MANUFACTURING: Serco Freezes Out Opposition
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VECTOR Logistics, a major distributor of fresh and frozen goods in South Africa, has ordered 32 refrigerated truck bodies from Serco’s Cape Town branch in a multi-million rand deal.
The huge order involves 12 and 16-pallet refrigerated bodies with single side doors and heavy duty rear bumper sections.
Herkie Britz, Vector’s national transport manager, approached Serco to review design options to increase payload. Gert Van Rooyen, general manager of Serco Cape says quick, innovative thinking was necessary. “Working closely together our team was successful in introducing a new floor design which does away with the need for the existing subframe cross members thereby offering a substantial weight saving. This new design is now in the process of being made the new standard across Serco’s three manufacturing sites.”
“Among the advantages of the new design is that truck bodies can be pre-manufactured and then mounted to the truck chassis in a short period and the cab gap easily adjusted to maximize payload. This has improved the turnaround time for the truck chassis.”
“The truck bodies will also contain Serco’s unique new high strength aluminium floor. The process involves aluminium floor sheeting which is bonded onto the floor using a vacuum process to ensure a strong and even adhesion to the composite floor construction,” says Van Rooyen.
The high grade aluminium used results in a further weight saving over the current aluminium reefer floorings available. It also improves the strength and extends the life of the vehicle bodies.
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