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Refreshingly different: Built By Chill

  • From the October 2019 issue.
Refreshingly different: Built By Chill

Built By Chill manufactures a range of temperature-controlled rigid truck bodies in its factory at Yatala on Brisbane’s southside. The company engages the latest global technology in the production process, enabling it to turn out bodies of a consistently high standard.

Built By Chill is a relative newcomer to the temperature-controlled body manufacturing scene. It is a spinoff from Chill, a privately-owned cold chain transport and logistics company that for the past 20 years has operated refrigerated transport and cold storage facilities in the mainland capital cities of Australia.

According to Built By Chill Managing Director, Andrew Wade, the company’s connection with Chill has enabled useful synergies such as the ability to test and evaluate the Built By Chill bodies under demanding real world conditions.

“Around five years ago we gained some insight into how quickly we expected our Chill transport operations to grow due to the significant rise in B to C deliveries of food for the likes of Hello Fresh and My Food Bag,” Andrew says.

“We realised that growing Chill at this projected rate would require a lot of vehicles so we decided to really dig deep and start servicing our own needs in terms of building refrigerated bodies, and Built By Chill was born. As the business grew we gained the capacity to also produce bodies for other transport operators.

“We spent a good 12 months searching across the globe for the best products to pull the idea together and we ended up partnering with a Vietnamese company called Quyen Auto which supplies all the panels for our bodies.”

Built By Chill produces a core selection of bodies starting at the light end with the CM2400 range of one-tonne ute bodies with a 5.1m3 capacity.

Next up is the Metro Body CM3800 range with a 15.7m3/three to four pallet capacity.

At the large end is a range of 8, 10 and 12 pallet bodies with respective internal volumes of 29.9, 37.4 and 45.1m3 for medium- and heavy-rigid trucks.

Among the key features across the board are a two-year back-to-base warranty on all bodies.

High thermal efficiency is maintained by the glass reinforced plastic (GRP) and Styrofoam sandwich panels which in the larger bodies have thicknesses of 100 - 125mm for the floor and roof, 80mm for the rear doors, 105mm for the front wall and 45mm for the side walls.

Other standard features include five-bar rubber seals on all doors, stainless steel rear door frames and hinges and anodised structural aluminium mouldings on both internal and external corners. Refrigeration plants are supplied by either Mitsubishi, Carrier or Thermo King.

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