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January 2019 – Schmitz Cargobull AG has decided to shut down V.KO Van Bodies
production in Berlin, to close the Berlin site and to enter into negotiations on a
reconciliation of interests.
With the expansion of its product portfolio in the van segment from three to six tonnes, Schmitz Cargobull has developed and launched an innovative product and van body concept. The quality of the van body kits was convincing, but in the highly competitive environment of van bodies, production in the current set-up is not economically efficient in the long term. Therfore Schmitz Cargobull has decided to cease the production of the V.KO DRY and close the Berlin site. For the V.KO COOL, the response after the presentation at the IAA 2018 was very good, so that the strategic positioning in this area is being xamined.
Until the closure of the Berlin site, the orders already received and confirmed will of course be fulfilled and the V.KO kits delivered to the customers in accordance with the respective agreements within the next few weeks. However, new orders will no longer be taken. In the event of repairs to V.KO superstructures, Schmitz Cargobull ensures spare parts and appropriate solutions via its network.
About Schmitz Cargobull
With an annual production of some 61,000 trailers and around 6,400 employees, Schmitz Cargobull AG is Europe's leading manufacturer of semi-trailers, trailers and truck bodies for temperature-controlled freight, general cargo and bulk goods. The company achieved sales of approx. € 2.2 billion in the 2017/2018 financial year. As a pioneer in the industry, the North German company developed a comprehensive brand strategy early on and consistently established quality standards spanning every level: from research and development, to production and service contracts, trailer telematics, financing, spare parts and used vehicles.
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