Friday 3 December 2021

DPD targets growth with 250 Tigers

Leading express parcel delivery specialist DPD is introducing 250 Tiger trailers to its UK logistics fleet during 2021.

Tiger Trailers is in the process of manufacturing 100 tandem axle single deck box van trailers, alongside 150 moving deck double deck trailers which have been designed to deliver enhanced durability and environmental efficiency.

Darren Wilson, associate director at Linehaul & Transport, DPD UK, said: “DPD’s sustainability strategy is based on examining every aspect of our operation to make it more efficient and better for the environment.

“We thrive on innovation and that’s exactly what Tiger is doing in the trailer space.

“We’ve ordered over 250 trail­ers from them to support our growth, all of which will be man­ufactured in the UK using the latest technology and greenest components.

“In fact, the material being used on the double-deck trailer panels is constructed in such a way as to be totally recyclable. We love working with suppliers who share the same values and goals and Tiger is certainly one such supplier.”

DPD’s Tiger-built double deck ‘wedge’ trailers incorporate a Hatcher Aero at the front and feature sidewalls made from Tata Steel’s thin, lightweight yet strong 10mm Coretinium composite sheet material solution, which is said to offer efficiency at all stages of its product life cycle, from minimising raw materials in its creation, to saving weight and maximising payload space to help reduce fuel and CO2 emissions.

“Up to 85 per cent of the material, produced at our Shotton Works in Flintshire, can be recycled without separating the skins from the core,” explained Edwin Richards, technical sales manager for Coretinium, Tata Steel.

“The honeycomb product enables us to create material-efficient solutions. Having teamed up with Tiger Trailers on double decks in 2019, it’s great to now be involved in the supply to a company like DPD who place such strong value on the whole life impact of their trailers.”

A number of Tiger’s moving deck double deck trailers for DPD incorporate the manufacturer’s latest digital touchpad control panel that replaces a traditional wanderlead setup, and the deck is operated by the OEM’s four-ram hydraulic system that maximises the space available inside the vehicle, whilst also requiring reduced maintenance over the life of the trailer.

The double deck trailers also feature galvanised chassis and stainless steel rear frames.

Meanwhile, the single deck box van trailers have been equipped with various high-impact protection features and nose guarding to mitigate potential damage during coupling.

The vehicles’ Goodyear Kmax D Fuel Grip tyres are specifically designed to provide robustness in regional and urban environments, backed by slow wear and ensuing high mileage capability, while the non-slip phenolic coated plywood floor is made from environmentally friendly material sourced from sustainable and 100 per cent traceable forests in Finland.

Stephen Pollock, Tiger Trailers’ business development director, added: “We’re proud to be working closely with DPD in manufacturing these two different products for their fleet. Online retail and delivery have proliferated even more quickly in recent months, so we are very pleased to be able to support DPD in getting parcels delivered safely and on time as the company strives to offer its customers increasingly wider choice.

“We echo DPD’s sentiments over sharing passions for innovation, technology and environmental sustainability, and look forward to supporting DPD and its green trailers.”

Over the last two years, Tiger Trailers has introduced Tiger Finance and Tiger Rentals divisions to its operations, along with the Siberian range of temperature-controlled products, and Tiger Parts, stocking OEM components in parallel with other brands and specialist components.

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