Krone supports fleet expansion for KBC Logistics


A containerised transport specialist has added more than 50 trailers to its fleet as its deep-sea operations continue to expand.

KBC Logistics has taken delivery of 51 Box Liner FS10 skeletal trailers from Krone UK to support rapid growth in its deep-sea business. KBC has won significant new contracts - and increased levels of business with existing clients - after opening a depot at DP World in London Gateway.

David Ashford, who is a company director and its Transport and Compliance Manager, said: “Previously we predominantly operated fixed chassis trailers. However, our presence at London Gateway has enabled us to win some substantial new deep-sea contracts, which required investment in more sliding skeletal trailers.”

Founded in 2008, KBC Logistics specialises in transporting ambient and chilled containerised goods from ports to regional distribution centres. It also provides traction services for unaccompanied trailers. KBC operates a fleet of more than 300 vehicles from four locations, with depots in Purfleet in Essex, Killingholme in Lincolnshire, Southampton, and London Gateway. It has 360 skeletal trailers with plans to expand this to 450 by the end of 2022, in line with predicted growth.

The company invested in Krone trailers following feedback from its in-house workshop team. “The workshop really like the Krone kit as the build quality is excellent - they are robust and extremely easy to maintain,” added David. “Krone was also competitive on price, which made it a very straightforward decision.”

The FS10 has a flat chassis configuration with a sliding bogie for carrying 20ft, 30ft, 40ft and 45ft containers. Krone container chassis are designed to be durable and versatile, with features including fold-out and retractable container locks, as well as extendable under-run protection. They come with a 10-year guarantee against corrosion perforation.

Krone trailers are manufactured at its facility in Werlte, Germany, with Krone UK providing nationwide product support and aftersales care throughout Britain. 

“Krone UK has been great,” said David. “They listen to us, take on board what we need and are very accommodating. They went the extra mile to help us specify the right axles for our trailers, which we really appreciated. KBC Logistics is a very customer-driven business and it is always nice to see that same ethos from your suppliers.”

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