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Serco – A Trailblazer Among Truck-body and Trailer Builders

Serco’s refrigerated trailers are used to transport perishable goods

Serco’s mission is to uphold its reputation as a leader in the truck body and trailer-building industry. Its Managing Director, Clinton Holcroft, says: “We will continue to produce superior-quality refrigerated and dry-freight truck bodies and trailers, as well as striving to reduce fuel costs and CO² emissions.”

sercoAs a leader in its field, the company – with branches in Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town – has built up extensive experience servicing the transport industry for more than 30 years.

The company’s Eco package offers exciting possibilities in this area through a fuel-saving combination, which includes durable side-mounted skirtings and a roof diffuser providing the potential to reduce fuel consumption for long-haul operators. Road tests conducted in co-operation with SPAR and MixTelematics between Durban and Richards Bay proved the Eco package does indeed improve fuel consumption significantly.

Serco’s refrigerated trailers are used to transport perishable goods – from fresh vegetables to frozen ice cream, and from beef to bread – around South Africa, while its dryfreight bodies move a wide variety of goods, including general cargo, electrical appliances and courier loads. The company also offers remote temperature monitoring solutions through its association with Ikhaya Automation.

“We supply multitemperature vehicle bodies where different products can be transported in the same vehicle at different temperatures using movable partitions to separate the zones. We also install Whiting roll-over doors – something which has proven very popular for local conditions.” Holcroft says that by using unique designs and materials, Serco is able to offer increased payload and improved durability in high-wear areas of the vehicles.

Materials used include fibreglass composite skins; high tensile steel; aluminium; high-quality birch plywood; and high-density polyurethane foam. “We also offer a range of accessories to provide solutions from load securing to trailer aerodynamics, as well as various floor and side-wall protection options to accommodate pallet jacks and high-wear applications.

“Our in-house design department is able turn innovations into practical solutions for our customers. We also have a strong network of suppliers with whom we collaborate to continuously improve our product offering. This is backed up by an efficient aftersales repair service to keep customers’ vehicles on the road.”

 
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