RALU Logistika Completes Its Successful Investment by Purchasing Mercedes Trucks

Rugvica, April 6th, 2017 – Today, RALU Logistika, the leading independent supplier of integrated logistics management services in Croatia and the region, took over 30 Mercedes-Benz trucks equipped with the most modern insulated chambers made by Lamberet SAS, a French manufacturer, with refrigeration units made by Carrier Transicold, an American manufacturer.

The total value of this investment is HRK 20 million and the first shipment will include a total of 100 delivery trucks as previously contracted. RALU Logistika will utilise the trucks to improve the quality of their services and additionally strengthen their position on the market.

RALU Logistika's own fleet of vehicles currently features over 200 vehicles used for daily shipments of goods in international transport and deliveries to over 6,000 locations across Croatia. Accordingly, we continue the constant process of hiring new employees. Since the beginning of the year, we have hired 80 new employees exceeding the total number of 300 RALU Logistika employees.

“Procurement of the first 30 out of a total of 100 contracted delivery trucks is an investment by RALU Logistika, as the leading transport and logistics company in the cold chain field, that is yet another step forward with the goal of continually elevating the level of quality of its services. With the existing infrastructure, with an emphasis on the logistics-distribution centre in Rugvica, the new cross-dock centre we are opening soon in the area of Rijeka and our warehouses in Osijek and Split, the investment we are making in the fleet of vehicles marks the completion of this investment cycle. This way we will continue to confirm our reliability and uncompromising quality we provide to our clients and partners“, said Mr. Ivan Perković, the Chairman of the Board of RALU Logistika.

We are thankful for the trust RALU Logistika has given us and we look forward to the beginning of a mutually successful business cooperation and partner relationship that we will continue to build on our core values – high level of professionalism, good investment-yield ratio and the superb product offer. We trust that the RALU Logistika drivers enjoy driving the Atego brand of Mercedes vehicles that has already been proven on European roads and represents the right solution for distribution transport. We guarantee safety and quality to all our partners, including RALU Logistika, not only in terms of our vehicles, but also our relationship“, said Mr. Igor Geršak, the Director of the company Star Import, the general distributer for Daimler AG in Croatia.

The Atego model of Mercedes-Benz trucks features automatic gearshift of the newest Mercedes PowerShift generation with six gears, while the chassis with the largest permitted weight of 12 tons is equipped with the Daimler's Eco Support system to automatically evaluate drivers and their performances in terms of how they drive, how much fuel they use and optimal vehicle use. Cost effectiveness, decreased exploitation costs as well as environment protection additionally contribute to the Michelin Multiway pneumatics with the lowest rolling resistance. The FMS provides data transfer for any newer generation tracking system with more than 15 monitored parameters, such as location, speed, driving method, fuel reservoir status with an additional probe and other features. For additional active safety, in addition to the usual ABA active breaking system (Aktiv Brake Assist) and the LDWS for tracking driving lanes (Lane Departure Warning System), the vehicles also feature the strongest engine brake in the class with the braking effect of up to 170 kW.

The trucks are equipped with insulated chambers manufactured by Lamberet SAS, a company that specializes in the production of insulated chambers for all types of cargo delivery vehicles, interchangeable insulated cases and insulated trailers and semi-trailers. The company Lamberet karoserije d.o.o., general representative for Lamberet SAS in Croatia, has equipped the new RALU Logistika trucks with the most modern Lamberet SR2 Green Liner CX System and Lamberet Rigid CX System chamber models. They feature excellent heat insulation with a very low heat transfer coefficient of 0.34 W/m²K. An important characteristic is also very low own weight that increases the load-bearing capacity. Vertical bars for opening the back doors integrated into the doors have improved the appearance and made them easier to maintain. The SR2 Green Liner CX System and Lamberet's patented revolutionary air distribution system within the semi-trailer are features that provide the 0.5°C temperature difference between the front and the back trailer instead of the usual 3.5°C thereby ensuring the internal temperature after door opening is quickly restored, as well as lower fuel consumption.

New vehicles can maintain the temperature of goods at all desired temperatures, ranging from -30 to +30 °C thanks to the refrigeration units from the Supra series made by Carrier Transicold, an American manufacturer. Their authorised distributer for Croatia, the company Haramustek d.o.o., has installed new Supra 750Mt gadgets into the new vehicles equipped with numerous safety systems that guarantee optimal conditions for transport of goods under all weather conditions. One of their features is a robust design and low noise levels. High reliability of Carrier units is also guaranteed through the post-sale support of the Carrier service network.

With the technically advanced equipment, the new RALU Logistika vehicles are keeping up with the previously established fleet standards thereby providing the opportunity to constantly monitor the temperature and fuel consumption, as well as the goods at all times via the GPS and Mobilisis navigation. The vehicles and semi-trailers will be checked and serviced in our garages according to the truck manufacturer standards. Drivers have our own gas station at their disposal located within the service building with the adjoining automated truck wash.

This shipment of new vehicles is the continuation of the ongoing growth of the RALU Logistika fleet of vehicles following the procurement of 100 tractor-trailers in 2014. RALU Logistika has made a significant step forward in their business operations by expanding in Croatia with the upcoming opening of a high bay cross-dock warehouse with three refrigerated chambers at -25°C and four loading-unloading docks in the Kukuljanovo Industrial Zone, as well as warehouse operations in Osijek and Split. Strengthening of the logistics capacity in the region continues with the opening of the logistics-distribution centre in May of this year in the business zone in Ugrinovci, close to Belgrade, with a temperature controlled warehouse with a size of 8,000 m2 and an adjoining land plot with a size of 75,000 m2.
 



4/6/2017


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