Sunday 4th Dec 2016 - Logistics Manager

20 longer semi-trailers for United Biscuits

United Biscuits has taken delivery of 20 longer semi trailers built by South Manchester based Cartwright.

The 15.65m triaxle curtainsiders are based from UB’s distribution centre at Ashby de la Zouche. They use a rear command steering axle.

The company, whose brands include Jacobs, McVities and Jaffa Cakes, has a network of 11 factories across the UK. The trailers will be operating to and from its factories, to the retailer’s central warehouses, delivering 60 pallets of product and returning with 60 full pallets.

Rob Wright, United Biscuits UK and Ireland logistics controller said: “We have been focusing as a company on our environmental policy for a number of years particularly to reducing our miles on the road and our CO2 emissions.

“The grocery industry recognises that most of our products are light and high cube and therefore there is a benefit to operating two metre longer trailers.

“We can now get 60 pallets on these LSTs compared to 52 pallets before so we are benefitting from 15 per cent additional capacity.

“The trailers have the same turning circle as the shorter trailer which is important. We have also specified load bearing curtains which are insulated as we wanted to protect our chocolate products.”