Refrigerated bodybuilder Paneltex handed over their 1000th vehicle to leading retailer Iceland Foods during a special handover ceremony.
The Mercedes Sprinter 314 CDI and was presented to Iceland’s Commercial Vehicle Fleet Manager Alex McKinlay jointly by Paneltex Group Sales Director Dave Evenett and Mercedes Benz Vans UK Managing Director Steve Bridge.
All 1000 Paneltex refrigerated bodies have been fitted onto a combination of Mercedes Sprinter panel vans and chassis cabs over the last four years, with the relationship originally starting back in 2007.
In 2016, Iceland Foods and Paneltex were winners of the ‘Refrigerated Panel Van of the Year’ Award at the TCS&D Awards, scooping this award for the dual temperature refrigerated panel vans that were developed specifically for Iceland’s home delivery operation.
Alex McKinlay from Iceland Foods said: “we originally began our free home delivery as long ago as 1996 and as such we have been very much pioneers in the sector. This success with home delivery operations led to the need for higher capacity vehicles, which also provided excellent temperature controlled, combined with a best in class driving experience. Following extensive trials of new vehicle prototype, our relationship with Paneltex blossomed and they began building refrigerated vehicles for us in significant volumes from 2012 onwards.”
The Paneltex refrigerated van conversions are fitted with Alex Original refrigeration, supplied and maintained by fleet management specialists VMS, providing deep frozen temperatures within the front compartment, accessed by a freezer sliding door, and a large chilled compartment at the rear.