Although Europe’s largest trailer builder, with a €1.8bn turnover and nearly 6,000 employees, Schmitz Cargobull remains the family controlled business it has been since 1892. The current chairman of the management board is the great-grandson of the founder. Manufacturing is spread across 10 sites from its original home in Germany, near the Dutch border, to Russia and China. The sheer scale of its operation allows it to be extremely innovative, with developments such as the Ferroplast sandwich construction body panels and the Modulos galvanised bolted-chassis construction.

Schmitz Cargobull has been building refrigerated trailers since 1950, and today offers a huge range of semi trailer and rigid reefers. It is also at the cutting edge of refrigerated trailer telematics, allowing drivers, operators and customers to be fully informed on the load’s location and temperature.

Although best known for its refrigerated trailers in the UK, in truth, reefers are just a tiny fraction of what it produces. Other well-established products include curtainsiders, dry freight box vans, tippers, skeletals and swap-body drawbars. Its most recent development has been to enter the market for box bodies to fit light commercials from 3.5 tonnes GVW upwards.

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