 50-mph limiter.

Chris Berridge, managing director, Paneltex said, “2012 is a big year for the Paneltex group of companies, a significant milestone in the company’s history and confirming our status as one of the UK’s leading specialist bodybuilders for the commercial vehicle industry.  The product line-up chosen for the show gives visitors to the stand an interesting selection of vehicles from our group of companies, clearly showing our diverse manufacturing capabilities, as well as our specialist bodybuilding expertise.”


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