Customer demand has prompted national and international transport business DWP & Sons to extend its fleet with seven refrigerated trailers from Schmitz Cargobull, featuring the manufacturer’s renowned TrailerConnect® telematics system ensuring complete cold chain visibility.

The new assets join a 27-strong exclusively Schmitz Cargobull trailer fleet comprising 20 reefers, four Euroliners and three box trailers, which transport fresh and frozen produce across the UK, Europe and Asia, from DWP & Sons’ base in Stoke-on-Trent.

TrailerConnect telematics enables DWP & Sons to monitor all variables on each trailer from a single dashboard, including the internal temperature, tyre condition and door security, and the system sends SMS or email alerts in case of security concerns.

“We have worked with the Schmitz Cargobull team for many years and they always deliver what we want,” says Phil Houlton, Operations Director at DWP & Sons.

“Their telematics package gives total transparency for us and for our customers. We can see everything from weight, temperature and distance a trailer has covered all in one neat package.”

He adds: “The trailers we currently have on the fleet are doing a fabulous job and the new ones will be working just as hard. They are brilliant trailers to pull, which is part of the reason we keep returning to Schmitz Cargobull.”

Currently, two of DWP & Sons’ trailers are being used to advertise Stoke-on-Trent’s cultural and heritage attractions with eye-catching liveries designed by the local council. There are plans for Stoke City Football Club to wrap a third trailer in its colours.

Houlton, who was born and bred in Stoke and works alongside Managing Director Danny Poole, says: “Danny and I have always been keen to support the community, so we try to put something back into the local area where we can, particularly after such a difficult period. We’re proud to promote Stoke-on-Trent!”

Expected to remain in operation for four years, the new assets will be used seven days a week, 365 days a year, and will predominately be pulled by DAF XF tractor units.