Malcolm Logistics has added to its fleet with a bespoke trailer designed and built in collaboration with SDC. The 15.6m extended skeletal trailer is for use with 50ft big box containers that allow 15% more freight to be moved per journey
Malcolm acquired 20 SDC skeletal trailers at first, but has now taken a further eight units which are adaptable to fit two 20ft containers as well as 40ft, 45ft and the 50ft boxes.
The new design features a pneumatically powered rear, with a lever switch to power it in/out on a twin beam for easy operation and robustness.
The trailer weight has been reduced by 300kg in comparison to the 2014 model, providing a higher payload and greater efficiency for Malcolm’s operations.
A rear self-steering axle provides maximum manoeuvrability, while a Haldex soft docking system fitted to the rear will help prevent damage on loading bays. The trailer has also undergone stringent testing for both road and rail use, and has a total un-laden weight of just 5,500kg.
SDC CEO Enda Cushnahan said:
“SDC was the first manufacturer to develop a 15.6m extended length skeletal trailer under the UK’s 2012 longer semi-trailer trial and we have worked closely with Malcolm Logistics to understand their transport requirements. I am very pleased that they have chosen SDC again and their latest order is testament to our on-going partnership, to develop practical solutions for cost effective road transport, while minimising the environmental impact of transport operations.”
Malcolm Group chief executive Andrew Malcolm said:
“SDC’s 15.6m extended skeletal trailers allow our customers to move 15% more freight per journey over the largest available conventional container and by using a combination of our eco-friendly road and rail services, we are able to achieve a 13% reduction in CO2 emissions per pallet. Following significant savings achieved with the first 20 15.6m SDC skeletal trailers, we decided to increase our fleet operation while also re-visiting the design to see if we could further increase efficiency.
“I am pleased to say we have achieved this, working closely with SDC to develop a pneumatically powered extended skeletal trailer with enhanced operation, safety and reliability.”
Source: Commercial Motor