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Paneltex to showcase latest temperature-controlled bodies at 2018 IAA

UK temperature-controlled bodybuilder Paneltex is to take the wraps off three new temperature-controlled bodies at this month’s IAA exhibition as it highlights its latest developments for the internet shopping, home delivery and urban logistic sectors.

Paneltex Sprinter side loading low entry chassis cab

Marking the firm’s fourth attendance and its biggest-ever display at the show, the stand will include the Paneltex side-loading refrigerated home delivery body, designed with a very low access height to eliminate the need for a side step. Mounted on a Mercedes Sprinter VS30 MWB chassis cab, this Paneltex triple compartment body covers ambient, chilled and frozen goods in a single body and features a Paneltex GRP-moulded air deflector for improved refrigeration performance and aerodynamics.

It offers a 108-tote capacity with 60 totes in the ambient section, 30 in the chill section and 18 in the freezer compartment. Access to the ambient compartment at the front of the vehicle is through a roll-up shutter, whilst the freeze and chilled compartments are accessed through three Paneltex vacuum-moulded GRP rebated side doors manufactured to a high standard for maximum thermal efficiency and ease-of-use.

Refrigeration for this vehicle is provided by a GAH electric SRD351F dual evaporator, alternator-driven environmentally friendly electric refrigeration system.

Paneltex Sprinter panel van conversion

Also on display at the Paneltex IAA stand will be a Mercedes Sprinter chassis cab with a rear loading home delivery insulated Paneltex body. Double slimline GRP rear doors have been fitted to the body and each door is hinged to allow 270-degree opening. A single side door is fitted to each side of the vehicle and these doors open through 180-degree.

Inside the refrigerated Paneltex body, a pair of lightweight insulated doors are fitted to separate the ambient area from the chilled area, whilst refrigeration is provided by a bespoke GAH Arrow AM20 refrigeration system. This road-only unit has a condenser mounted below the nearside of the body, inside the side skirts, a slim roof evaporator mounted in a recessed housing and a streamlined moulding cover, which improves aerodynamics and airflow inside the compartment.

Paneltex Sprinter rear loading chassis cab 0618

The three-vehicle line-up is completed by a MAN TGE L3H2 panel van fitted with a Somers freezer conversion to carry goods at -25° C, covering frozen goods with up to 20 door openings during an eight-hour working day.

Specified with Somers Superfreeze modular rear doors, a Somers fold-back side load door and an environmentally-friendly electric Carrier Transicold Pulsor refrigeration system, this vehicle is liveried in the Arctic brand, which has been set up as part of the MAN and VW dealer network in the Netherlands.

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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