European logistics and haulage specialist Online MBT has taken delivery of a new Daf LF rigid truck mounted with a Carrier Transicold Supra 850 refrigeration unit - the latest addition to its expanding temperature controlled fleet. Carrier Transicold, which operates in the UK as Carrier Transicold UK, helps improve global transport and shipping temperature control with a complete line of equipment for refrigerated trucks, trailers and containers, and is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
The Supra 850 unit joins a fleet of 35 refrigerated vehicles operated by Online MBT and will be used primarily to deliver large payload temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals to destinations across Europe and as far as Kiev and Moscow. The fleet will soon expand further with four additional assets on order, including two tri-axle trailers with powerful Carrier Transicold Vector™ 1950 refrigeration units and a pair of vans with Xarios™ 350 refrigeration systems. The expansion of its reefer fleet follows a surge in demand for transporting high-value pharmaceutical loads - a niche area where Online MBT has extensive experience.
"I have been specifying Carrier Transicold units for 41 years and have gradually introduced them to Online MBT during my five years with the company," said Conrad Garrett, transport manager, Online MBT. "I'm continually impressed with how well engineered the units are, and the service support throughout Europe and Russia is first class. With satellite tracking and a remote temperature monitoring system in place, we can guarantee our customers at any given time that their cargo is safe and being maintained at the correct set point."
The Daf truck has been specified with Solomon bodywork, a tail-lift and full air suspension to protect even the most delicate of loads. It is expected to remain in service for the next four years and will be on the road up to seven days a week, covering around 120,000 miles a year.
The Supra 850 is one of a range of specialist high-performance Carrier Transicold units ideally suited for use as a solution to support pharmaceutical industry requirements. These refrigeration units enable fleets to equip any commercial vehicle, from the smallest van to the largest trailer, with a proven system for these most demanding of applications.
Online MBT was formerly known as Mike Beer Transport and operates out of three sites - London, Dover and Cologne, Germany. It is now part of Online Group, which was formed in 1983. Online Group operates a combined fleet of 300 commercial vehicles.
About Carrier Transicold
Carrier Transicold helps improve transport and shipping of temperature controlled cargoes with a complete line of equipment and services for refrigerated transport and cold chain visibility. For more than 40 years, Carrier Transicold has been an industry leader, providing customers around the world with the most advanced, energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable container refrigeration systems and generator sets, direct-drive and diesel truck units, and trailer refrigeration systems. Carrier Transicold is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. For more information, visit www.transicold.carrier.com, or follow Carrier on Twitter: @CarrierGreen.