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The S.KO COOL refrigerated semi-trailer with a total length of 16.80 metres, which won the award in the trailer/body category, convinced the Russian expert jury with its innovative technical solutions that significantly increase transport efficiency. At 16.80 metres, the refrigerated box is 25 percent longer than standard vehicles, offers 25 percent more loading capacity and consequently 25 percent fewer journeys. 

September 2019 - At the official award ceremony on September 3, 2019 at the Comtrans 2019 trade fair in Moscow, the prize was officially handed over by jury president Alexander Solntsev to Andreas Schmitz, CEO of Schmitz Cargobull AG. The decisive factors for the nomination and awarding of the prize are the innovative improvements that contribute significantly to greater efficiency in the vehicle fleet. The insulation capability of the bulkhead was further increased by numerous detail optimizations and the protection area of the bulkhead was further raised to prevent damage during coupling. In addition, the entire front section underwent a complete facelift. The distinct new appearance makes it perfectly clear that a generation change has taken place here. Schmitz Cargobull is the first trailer manufacturer in Europe to manufacture FERROPLAST side walls for refrigerated semitrailers with a total length of 16.80 metres in one single piece. The continuous insulating side walls are produced in the Lithuanian Schmitz Cargobull plant in Panev?žys.

"With the 16.8 m long refrigerated box trailers, the Russian transporters have around
25 percent more loading capacity at their disposal. This means significantly more efficiency in daily transport business, lower fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions," says Andreas Schmitz.

With the new foaming facility in the Lithuanian plant, the side walls of the refrigerated box can be manufactured in one single piece over the entire length. The advantages for the customers are increased strength of the refrigerated box body and better insulation values. Storage spaces for 42 pallets enable a large transport volume while reducing transport distances at the same time. In addition, assembly can also be carried out on a short chassis. This saves tare weight and increases the payload.

The "Best Commercial Vehicle of the Year in Russia" award will be presented this year for the nineteenth time in six different categories (Truck, Van, Bus, Trailer, Newcomer and Special Jury Award) for the best commercial vehicle of the year in Russia.  The expert jury for the award consists of high-ranking Russian journalists from recognized trade magazines in the print and online sectors.

About Schmitz Cargobull

With an annual production of some 63,500* trailers and around 6,500* 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 more than € 2.2* billion in the 2018/2019 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 specialist services such as consulting, trailer telematics, financing, spare parts and used vehicles.

*preliminary figures of the business year 2018/2019

Schmitz Cargobull Press-Team:

Anna Stuhlmeier     +49 2558 81-1340 I
Andrea Beckonert   +49 2558 81-1321 I
Silke Hesener         +49 2558 81-1501 I


from left to right: Andreas Schmitz (CEO Schmitz Cargobull AG) and Mile Mishevski (General Director Schmitz Cargobull Russia) are delighted to be awarded first place in the "Trailer of the Year 2019" category at the "Best Commercial Vehicle of the Year in Russia" awards ceremony.