Expert trailer manufacturer Van Eck serves its many customers around Europe and the world with its highly specilized trailers. The Swiss Post, for example, has been relying on Van Eck trailers for years.
For transport, the Swiss Post cooperates with a number of logistics service providers. They have special trailers in the striking yellow Post colours. Van Eck recently delivered a new Eckstreme Dubbledeck Trailer to Swiss logistics service provider Hugelshofer, a versatile company consisting of four divisions. In total, Hugelshofer has a fleet of 170 vehicles and 300 employees. The Logistics division carries out the work for the Swiss postal company. This is a well-known customer of Van Eck. “The Eckstreme Double Deck Trailer has more than proven itself in our work”, says Erwin Gloor of the company. “We have been driving for the postal company for at least 20 years. We have been working with Van Eck since 2005. They developed the double-deck trailer with us and with one of the other Swiss Post logistics service provider, Dreier AG. It has been a fine example of industry collaboration. We did the entire development and procurement of the trailers in close cooperation with Dreier.”
The double-deck trailers are used intensively. Hugelshofer says that the trailers drive short distances and are always heavily loaded. “These trailers are loaded and unloaded up to eight times a day every day. This entails the necessary wear and tear, ”says fleet manager Erwin Gloor of Hugelshofer. “Van Eck took up the challenge and made sure we got the right trailer available, improving it where necessary,” said Gloor.
The use of a double deck trailer was obvious for Hugelshofer from the outset. “By working with a double-deck trailer, we reduce the number of trips and save up to thirty percent CO2 emissions. The condition for this is that you have to have a suitable deployment area in which these trailers can be used to their full advantage. That’s certainly the case with us,” Gloor says.
Hugelshofer comes with these trailers in places that are difficult to reach. “The space at many customers is extremely limited, which is why the tour is often millimetres for our drivers. It requires our drivers to know exactly what they can and can’t do and not get nervous right away. It goes without saying that drivers who want to drive a double-deck trailer have to go through a induction programme”.
Hugelshofer maintains the trailers in-house, but the workshop is managed by a specialist company and is therefore officially not owned by Hugelshofer “This guarantees professional maintenance,” says Gloor. “Every three months, the trailers are expected in the workshop for an overall inspection.”