In the sixth episode of the “In der Spur” podcast, Oliver Troost speaks to Andreas Schmitz, Managing Director of Schmitz Cargobull, about mega-trends in the industry and the special topics that Schmitz Cargobull is focusing on. Also: Dealing with vehicle data.
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The fall trade fair is coming to an end. The two important trade fairs IAA and BAUMA attracted many interested people to the halls. Andreas Schmitz, head of Schmitz Cargobull, was of course also present: “The trade fair in Hanover was much better than expected. We went to BAUMA with mixed feelings and left it in a better mood than expected.”
However: “The cost increases are there, and the market is not as strong as we would like,” explains Schmitz. When it comes to curtains and refrigerated vehicles, the head of Schmitz Cargobull is pretty optimistic. It also explains where the shoe pinches.
Digitization has long come to the trailer manufacturer. Telematics has been in use for more than 20 years. Important: development is ongoing. That’s the exciting thing about it.
Automated driving: “The next trailer will stay.” Schmitz says it’s camp and so much more. Obviously, the vehicles must be safe, but it comes after the tractor. When it comes to automated driving, the focus is obviously on it. The situation is similar when it comes to electricity, the tractor will continue to pull and pull the trailer behind it. We are working on the electrification of the refrigerated car.
Sustainability – a word on everyone’s lips – is also a central point of Schmitz Cargobull: “We try to be sustainable not only in production, but also with the trailer itself. Schmitz explains what Ecoflex offers here.
“We are on the right track when it comes to sustainability if something is done for the customer’s wallet and environmental protection.” Reducing costs and reducing carbon dioxide is part of Schmitz Cargobull’s goal.
The central point of the conversation is the vehicle data: the data belongs to the customer. Schmitz publishes open systems, and the head of Schmitz Cargobull is of the opinion that it is precisely for this reason that not one platform or system will prevail, but several options. Here he explains exactly what he means and what the Data Governance Center is all about.
The Blue Elephant topic remains exciting – listen to it.
Kindly supported by SAF-Holland