Cartwright will be unveiling an exciting prototype ‘lifting roof’ double deck box van trailer at the CV Show at the NEC Birmingham on April 24th to 26th.
This latest innovation from the Cartwright engineering team will be showcased as part of the company’s display stand in Hall 3 at Stand 3A90, which features Cartwright’s diverse range of products.
The Group’s stand follows the trend of showcasing a new and unique double deck and refrigerated vehicle each year since the appointment of Mark Cartwright as Managing Director in 2014. In past years, the Group has exhibited a wide range of vehicles from across the range, including urban delivery vehicles (like the highly acclaimed Streetwise last year), their pioneering double-deck systems and a range of truck bodywork for some of their prestigious client-base. Each year has shown a clear evolution of their products, and this year is no exception.
Cartwright’s new prototype double deck ‘lifting roof’ trailer can accommodate 95 cages rather than 75 of other trailers at this travelling height, increasing fuel efficiency and reducing emissions to create a significant improvement in carbon footprint.
The benefits of the ‘lifting roof’ are considerable – operationally, environmentally and economically, with less fuel used as a result of less miles on the road and more pallets being carried.
Cartwright expects to achieve fuel savings of up to about 5% with the new ‘lifting roof’ double deck. Road trials are about to begin and full production is forecast for later in the year. The trailer is expected to appeal particularly to the parcels sector, especially for operators carrying loose load parcels or parcels in cages.
The ‘lifting roof’ is operationally very simple, involving one mechanism and one pump. The moveable roof lifts, along with the upper deck, allowing enough head room while the lower deck is being loaded. Both then drop down once loading is complete, reducing the height of the trailer from 16 feet to 14’9” (4.88m to 4.5m).
Other key features of this Cartwright trailer include:
- Significantly improved chassis design
- 10-tonne capacity Moving second deck
- Double-acting Hydraulic lift cylinders
- Internal height when the upper deck is raised is 1.88m
- Internal height when the upper deck is lowered is 1.535m
Also showcased on the Cartwright stand are the latest Fleet Triaxle Curtainsider, a Tandem Axle low height double deck trailer, a light weight box body, an aerodynamic insulated box body together with an Iveco 3.5 Daily panel van for CFS. With the exception of the panel van all of these products have been produced in-house by Cartwright at the company’s recently installed £1 million-plus pressing plant.
The Fleet triaxle Curtainsider is a significantly more aerodynamic version of the trailer that Cartwright first took to the CV Show three years ago, with a tapered chassis and a bowed roof that remains lower than the front bulkhead without compromising on inside space. EN 12642-XL whole-body compliant, it has ExcelLite™ steel skinned composite doors and a four-piece Aerofoil with integral strap stowage and Cartwright Clearspan roof support. Other features include cold-rolled cant rail, side rave and cross bearers with pressed steel bearer brackets. Cartwright are also showcasing their changeable clip-on livery with a new message displayed on the side of the trailer each day.
The Curtainsider also follows the Group mantra of being ‘Better. Built in Britain’ as a truly British-made product. The light weight ExcelLite paneling, clip-on livery system, cold-rolled sections and bearer brackets all being products of British companies at the height of innovation in the automotive industry.
The tandem axle low-height (4m overall height) double deck trailer has independent suspension, aerodynamic cappings, ground access sliding rail and one-piece panels made in-house, giving it a more streamlined and improved aesthetic shape and a massive improvement in aerodynamics. Built to European height specification, the design can readily be adapted to suit other configurations.
Cartwright’s light weight box body is a robust, durable, conventional 7.2 tonne box van of bonded construction which maintains the body gap between cab and box, giving a quieter and more comfortable ride for the driver, and greater versatility for the fleet owner allowing for remounting of the body. This delivers a payload of 3,500kg.
The Cartwright aerodynamic refrigerated body on an Iveco Eurocargo18-tonne is equipped with twin side doors and undermount ThermoKing fridge to make urban deliveries quieter & easier. Fitted with a one-piece aluminium cant rail it also has a curved roof at the front to reduce drag coefficient on stem mileage.
Also on display at this year’s Cartwright stand at the CV Show is a CFS (Cartwright Fleet Services) service van, built by the Cartwright Group subsidiary and in hall 5 Cartwright Conversions will be displaying a range of welfare and racking vehicles. This vehicle also embodies the Group’s ‘one-stop-shop’ approach as a product supplied by CFS, with the van converted through Cartwright Conversions, financed by Cartwright Finance and available to rent through Cartwright Rentals.
Lionel Curtis, Cartwright’s Technical Director, commented: “This year’s CV Show showcases the most diverse range of products we have ever exhibited at the NEC, together with innovative features across the range. This is what sets us apart from the competition. Every panel is made at the factory from 17mm panels on the 7.2-tonne through profiled GRP panels on the double decks and 55mm insulated panels on the Fridge.
“On joining Cartwright four years ago I said that we wanted to solve customers’ problems before they know they have them. With major developments such as the new ‘lifting roof’ we are achieving innovation across the range, but it should be remembered we are still a regular volume manufacturer with an excellent product range to meet our customers’ everyday fleet requirements with the right quality, at the right time and at the right price,” he added.
This sentiment of preempting customer problems is echoed throughout the Group’s activities – and the show provides a perfect opportunity to meet staff from across Finance, Rentals, Conversions and Fleet Services who all offer a fresh way of thinking about their respective fields. Innovation is not just limited to the Group’s constantly evolving product range, but in their approach to providing real customer benefits through 66 years of experience at the forefront of the commercial vehicle industry.
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