Krueger flexes its muscle
- From the October 2016 issue.
Australian family company, Krueger Transport Equipment, has proven to have every trailer option available, a distinction helped by its industry partnerships including its ongoing affiliation with leading German OEM, Schmitz Cargobull.
Melbourne-based Krueger Transport Equipment knew it had found its ideal partner when it entered into a relationship with German trailer building giant, Schmitz Cargobull, in April 2015. The company’s worldwide reputation as a premier refrigerated trailer manufacturer, plus the results of a two-year fact-finding mission, showed Krueger it was ready to deliver on its highly coveted reefer offering.
More than 18 months on, Krueger’s production line-up is as busy as ever with its Truganina factory constantly churning out one Schmitz Cargobull reefer after another, alongside its other trailer models. The current collaboration involves Krueger taking care of the chassis production and final assembly, with Schmitz Cargobull providing the refrigerated box body, which is custom-built for the Australian market and in its state-of-the-art facility in Germany.
“With the Schmitz product, we are proud to say Krueger is a major player in the Australian cold chain sector,” says National Sales Manager, Grant Krueger. “Our product portfolio now boasts a well-rounded range of vans built specifically for Australian conditions, which is a luxury that we didn’t have in years past.
“The orders have been regular, which has kept us on our toes. With the ability to utilise both our Truganina and Derrimut sites, we can cope with the high volume of orders as we keep ample stock in-house and can produce the chassis on demand.”
In 2016 alone, Krueger has delivered on numerous refrigerated model orders nationally, including for Victorian cold chain operator Keating’s, New South Wales-based Madden’s Refrigerated Transport and Busselton Freight Services in Western Australia, as well as Australia-wide transport and logistics giant, Linfox.
“Krueger has recently invested $250k into advancing and upgrading our van assembly production line to streamline the already efficient process. Our aim is to make this process world class, we want to deliver excellence competitively,” Grant says.
“This is a major commitment to ensure Krueger-Schmitz Cargobull forge ahead and become the best in the market. It also helps that we have a service and repair network in every state. If the operator needs servicing or additional parts for their reefers, then they can give their local branch a call.
“Schmitz provides extensive training, as well as on-going research and development support. Learning more about building and refining our refrigerated trailers, and gaining further insight into the latest innovations has been invaluable for the Krueger team.”
Now a certified expert in the refrigerated sector, Grant says Krueger is pleased that it no longer needs to turn away customer requests; instead the Melbourne-based company can now go full throttle towards expanding its reefer range. “Krueger’s success is born from our commitment to push the boundaries with innovative development,” he says.
“We wanted to work with a company that understands our dedication to build trailing equipment that the Australian market needs. By delivering Schmitz Cargobull reefer vans, combined with the reliability and precision of the Krueger design, we can ensure our customers will gain maximum value out of each trailer over the long haul. By realising our potential in the refrigerated space, we are now starting to see our two-year research mission pay off.”