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'We've made the half million'
The 500,000th axle has now left the line at Schmitz Cargobull. Schmitz Cargobull has once again shown how well its in-house developed ROTOS running gear with the Schmitz Cargobull axle has been accepted in the market-place.

Horstmar, March 2014 – Schmitz Cargobull has good reason to celebrate: At its production facility in Altenberge the 500,000th axle has just been completed since the start of manufacturing in 2004 and the introduction into its vehicle production programme. Since that time the in-house developed trailer axle has been a firm fixture in the proven ROTOS running gear which was also designed within the company. Since the running gear has a particularly significant effect on the life cycle costs for the freight carrier, this development, i.e. the optimisation of the company's own trailer axle, has been stepped up over this period. Absolutely perfect tracking and high suspension comfort combined with the safety features offered by innovative driving stability and braking programmess ensure a high level of readiness for the commercial vehicle.

The production location in Altenberge also supplies the production plants in Vreden, Gotha, Toddin, Panev?žys and Zaragossa with axles on a daily basis. Currently approximately 90 % of all trailers manufactured in the Altenberge plant are equipped with Schmitz Cargobull's own axle. This amounts to over 80 % across the whole of the company. The production capacity has levelled off at about 150,000 units annually.

In the course of the last ten years various versions of the axles have been introduced into the market. In addition to the standard axle with a 22.5" disc brake, the small MEGA axle with a 19.5" disc brake is also available. The range was then rounded off with a self-steering axle for the IAA 2012. Its cornering characteristics, particularly when driving in tight turning circles, where damage to the tyres can often come about due to contact with the inside kerbs on roundabouts, are significantly improved thanks to the self-steering axle. A further advantage of the system is the reduction in tyre wear, i.e. abrasion to the tyre is significantly lower as a result of using a guided axle. In addition, this also leads to a reduction in the tractor unit's fuel consumption.