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Published: 13 November 2017      

Heinz Kolbe opts for Kögel 14.9m long combi-trailers

Thomas Eschey, MD Kögel (L) and Karl Thiele
Each of the five new cranable trailers, dubbed Euro Trailer Cargo Rail by Kögel, offers the forwarding company space for a total of 37 Euro pallets, four more per trailer than a standard 13.6m long trailer

Heinz Kolbe KG Spedition, based in Thannhausen, south-western Germany specialises in the transport of food, paper rolls and beverages, and has been using Kögel trailers since 1993. On this occasion Kolbe has decided to purchase five new Kögel trailers elongated by 1.3 m. As well as ecological advantages, these trailers have economic benefits

  • up to 10% less fuel consumption and correspondingly up to 10% less CO2 emissions
  • assuming average utilisation of 80%, every 10th journey can be eliminated.

Based on the legal requirements in Germany, these elongated trailers must be capable of being used in combined transport. The DIN lifting pockets are integrated into the frame and have tarpaulin protection, while the axles are designed to ensure they fit into the pocket wagons.

The new trailers are designed for flexible loading onto the most common rail pocket wagons of types c, e, f, h and i. They are also certified in accordance with DIN EN 12642 Code XL and are therefore approved for transport by express freight train at speeds of up to 140 kmh.

For optimal load-securing, the VarioFix perforated steel external frame is equipped with 15 pairs of lashing rings in the standard design, each ring affording 2,000 kg of tensile force.

At Kolbe's request, the Euro Trailer Cargo Rails are fitted out as per Daimler Directive 9.5. This includes pallet stops and end wall doubling, amongst other things. Optional steel load-securing slats also serve as combination anchoring rails to which telescopic aluminium load-securing beams can be attached for the securing of partial loads.

Further custom equipment includes a rain guard on the end frame, a bellows pressure gauge for monitoring the axle load, toolboxes, and much more.

"We have already had one of the 300 Kögel Euro Trailers with special approval in our fleet since 2006, and we are really pleased to be adding another five elongated trailers," said Karl Thiel, managing director of Heinz Kolbe KG Spedition.

"From experience, we know that the higher purchase price is redeemed really quickly, and the ecological and economic benefits speak for themselves."


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