Turners switches to Thermo King’s Advancer

Newmarket, UK: Turners (Soham) has ordered 71 new single compartment reefer trailers with Advancer A400 systems.

Turners anticipates significant fuel savings from running the latest trailers with the new Thermo King Advancer system. Marshall Fleet Solutions will supply and maintain the fridges.

Initially, 31 Gray & Adams single compartment trailers with TK Advancer units will join the Turners fleet over 10 weeks this summer with a further 40 similar specification G&A trailers going into service from October.

Tim King, group fleet engineer, Turners, said: “The increase in fuel price as a result of the rebate on red diesel being withdrawn will have a major impact on our overall fleet running costs.

“However, we believe that the introduction of new modern trailers into our fleet, all of which will benefit from Advancer’s proven fuel saving performance, will continue our push to operate the most economic temperature-controlled trailer fleet as possible.”

All 71 of the new G&A trailers with Advancers are expected to remain in Turners’ fleet for at least 10 years, mainly working from the company’s Newmarket and Spalding sites.

“We are a long-term major fleet user of Thermo King refrigeration systems in conjunction with Marshall Fleet Solutions, with whom we have a really close working relationship. As soon as Advancer was launched, MFS worked hard to ensure that we could introduce this innovative trailer fridge system into our fleet as soon as it was available,” King said.

Marshall runs a dedicated service and maintenance point at the Turners site in Newmarket, handling the large number of Thermo King refrigeration systems in its fleet

“Such is the synergy between the companies that this close relationship allows us to achieve far greater efficiencies and productivity with regards to our temperature-controlled trailer fleet. With the inbuilt telematics in the new Advancers, MFS and ourselves will be able to monitor closely the up-to-date fuel usage to identify the progress that we are making with regards to generating even greater fuel savings within the fleet,” King said.

Turners operates some 700 refrigerated trailers, with over 500 of the trailers using Thermo King fridges.
Mark Howell, managing director, Marshall Fleet Solutions, said: “With the rebate on red diesel being withdrawn, and by switching to the new sustainable Advancer units, Turners will automatically benefit from their refrigeration systems using fuel in a much more efficient way, burning less of it, which in turn has a positive impact on greenhouse gas emissions from their latest transport refrigeration units.”

“By adopting this new technology with its fuel saving advantages, Turners will not only improve the efficiency of its fleet but also benefit from increased residual values of their trailers, with better advanced temperature management and inbuilt connectivity,” Howell said.



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