Suffolk-based Bartrum Group has invested in a fleet of six new 15.65m longer-length semi-trailers (LSTs) from SDC.

The family-owned freight operator provides non-hazardous and hazardous distribution services through the UK, as well as warehousing and a range of classroom-based training courses including funded driver training courses.

The new longer curtainsiders were designed to help cut the company’s emissions and are fitted with a second deck to provide increased capacity and more efficient operations for the group’s Pallet Track services.

The tri-axle curtainsiders also feature an EN 12642-XL design, with a FS1 sloping roof to minimise drag, which helps to cut fuel usage, LED lighting and wrap-around curtains.

The Bartrum Group said it has formed a long-term partnership with SDC as they continue to expand their 250-trailer fleet.

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Robert Bartum, MD, said: “We are committed to providing the most efficient service to our customers and Bartrum’s latest delivery of high-volume double-deck curtainsiders reflects this.

“We worked jointly with SDC to develop a specification that would minimise our carbon footprint while also increasing the capacity of each vehicle by up to eight additional pallets.

“The new double decks have helped us to achieve fuel savings and offer the most competitive service to customers. Our fleet also incorporates the latest GPS tracking technology and fully integrated EDC systems which help us to monitor and enhance our operations.”

Matt Kerrison, SDC Trailers UK sales manager, said, “SDC is proud to supply the Bartrum Group with our quality LST solutions designed to enhance and improve their pallet operations.

“We worked with Robert and the team to provide a premium specification that increases pallet capacity and incorporates our unique FS1 aerodynamic design providing further fuel and environmental savings.”