Monthly Archives: November 2014

Brian Yeardley hits high point as Krone Trailers deliver to new markets

40th anniversary year sees ‘best ever’ results

Brian Yeardley Continental, the leading international transport and logistics operator, reports record business levels which, says the company include up to 100% growth in its chosen new market sector:  Exhibitions & Events Logistics.

841114 Krone - Brian Yeardley hits high point as Krone Trailers deliver to new markets (1) With its 40th anniversary approaching next year, Brian Yeardley expects to see a 10-15% uplift in its traditional European full load and Groupage business and expects to double  turnover in its new European Exhibition and Events Logistics division. Overall income has rocketed from circa £8m in 2010 to over £12m in 2014.The company’s heavy investment in its fleet during 2014 has included the recent addition of 20 Mega curtainsiders and 4 Mega box vans from Krone Trailers, which brings the total Krone compliment to 55. A reflection, the company says, of increased activity across its two core business sectors.

Specialist personnel with long experience in the event logistics industry have also joined the Yeardley team to bring first-hand knowledge and skills to the new division.

“As we move into our 40th year” comments Managing Director  Kevin Hopper “we continue to look for new markets and fresh opportunities – a policy which has underpinned our growth record over recent years and one which will see us go from strength to strength, here in the UK and in markets overseas.”

The 100 x m3 Krone Mega Box Liners are constructed from high strength insulated panels, which makes them ideal for handling high value and sensitive exhibition and event equipment. Twin decks can accommodate 52 standard or 66 euro pallets for general cargo and the double decks are ideal for steel deck, truss rigging and are set within a 22.500kg payload. The trailers’ stable inside temperature also makes them ideal for carrying IBCs and crated goods for the chemicals industry – a sector within which Yeardley is a major operator across Europe. 841114 Krone - Managing Director Kevin Hopper, Brian Yeardley Continental

For added security the Box Liners are fitted with Krone’s unique door locking system which is alarmed and fitted with a telematics monitoring device. To ensure maximum security and further load protection, the trailers are also equipped with stowable loading ramps for loading or unloading at events venues.

The mega curtainsiders or Profi Liner Mega trailers will be used for Yeardley’s general haulage and Groupage operations in the UK and Europe, while at the same time doubling up for the events division when needed. Also high volume, at 100 x m3, the curtainsiders feature Krone’s award-winning Multi Lock strapping system, which has up to 130 lashing points along each side rave. This enables virtually any sized load to be individually strapped, securely and safely anywhere along the trailer bed and is therefore ideal for mixed loads, including white goods and automotive parts – typical cargo for Yeardley’s international Groupage work.

For additional security and load protection, the curtains are reinforced with a steel, armour core which makes them anti-slash. All the trailers are built to code EN 12642-XL – the stringent European standard for vehicle body construction.

“From Barcelona to Berlin and Aberdeen to Amsterdam, at festivals and events throughout Europe, our customers not only require maximum volume, safe loading and reliability but also depend on the highest levels of load security,” adds Hopper, “We made this clear during the specification stage and Krone certainly delivered the right equipment for the job.”

Also about to join Yeardley’s 43  high profile truck fleet are two more Mercedes Benz Actros Euro 6 480 BHP Gigaspace LHD units. Half of Brian Yeardley’s fleet are now Mercedes and DAF Euro 6 – engined tractors, ensuring they are working to do everything they can to help the environment.

“This is going to be our best ever trading year in the company’s 40 year history” said Kevin Hopper “the opportunities are out there and we intend to take them. With a combination of premier transport equipment with quality systems and a first rate team of committed people, we have no doubt that our customers, both regional and global; will continue to receive the high standard of service which they expect from Brian Yeardley Continental.”

Established in 1975 and based in West Yorkshire, Brian Yeardley Continental provides full load and Groupage services, including Hazardous (ADR) goods, for both import and exports throughout the UK and Mainland Europe plus, the company now offers a pan European Exhibition & Events Logistics service.

Hopper concluded “Our new branding really does say it all as regards what we do, the places we go and the service we give our clients – “GOING FURTHER FOR YOU.”

Peckfield Business Park
Phoenix Avenue
LS25 4DY

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Buffaload double-deckers join the Samworth Brothers Distribution fleet

“More product and less loads” for Samworth Brothers Distribution as Buffaload double-deckers join the fleet

Samworth Brothers, the Leicester-based food producer, has added nine double deck temperature controlled trailers from Cambridgeshire operator Buffaload Logistics which, says the company, will further reduce road miles, cut handling times and increase overall efficiency for its 200-strong trailer fleet – 54 of which are refrigerated double-deckers. 051114 Graham Usher, Sales Director, Buffaload and Craig Kimberlin, Fleet Manager, Samworth Brothers

The trailers are on hire from Buffaload’s specialist temperature controlled rental fleet, which comprises urban trailers and double-deckers. With a unique sloping front bulkhead, the double-deckers are aerodynamically designed to reduce fuel and cut CO2. For typical trunking operations, up to a mile per gallon can be saved, therefore making an appreciable addition to the bottom line.

BuffloadDelivering to retailer RDCs throughout the UK, Samworth’s double-deckers are specified with variable height, hydraulically operated floors to maximise pallet capacity.  Typically, 40 pallets can be loaded on one trailer which reduces the vehicle requirement and optimises booking times. Moreover, Buffaload’s double-deckers are up to 60% greater in volume than a conventional temperature controlled trailer.

“It’s all about load consolidation and best use of transport resources” comments Samworth Brothers Distribution Operations Director, Richard Smith. “With 13 businesses producing and delivering  a wide range of premium chilled foods, from Ginsters pasties to Dickinson & Morris pork pies, our ongoing objective is to deliver more product but with fewer journeys and faster turn-round times. Double deck loading is undoubtedly the optimum solution.” 051114 'More product and less loads'

To accommodate the additional height of a Buffaload double–decker, it is often necessary to adapt existing loading bays. For this, Buffaload provides an end-to-end service including survey, design and loading bay modifications.

Samworth Brothers is a fourth generation family owned premium food producer with over 8,000 employees and 110 years history. Samworth Brothers Distribution was established in the late 1990’s.

Further information for editors:

Buffaload offers the following services:-

  • Temperature Controlled Transportation
  • Ambient, Chilled and Frozen storage
  • Rental of Double Deck Trailers
  • Rental of Urban Multi temp trailers
  • Temperature Controlled Consolidation with cross dock loading
  • Storage and Distribution of High Value and Perishable Goods
  • Double Deck loading bay modifications
  • Double deck serving and & repairs
  • Trailer servicing and repairs
  • Fridge repairs
  • Emergency Courier Logistics
  • Loading Dock modification to accommodate double deck trailer

Buffaload Logistics
Grove Lane
PE28 0AA

Tel: 08700 343343

Logistical Support Services vows loyalty to “superb” Ekeri trailers

Logistical Support Services, which provides highly secure logistics solutions for the defence and governmental sectors, says its new side-opening Ekeri trailers “tick all the right boxes – every single box”. 031114 - Logistical Support Services vows loyalty to superb Ekeri trailers (1)

Phil Stone, Managing Director at Logistical Support Services, says that in December 2009 the company bought two single side-loading box trailers that were fully ADR compliant, designed for the carriage of ADR Class 1 cargos.

Stone was so impressed with this first batch of trailers that six months ago the company purchased another two. This time Logistical Support Services opted for EX111 double side opening trailers that were not available in 2009.

“All our work is for the defence industry – so for any high-value, sensitive and ADR products these trailers are superb,” says Stone.

“They are a lovely cross between an easy-to-open curtainsider and a secure box trailer.”

031114 - Logistical Support Services vows loyalty to superb Ekeri trailers (2)Stone has been impressed by both the design and high-quality workmanship involved in producing an Ekeri trailer.

“When we ordered the first two they flew us out to Kokkola, Finland to visit the factory to see our trailers in the build process – personally I thought it was more like a Formula 1 factory than a trailer factory. It was very high-spec and totally professional as well.”

“I can’t express how impressed I’ve been with them. They are excellent products, built to the highest standards.”

Reliability and security are of the utmost importance to Logistical Support Services because of the nature of its logistics operations. Stone says that the trailers have remote central locking, alarms and GPS tracking devices. “From the security point of view, they are superb.”

Logistical Support Services would buy more Ekeri trailers in the future if they were needed.

“Hopefully yes, we will buy some more,” says Stone. “Let’s put it this way, I would not look to another manufacturer – I believe that other manufacturers have tried offering a similar product but the quality did not match up to Ekeri’s standards.”

Logistical Support Services was founded in 1997 with the sole intention of serving the military and defence industry markets, and from its humble beginnings it has grown into one of the market leaders in the supply and organisation of the specialist logistics field in the totally secure movement of sensitive defence assets throughout the UK, Europe and Scandinavia.

Operating out of the sole use site located on the outskirts of Bristol the company has a fleet of specialist vehicles built to the highest specifications required in order to transport these commodities on a daily basis and in the most secure manner, with Ekeri complementing these requirements.

ekeriEkeri is the leading producer of high quality box trailers and box bodies with side doors. Ekeri has grown steadily and its products are today used all over Europe. The company exports over 70% of its production.


Further Information:-
Contact – Bob Wise
Mobile: 07966 203640

M1 Marketing
39a Meneage Street
TR13 8RB
Tel: 01326 560400

Keeping Ireland’s Krone Trailers on the Move

This year saw the appointment of Fleet Solutions as Service Partner for Krone Trailers. Fleet Solutions MD and founder Brian Balfe explains what lies behind the operation.

820914 Krone - Keeping Ireland's Krone trailers on the move (2) Fleet Solutions was established in 1984 and since then has expanded steadily into virtually every aspect of commercial trailer and truck service and support. Now, with over 50 employees, the Clondalkin- based company is renowned as one of Ireland’s foremost trailer service and maintenance specialists.

For Krone Trailers this was an important factor and necessary to provide a premier support service for its fast-expanding customer base in Ireland.

“The partnership is a natural one” says Brian Balfe. The Krone trailer is a top-end product with a no-nonsense specification. Good quality equipment and used by discerning operators throughout Europe. Similarly, Fleet Solutions has a reputation for expert technical back up with modern processes designed to meet the needs of today’s increasingly sophisticated transport and logistics operators”

Sophisticated is certainly one way to describe the way things are done at Fleet Solutions: Brian Balfe explains:

“Many years ago we introduced modern procedures which, using an end-to-end mapping process, enables us to tightly control every job, from the moment it is booked in until the vehicle or trailer is returned to the customer.

820914 Krone - Keeping Ireland's Krone trailers on the move (3)“This way, we can ensure consistently high quality and efficiency each time a job is raised. For example, our bespoke-designed administration and mapping system automatically processes each step of every job using a modular process which embraces: booking in, quotation, warranty clearance, parts provision, customer acceptance, production/engineering, quality control, and invoicing. Furthermore,” adds Brian, “our system recognises every previous job, which enables us to quickly inform the customer regarding exact costs and time frames to carry out the work required”

But it’s not all about sophisticated mapping systems. Fleet Solutions’ success also lies in the expertise and experience of its highly trained technicians, who apply their skills across a wide range of services. Brian Balfe again:

“All of our workshop technicians are fully trained and many are specialist in particular areas. Although we are best known for trailer service and refurbishments, we also provide truck maintenance, body shop facilities, tail-lift maintenance, vehicle livery and bespoke curtain manufacturing. And, as an official RSA (Vosa-equivalent) testing station, we of course need to ensure that all workshop employees are kept up to date with the latest regulations and working practices”

One-stop Service Solutions.

Providing a cross section of commercial vehicle services all ‘under one roof’ enables Fleet Solutions to deal with every fleet requirement – from the smallest owner driver one-off jobs, to regular maintenance and repair schedules for the largest tractor and trailer fleets. Leading brands including Krone, Schmitz Cargobull, Jost, BPW, ROR and Meritor are fully supported and operators the length and breadth of Ireland can rely on round-the-clock service and roadside recovery if required.

820914 Krone - Keeping Ireland's Krone trailers on the move (1)In brief, the operation comprises a 6 bay trailer repair workshop and 6 bay commercial vehicle repair centre; on-site LCV, HCV and CVR testing centre; NSAI-licensed tachograph, speed limiter and plating facility; tail lift inspection; 3,000 sq.m. parts and components centre; curtain manufacturing facility; shot-blast, painting and refurbishment; mobile service and breakdown vans; fleet scheduling, reporting and budget planning.

For Krone Trailer and all other trailer operators, Fleet Solutions provide a state-of-the-art trailer workshop which employs a ‘pit-stop’ philosophy to ensure fast turn-round and cost effective maintenance and repairs:

  • 20ft pit bay for full inspections
  • Dedicated ABS & EBS diagnostics bay
  • All 6 bays equipped with specially designed trailer lifts and stands
  • Retractable airlines and air points at front and rear of each bay
  • Three phase and one phase wiring to each bay
  • High quality equipment and tools
  • In-depth code of practice and procedures adhering to the highest Health & Safety standards

Commercial Vehicle Testing Centre

Fleet Solutions’ commercial vehicle test centre is licensed and regulated by the RSA. “We are also a member of the Vehicle Testing Network, “adds Brian. “ Unlike the National Car Test (NCT), it is mandatory for commercial vehicles to be tested annually. There are two classifications of vehicles: light goods vehicles – up to and including 3500Kgs gross vehicle weight and heavy goods vehicles -above 3500Kgs gross vehicle weight. Given the already diverse nature of our service, it was a natural fit to open the test centre and I’m pleased to say we have been very busy since it opened in 2009”.

The sum of the (trailer) parts

Fleet Solutions is a leading supplier of commercial vehicle spare parts and body components for Jost, Meritor, BPW,SAF, Granning, Wabco, Haldex, Knorr-Bremse, Jonesco and Featherwing. A stock of Krone Trailers’ ‘fast-moving’ parts is kept on site and if any major components should be required then they are despatched from Krone’s central parts depot on a next day basis.

“All-in-all” concludes Brian Balfe, “Fleet Solutions are here to keep Ireland’s commercial transport on the move and of course that includes the increasing number of trailers carrying the Krone badge. No matter whether we are talking curtainsiders, reefers, box vans or skellies, our trailer service is geared to meet and exceed the daily demands of operators across the transport industry”


Fleet Solutions
Unit 4D
Besser Drive
Clondalkin Industrial Estate
Dublin 22

Further Information:

Peckfield Business Park
Phoenix Avenue
LS25 4DY

Tel: +44 (0) 1132 878817
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Harrison Solway take ‘fast- track’ Krone Trailers

Harrison Solway take ‘fast- track’ Krone Trailers as pallet numbers rise

Harrison Solway, the Hull based distribution and warehousing specialists have recently expanded their trailer fleet with the addition of six Profi Liner curtainsiders from Krone, which, says the company are needed to keep up with the continuing increase in pallet movements for their customers throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe.

A founder mKroneember of Pallet Track, the UK’s fastest growing pallet network, Harrison Solway is now in its 15th year and says the company is growing all the time. Much of the work is for a national supplier of modular bathrooms, although virtually all types of palletised cargo can be handled by Harrison Solway’s nationwide distribution fleet and 120k sq. ft. of secure warehousing. The company can store and control up to 10,000 pallets at any given time.

“We have built our operation on sound practice and reliability. It’s what our customers and the industry expect.” says Director Lee Solway, “Key to this is having the flexibility to handle a cross-section of customer requirements with speed and efficiency, while ensuring maximum safety and load security at all times. We can accommodate customers with as few as 5 or as many as 1,500 pallets per week, but whatever the throughput , the level of service must remain the same. ”

To this end, Harrison Solway required a curtainsider which enabled them to load through the roof from either end of the trailer as well as through the rear and sides, using forklifts or cranes according to the product. Furthermore, the company required additi831114 Harrison Solway take 'fast-track' Krone Trailers -Paul Harrison left, Lee Solway right.onal internal loading height, multiple strapping points for load security and the facility to strap from inside the curtain when it is closed. The objective being to increase load safety, add flexibility and speed up turnaround times.

“Initially, we hired a Profi Liner to test things out and after three months we were convinced that this was the way to go.” adds Lee Solway, “The advantages over a conventional curtainsider are numerous.” Krone’s Multi Lock strapping system is, according to Lee Solway, an outstanding feature which keeps every load ‘safe and secure’. The sliding roof meanwhile, adds a further advantage by opening from both ends.

“Our policy is to keep in tune with new systems and technology.”  continues Lee, “This is important, not just to remain ahead of the competition but to ensure we deliver the very best service to our diverse client base. For example, the systems we use to support our ‘Just-in-time’ delivery network include: – end-to-end traceability (real time, track and trace); specialist consolidation; contract packing and stock auditing. Moreover, our vehicle fleet is equipped with satellite tracking and in-cab communications to ensure tight control and fast response whenever it’s needed.”

831114 Harrison Solway take 'fast-track' Krone Trailers as pallet numbers rise (1)“Our trailers too, need to fit this policy and Krone was certainly more than able to match up to all our safety and loading requirements. During initial consultations, Krone worked closely with us and provided in-depth advice, which enabled us to reach our optimum specification. Also worthy of note is the fact that we only had to wait 6 weeks for delivery. Fast- track by any standards.”

Further Information:                                                                           


Peckfield Business Park
Phoenix Avenue
LS25 4DY

Tel: +44 (0) 1132 878817
Fax: +44 (0) 1132 878819