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New approaches in intermodal transport
Schmitz Cargobull brings container chassis back into its range

January 2019 – Container transport is regarded as the backbone of global supply chains. Almost all packaged goods arrive by container into European sea ports. Flexibility and speed, above all, are what matter with commercial transport. “Container chassis are a key component of the solution in combined road and rail transport,” explains Andreas Schmitz, Chair of Schmitz Cargobull AG. “This is precisely why we are once again bringing back the S.CF container chassis semi-trailer into our range.” From 2019 onwards, orders will be produced using three S.CF range standard container chassis, developed by Schmitz Cargobull and supplied by our Turkish partner, Mersin-based Koluman Otomotiv Endüstri.

Current data underlines the fact that containers will also continue to play a key role in the global transport of goods in the future: 38 million containers are currently in circulation worldwide. 98 percent of all packaged goods arrive at or leave Germany’s largest sea port, Hamburg, by container. And the current RWI/ISL Container Handling Index (Leibniz Institute for Economic Research and the Institute for Shipping Economics and Logistics) peaked in October 2018 at 134.6 points. “In this current climate and in response to our customers’ wishes, we decided to re-introduce the container semi-trailer chassis into our product range,” explains Andreas Schmitz.

The demand for container chassis seriously declined during the economic and financial crisis of 2008/2009. Schmitz Cargobull ceased production due to substantial overcapacity in the market. “Demand has now recovered. We are seeing an annual market volume of between 9,000 and 12,000 vehicles per year,” says Sales Director Boris Billich.

“Schmitz Cargobull will offer three vehicles from the S.CF range: S.CF Gooseneck 45‘ Euro Light, S.CF Gooseneck 45‘ Euro and S.CF Gooseneck 40‘ LX. Our key markets are Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Scandinavia. However, the vehicles will be available everywhere. Sales, configuration and customer service will be fully handled by Schmitz Cargobull”, explains Boris Billich.

“Schmitz Cargobull will handle the research and development of the new container chassis. We have found a competent production partner in Koluman Otomotiv Endüstri and concluded a cooperation agreement with them,” reports Chairman Andreas Schmitz. The production volume is set to be 1,000 units per year by 2021.

Koluman Otomotiv Endüstri is also a partner of Daimler and has many years of experience in the production of commercial vehicles. “We regard our trust-based cooperation with Schmitz Cargobull very positively,” explains Kaan Saltik, Chairman of Koluman Otomotiv Endüstri. “Our common values and quality standards are an excellent prerequisite for an efficient partnership.”

Andreas Schmitz: “The production process will be fully configured to meet our standards to guarantee the quality customers have come to expect from us. Our customers will receive genuine Schmitz Cargobull vehicles.”

About Schmitz Cargobull

With an annual production of more than 61,000 trailers and with 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 almost €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.

About Koluman Otomotiv Endüstri A.S

A shareholder and a major dealer of Mercedes-Benz Türk in Turkey for many years, Koluman has been offering solutions in automotive engineering for vehicle and bodies of all kinds since 1965. The production facility in Mersin is fully automated with robotic welding technology and offers KTL surface protection beside automated painting booths.

The Schmitz Cargobull press team:

Anna Stuhlmeier:   +49 2558 81-1340 I anna.stuhlmeier@cargobull.com
Andrea Beckonert: +49 2558 81-1321 I andrea.beckonert@cargobull.com
Silke Hesener:       +49 2558 81-1501 I silke.hesener@cargobull.com

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