Hulsteins, a Swedish manufacturer of hydraulically driven refrigeration units for trucks, has joined forces with Scania GB to create an installation and support package for UK customers.

Having launched its low-emission, quiet refrigeration units into the UK market in November last year, Hulsteins said it understood the importance of creating a strong dealer support network for the technology.

The deal with Scania will see the truck manufacturer’s 88-strong dealer network providing a full service, warranty, maintenance, installation and parts network for Hulsteins.

Each refrigeration unit runs via a hydraulic pump directly from the truck engine and provides constant, even, cooling power regardless of whether the truck is on tick-over or full revs.

Units are claimed to have the same output power as traditional diesel alternatives, yet be more environmentally friendly and economical to run.

The company said the hydraulic units can cut C02 emissions by more than 98%, reduce fuel by 62%, service costs by 50% and are PIEK approved for quiet city deliveries.

“The best thing is they do not cost the earth and have a better ROI than a diesel units over five years,” added Simon Wood, UK sales and operations manager at Hulsteins.

The company said it chose Scania to work with as it was a “forward thinking” company that put customer needs and quality of service first.

“Scania is looking to offer refrigeration contract maintenance packages for Hultsteins units, as well as whole truck service contract maintenance packages on both Scania and non-Scania products across all fleets here in the UK,” said Wood.

“The idea is to eventually offer a complete ‘one stop shop’ on trucks, refrigeration and all ancillary equipment. Servicing of all the ancillary equipment can be done at the same time as the truck that reduces downtime and costs.”

Scania’s existing parts organisation VRS will provide parts distribution, which Hulsteins said will also reduce downtime compared with servicing and sourcing parts for traditional refrigeration units.

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