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Eskimo Express doubles up with Paneltex Somers

Leading specialist courier company Eskimo Express runs a fleet of 20 temperature controlled vehicles and, for the first time, the latest two additions to its fleet are both Citroen Relay vans that feature high specification dual compartment bodies converted by refrigerated body manufacturer Paneltex Somers.

With the Paneltex Somers refrigerated conversion enabling the Citroens to operate at -25°C in one compartment and +25°C in the other, Eskimo Express are now benefitting from being able to utilise one vehicle on jobs where previously they would have had to have used two vehicles.

Chertsey-based company, Eskimo Express recently took delivery of these two new Citroen Relay L3H2 diesel vans and the Paneltex Flexi-temp pharmaceutical specification conversions are built to ATP Certification Class C. The company anticipates both these vehicles will have a working life of up to six years, and that they will be ordering more of this type of vehicle from Paneltex Somers later this year.

According to Tony Colato from Eskimo Express, "Much of our courier work is specifically for the pharmaceutical industry and we have found that, apart from Paneltex Somers, no other vehicle body manufacturer can manufacture such a high level of refrigerated conversion that is ideally suited to this industry. Our vehicles work extremely hard, on deliveries and collections all over Europe, so the reliability and consistent performance achieved by our refrigerated vehicles is vital to the success of the business."

During 2013 Eskimo Express purchased two ATP Certified Citroen Berlingos from Paneltex Somers that were converted at the company's Norwich based manufacturing site. The success of these two vehicles resulted in this latest order for two Citroen Relays.

"Because of the nature of the delivery work they are involved in, the refrigerated body conversion is, by design, quite complex and detailed. In addition to the capability of a 50°C differential between the two compartments, the vehicle also has twin temperature recorders, to ensure that load integrity is never compromised at any time, and full European coverage satellite tracking," added Tony Colato.

The high temperature differential on these two vehicles is achieved by Paneltex's 'Flexi-Temp' bulkhead system with double seals and high impact finish. This provides a fully sealed, thermally efficient, partition wall between the two compartments. In addition, the vehicles are specified with two apertures in which to fit the bulkhead, giving full multi-compartment flexibility.

Refrigeration is provided by a Thermoking V300 Max Spectrum dual evaporator refrigeration unit. Other features on the new Paneltex Somers demonstration vehicle include the Somers Superfreeze Foldback side load door, the Somers Superfreeze rear door mouldings, and a recessed fridge condenser moulding.