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COLD COMFORT | Trailer REVIEW – MaxiTRANS supply 395 Trailers to Coles

Coles Supermarket confirms the largest single order for trailers in the Australian market.

It’s official, the largest ever trailer order in Australia has been awarded to MaxiTRANS for the supply of 395 Maxi-CUBE and Freighter trailers valued at over $60 million to Coles Supermarkets in NSW and Victoria.

“This is a tremendous show of support by Coles in Australian regional manufacturing,” said MaxiTRANS managing director and chief executive officer, Dean Jenkins.

“Coles’ decision to buy Australian-made is not only a vote of confidence that our existing 950 employees build a world-class product, but it will also help to generate more than 100 new jobs over the life of the contract.

“All of the units will be assembled at MaxiTRANS’ manufacturing facility in Wendouree, Ballarat, and feature components made at our plant in Hallam, both in Victoria”.

The flow-on effect of an order of this size also benefits Australian equipment suppliers such as Carrier Transicold as the exclusive supplier of transport refrigeration equipment that forms an integral part of the trailer features and benefits.

Carrier Transicold will supply 235 Vector™ 1950 multi-temperature (MT) units with patented E-Drive™ all-electric technology. Coles Supermarkets currently operate a 170-unit strong, 100 percent Carrier fleet in Victoria, Queensland and South Australia.

With this order, a mix of two- and three-compartment Vector 1950 MT systems will be installed on MaxiTRANS refrigerated trailers, to be split between Coles distribution centres in Sydney and Perth.

“The Vector 1950 MT system gives operators the power to consolidate deliveries, making fleets more efficient and able to cope with frequent door openings,” said Kelly Geddes, manager, marketing, Carrier Transicold Australia.

The Carrier-powered refrigerated trailers will be in service year-round, delivering chilled, ambient and frozen produce to Coles’ stores across New South Wales and Western Australia. With plans to keep the trailers in service for 10 years, it is expected they will average approximately 2250 running hours annually.

Vector 1950 MT units offer a high refrigeration capacity of up to 18,200 watts, ensuring precise temperature control within each of the trailers’ compartments. Powered by high-volume electric fans, the host unit can provide up to 5700 m3 per hour of airflow to protect the load with even air distribution and an unparalleled pull-down time – making it ideal for intensive distribution cycles with multiple door openings.

The patented E-Drive technology built into the Vector system uses electricity to power the refrigeration system and can simultaneously heat and cool the different load spaces as required, ensuring maximum performance across several compartments. The technology also removes 17 serviceable parts from the unit, which increases reliability and trailer uptime.

As part of the order, Coles selected Carrier’s fully comprehensive contract maintenance agreement for the expected lifecycle of the units, which will help to ensure maximum fleet availability at all times.

Coles will have the ability to access MaxiTRANS’ leading Australian trailer aftersales support footprint over the life of the trailers at more than 30 locations in the combined MaxiTRANS dealer network and MaxiPARTS retail parts network. Photo caption: Coles head of transport, Tony O’Toole, Minister for Industry and Employment and Minister for Resources, Hon. Wade Noonan MP, and MaxiTRANS managing director and chief executive, Dean Jenkins.

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