Serco sheds weight to win deal

When SPH Transport Services – based in Cape Town, specialising in the transport of meat and fish nationally – sought to increase the payload on a MAN 25.280 chassis to 14 tonnes, Serco’s challenge was to lose weight in the body of a meat hanger truck while not compromising strength and durability.

If Serco could achieve the result, it got an additional order. If not, it would lose out.

Serco designers went to work examining the old meat hanger body and seeing where they could shave off as many kg as possible.

“We needed to do our sums carefully,” says Serco managing director, Clinton Holcroft. “We re-looked at the different components used in the construction of the body. We put more reinforcing in the floor so we could save on the weight of the sub frame and incorporated lighter engineered beams for the side wall, which didn’t weigh as much as the meranti wood we used previously.”

The end result was a saving of just over 700 kg on an 8,5-metre body.

Serco built three of the meat hangers for the client and, after achieving the required payload, was awarded an order for another two vehicles.