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Logistics firm beefs up fleet with locally built vehicles

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SERCO has built 56 Dryliner truck bodies – including 16 demountable units – for the Durban-based company, City Logistics, which is expanding its wide-ranging distribution fleet.

With more than 100,000sqm of warehouse space and a fleet of over 1,200 vehicles, the company provides a complete management service to several blue-chip customers and southern African retailers, with a specific emphasis on apparel and footwear.

It has a comprehensive distribution network in Southern Africa. Daily operations include deliveries to retail, industrial and automotive customers while the line-haul division operates on a 24-hour basis, providing an inter-depot service for distribution and FTL deliveries for key customers.

Serco CEO Clinton Holcroft said City Logistics had wanted high cube load bodies, so Dryliner units built with Protec steel facings and an injected foam were offered to provide a durable and lightweight panel construction.

“We met the customer’s requirements with a combination of 8.25m and 8.8m high cube bodies, built at our Durban factory. Five of the units were adapted to accommodate towing draw bar trailers and sixteen of the units were demountable bodies to enable efficient turnaround for loading and offloading,” said Holcroft.

City Logistics Director Anthony Naicker and Fleet Manager Rodney Pillay decided on Serco’s Protec panel construction which had been proven previously, to offer improved durability and hence a longer life span for the vehicle bodies, while also meeting the required volumetric capacity.

They said they were very pleased with the builds and looked forward to continue growing the partnership.

Key product features of the Dryliner include injected foam technology which reduces interior ambient body temperature, coated steel facings which provide improved security, better durability and longevity of the body construction, and HD reinforced under-run for docking.

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