Brit-Pol has added 160 new trailers from Krone to its fleet.
The move aims to take the the family-run business into new markets throughout the Benelux countries and other parts of Europe.
Formed just over 10 years ago, Brit-Pol runs an average of 89 vehicles, delivering auto parts and general cargo.
TIP, whose global fleet comprises 125,000 trailers and 8,000 tractor units, has structured a bespoke funding solution for 26 of the trailers, spreading the cost among several funding partners to achieve ‘an optimum 3-5-year leasing arrangement’
Transport operations director, Adam Zegocki said the new trailer equipment would be phased in over the next six weeks and despite the pressures brought by Covid-19, the business is set to become a truly pan-European operation.
“Flexibility is key to our growth plan,” he explained, “and by specifying these trailers from Krone we can improve our loading capability for a wider range of customers."
The curtainsiders come with Krone’s MultiLock loading system, which features strapping points every 10cm on each side rave and using Krone’s hook and ratchet strapping system. This allows virtually any load to be securely fixed anywhere on the trailer bed.
All the curtainsiders have sliding roofs and the Mega Liner, with an internal height of 3m, is equipped with a hydraulic lifting roof, which gains up to 50cm additional space for loading outsized cargo.
For added load security, the curtains are fitted with integrated aluminium planks and the flush-faced steel container-type rear doors come with integrated door furniture and a concealed latch. The 30mm phenolic-coated floor is rated to EN 283 for 7,000 kg forklift axle loading.
In total, 40 Box Liner container carriers, 60 Profi Liner and 60 Mega Liner curtainsiders are being added to the fleet for new and existing ADR, waste, auto parts and mixed pallet contracts. All the trailers are riding on Krone axles, with six-year unlimited mileage warranty cover and a number will be operated via TIP Trailer Services UK.
“We want to work with the best, so TIP, being a truly pan-European leader in their field seemed the obvious choice,” Zegocki added. “Good quality trailers and high availability in the UK and Europe, allow us to offer flexible supply chain solutions to our customers.”
Based close to the Killingholme, Immingham and Hull ports, Brit-Pol aims to respond to high demand for full load, onward deliveries throughout the UK - a service which the company provides on a 24-hour basis.
“As we expand operations further into Europe it’s good to know we have the expertise of Krone and TIP’s back-up service," Zegocki said. "With Krone’s Service Locator, should we need local help, all we need to do is enter the location of the vehicle and a choice of nearest Krone-appointed workshops will be available.”
Brit-Pol will operate the newly expanded fleet of 175 trailers and 80 tractor units – including Scania, Volvo, MAN and DAF under Webfleet Solutions' vehicle tracking system.