Market leader achieves a positive conclusion to a challenging business year and focuses on sustainability
“Despite massive uncertainties, reduced working hours and contact and travel restrictions, we largely maintained our strategic projects during the pandemic year. Above all, our priority is to remain a reliable and innovative partner for our customers and to secure our business over the long term,” stated Andreas Schmitz, Chairman of the Board of Schmitz Cargobull AG.
The signs of a slight market recovery at the beginning of 2020 transformed into a steep decline due to the outbreak of the corona pandemic. In the first half of the year, Schmitz Cargobull was at times confronted by more cancellations than new orders. In contrast, numbers of new orders increased rapidly during the second half of the year. Given the uncertain situation in the supply chain, this marked a V-shaped recovery created major challenges for every area of the company.
In addition to the weight-optimised chassis, in the last financial year Schmitz Cargobull also launched the aerodynamic EcoGeneration curtainsiders with the three EcoFIX, EcoFLEX and EcoVARIOS models, which drastically reduce aerodynamic drag. Alongside the ongoing development of the traditional trailers, Schmitz Cargobull focused placed a major emphasis on the electrical/electronic system development (E/E), in particular telematics, brake control and electrics/electronics. In the process, Schmitz Cargobull has succeeded in networking all of the E/E systems, advancing the digitalisation of the products and implementing telematics applications even more rapidly. As a result of this complete system responsibility, customers receive highly intelligent trailers that make their business even more efficient.
The Executive Board continues to pursue the core objectives of Strategy 2025. “Specifically, this means being the world’s technology leader for transport solutions, the European market leader for curtainsiders, box body semi-trailers and tipper trailers, and target sales of more than €3 billion,” explained Andreas Schmitz. Innovations and services form a basis for the planned growth. Schmitz Cargobull consistently advances these in its capacity as a pioneer in the trailer market. As part of the “100 % SMART” strategy, all S.KO COOL SMART trailers as well as all S.CS SMART curtainsiders and S.KO EXPRESS SMART dry freight trailers will be equipped with the TrailerConnect® telematics system as standard. With the Data Management System, Schmitz Cargobull ensures that its customers retain control over their own data, while enabling effective networking throughout the entire transport chain for efficient transport processing.
Schmitz Cargobull presents sustainability report for the first time
This year, Schmitz Cargobull presented its first sustainability report prepared in accordance with the GRI standard. For many years, the company has combined ecological and social sustainability aspects with profitable business. The report it has now submitted lays the foundation for the further systematisation of the sustainability activities throughout the entire company. The report transparently illustrates how Schmitz Cargobull handles the environmental and energy management, in addition to the subjects of the supply chain and compliance, as well as occupational safety and employee development. The report is available on the Schmitz Cargobull website at https://schmitz.cargobull.com/sustainability.
О компании Schmitz Cargobull
Компания Schmitz Cargobull AG — ведущий европейский производитель седельных полуприцепов, прицепов и кузовных надстроек для грузов общего назначения, сыпучих материалов, а также грузов, требующих определенного температурного режима. Она ежегодно выпускает около 42 500 прицепов. В ее штате работает 5700 человек. В 2020/21 финансовом году оборот концерна достиг 1,75 миллиарда евро. Предприятие из округа Мюнстерланд первым разработало комплексную рыночную стратегию и начало последовательное внедрение стандартов качества на всех уровнях — от исследований и разработок до производства и обслуживания. Предлагаемый ассортимент включает в себя систему телематики для трейлеров, финансовые решения, поставку запасных частей и продажу транспортных средств с пробегом.
Image: Andreas Schmitz, CEO Schmitz Cargobull AG
Press Release: Market leader achieves a positive conclusion to a challenging business year and focuses on sustainability