Production of Schmitz Cargobull motor vehicle bodies moves to Gotha and Panevėžys

Production of Schmitz Cargobull motor vehicle bodies moves to Gotha and Panevėžys

GRW closes plant in Toddin

April 2023 - Schmitz Cargobull has confirmed that it will continue the production of motor vehicle bodies at its Gotha and Panevėžys plants, following the closure of GRW’s factory in Toddin, Germany on April 3. At the site, silo and tanker manufacturer GRW had produced the Schmitz Cargobull motor vehicle superstructures in contract manufacturing. 

“This is sad news for GRW but due to the Schmitz Cargobull flexible production network we are able to rapidly respond to the closure of their plant without any impact on our business,” says Andreas Schmitz, CEO of Schmitz Cargobull AG. “We are moving the production of motor vehicle box bodies to our plants in Gotha, Germany and Panevėžys, Lithuania. Our customers will continue to receive their vehicles in proven Schmitz Cargobull quality." 

Comprehensive product portfolio for food distribution transport

The company’s plant in Lithuania is centrally responsible for the production of box bodies for food distribution transport in the Schmitz Cargobull Group, while bodies are also manufactured in Gotha. Significant expertise and experience in production is available at these locations and shared between them.   

In the food distribution sector, Schmitz Cargobull offers a comprehensive product portfolio with customised bodies. This includes temperature-controlled motor vehicle box bodies M.KO, as well as box body trailers A.KO and central axle box body trailers Z.KO. The vehicles can be serviced and repaired by one of the 1,700 service partners authorised by Schmitz Cargobull in Europe.

About Schmitz Cargobull 

Schmitz Cargobull is the leading manufacturer of semi-trailers for temperature-controlled freight, general cargo and bulk goods in Europe and a pioneer in digital solutions for trailer services and improved connectivity. The company also manufactures transport refrigeration machines for refrigerated semi-trailers for temperature-controlled freight transport. With a comprehensive range of services from financing, spare parts supply, service contracts and telematics solutions to used vehicle trading, Schmitz Cargobull supports its customers in optimising their total cost of ownership (TCO) and digital transformation. Schmitz Cargobull was founded in 1892 in Münsterland, Germany. The family-run company produces around 60,000 vehicles per year with over 6,000 employees and generated a turnover of around 2.6 billion euros in the 2022/23 financial year. The international production network currently comprises ten plants in Germany, Lithuania, Spain, England, Turkey, Slovakia and Australia.

The 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