Tiger delivers 250 trailers to DPD, comprised box vans plus recyclable double decks
Tiger is introducing 250 trailers to the UK logistics fleet of leading express parcel delivery specialist, DPD, during 2021 into 2022, comprised two product types, box van trailers and moving deck double decks, the latter involving impressive green credentials. DPD’s order with Tiger Trailers is made up of 100 tandem axle single deck box van trailers, alongside 150 moving deck double deck trailers which have been specifically designed and engineered to deliver enhanced durability and environmental efficiency.
DPD’s Tiger-built double deck ‘wedge’ trailers feature sidewalls made from Tata Steel’s thin, lightweight yet strong 10mm Coretinium® composite sheet material solution, which is efficient at all stages of its product life cycle, from minimising raw materials in its creation, to saving weight and maximising payload space to help reduce fuel and CO2 emissions.
Edwin Richards, Technical Sales Manager Coretinium®, Tata Steel, explains: “Up to 85% of the material, produced at our Shotton Works in Flintshire, can be recycled without separating the skins from the core”, explains, who adds: “The honeycomb product enables us to create material-efficient solutions. Having teamed up with Tiger Trailers on double decks in 2019, it’s great to now be involved in the supply to a company like DPD who place such strong value on the whole life impact of their trailers.”
All of DPD’s new moving deck double deck trailers feature galvanised chassis and stainless steel rear frames, and incorporate a Hatcher Aero at the front to deliver aerodynamic fuel efficiency savings to the operator’s fleet. The moving deck is operated by the Tiger’s proven 4-ram hydraulic system that maximises the space available inside the vehicle and requires reduced maintenance over the life of the trailer, and a number of the vehicles incorporate the manufacturer’s latest digital touchpad control panel that replaces a traditional wanderlead setup.
Stephen Pollock, Tiger Trailers’ Business Development Director, comments: “We’re proud to be working closely with DPD in manufacturing these two different products for their fleet. Online retail and delivery have proliferated even more quickly in recent months, so we are very pleased to be able to support DPD in getting parcels delivered safely and on time as the company strives to offer its customers increasingly wider choice. We echo DPD’s sentiments over sharing passions for innovation, technology and environmental sustainability, and look forward to supporting DPD and its green trailers.”
The single deck box van trailers manufactured by Tiger for DPD are equipped with various high-impact protection features and nose guarding to mitigate potential damage during coupling. The vehicles’ Goodyear KMAX D Fuel Grip tyres are specifically designed to provide robustness in regional and urban environments, backed by slow wear and ensuing high mileage capability, while the non-slip phenolic coated plywood floor is made from environmentally friendly material sourced from sustainable and 100% traceable forests in Finland.
Darren Wilson, Associate Director – Linehaul & Transport, DPD UK commented: “DPD’s sustainability strategy is based on examining every aspect of our operation to make it more efficient and better for the environment. We thrive on innovation and that’s exactly what Tiger is doing in the trailer space. We’ve ordered over 250 trailers from them to support our growth, all of which will be manufactured in the UK using the latest technology and greenest components. In fact, the material being used on the double-deck trailer panels is constructed in such a way as to be totally recyclable. We love working with suppliers who share the same values and goals and Tiger is certainly one such supplier.”
Tiger Trailers is one of the UK’s leading semi-trailer and rigid truck bodywork manufacturers and has, over the last two years, introduced Tiger Finance and Tiger Rentals divisions to its fast-growing operations, along with the Siberian range of temperature-controlled products, and latterly Tiger Parts, stocking OEM components in parallel with other brands and specialist components.