Schmitz Cargobull Partners with MaxiTRANS

Schmitz Cargobull Partners with MaxiTRANS

MaxiTRANS, Australia’s largest supplier of heavy duty locally made semi-trailer solutions and national aftermarket service & support, has today announced that International OEM and the European market leader in the trailer industry Schmitz Cargobull, has become an investor in the MaxiTRANS business.
Schmitz Cargobull has today become a minority shareholder (26%) in the Australian Trailer Solutions Group (ATSG), in a partnership that will continue to set the MaxiTRANS business up for long term success in the Australian market. Australian Trailer Solutions Group (ATSG) comprise a group of investors, including a number of Ballarat locals. Since ATSG purchased the MaxiTRANS trailer business in September 2021, its primary focus has been on supporting Australian manufacturing, its people and delivering a high-quality product for its customers. 

Great potential to unlock manufacturing synergies and introduce advanced technologies

“We are extremely thrilled to have Schmitz Cargobull onboard with MaxiTRANS as a partner,” said Greg L’Estrange, MaxiTRANS Executive Chairman. “Schmitz Cargobull has a great reputation for high quality, innovative design and durability across its expansive product offering. To have a Company with such an international reputation see value in our plans for the MaxiTRANS business is testament to our people and the on-going support of our customers who have helped continue to build the business since ATSG came onboard.”

“The partnership with Schmitz Cargobull will allow our businesses to partner on technology, scalability and processes that can then be implemented in the MaxiTRANS operation.”

“The backing of Schmitz Cargobull, coupled with our own investment into the business, will allow us to streamline our processes, deliver global supply chain benefits and allow MaxiTRANS to continue to focus on delivering outstanding quality and support for our customers,” said Greg. “In addition, it provides access to worldwide trends and technology that we can utilise and leverage in the Australian market.”

“Our investment in MaxiTRANS offers great potential to unlock manufacturing synergies and introduce advanced technologies to support and contribute to the Australian Trailer Industry,” adds Andreas Schmitz, CEO of Schmitz Cargobull. 

“We look forward with great excitement at the future of the MaxiTRANS business as we work together with our investment partners and continue to support our customers for the life of our product,” said Greg.

About MaxiTRANS
MaxiTRANS is the largest supplier of locally manufactured, heavy duty road transport trailer solutions, including trailer repairs and service in Australia.
Synonymous with road transport in Australia through market leading brands Freighter, Maxi-CUBE, Lusty EMS, Hamelex White, Trout River and AZMEB, MaxiTRANS is the leading supplier of road transport equipment for the general freight, temperature-controlled freight and bulk transport market sectors.

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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