Matt Lorne Transport Ltd, based in Goole, East Yorkshire, is the first operator in the UK to specify Krone drum brakes and, says owner Matt Lorne, the company has experienced good fuel figures and smooth running over the first two months on the road.
“The new Krone axle and drum brake rolls really well. We are already seeing operational benefits through improved fuel consumption and our drivers say the trailers handle perfectly.”
5 Krone sliding-roof Profi Liner curtainsiders have been added to the fleet and are being used to transport bathroom units and modular buildings throughout the UK – ‘from Truro to Aberdeen’. According to Matt, the combination of sliding roof and Krone’s Multi-Lock loading system makes the trailers ideal for loading and securing large items of cargo.
“There’s no other sliding roof like it” says Matt. “The fabrication quality is miles ahead of the game. Plus, with strapping points every 100 mm down each side rave, we can secure at any point along the trailer bed, even from inside the closed curtain, which is a safety-plus.”
The Krone axle comes with a 6-year unlimited mileage warranty and like all Krone trailer equipment for the UK and Ireland, is fully supported by Krone parts and service from within the UK.
“We are a national operation” adds Matt, “and cover a lot of miles. It’s important therefore to use an axle system which is hard wearing and cheaper to maintain. In this regard, we are delighted to be the first to put the new Krone Drums to the test!”
Krone reports that a further 50 trailers fitted with Krone axles and drum brakes are currently on order from other UK operators and this figure looks set to increase sharply during 2017.