Innovating to cut carbon emissions
Until 2009, double-deck trailers would deliver consignments of 20 tractor cabs built at CNH Industrial’s factory in Croix, north-eastern France, to the New Holland Agriculture plant in Basildon, UK, where the manufacture of tractors is completed. Because the trailers had top decks that were fixed in place and the finished tractors were too tall to fit, they would drive back to Croix empty.
This was the definition of an unsustainable process – and CNH Industrial’s logistics team were determined to put an end to it. Working with tractor transportation partner De Rooy from the Netherlands, they developed a new two-deck trailer with a collapsible top deck that can be raised or lowered at the touch of a button by the driver. When the top deck is stowed, the trailer can accommodate three finished tractors and transport them from Basildon back to France or Belgium for onward global distribution. As the Basildon plant exports some 90% of its production, the impact is significant.
This innovation has saved an astonishing 9,700 empty trips between 2010 and 2018, according to Fabrizio Sanna, Head of Logistics Contracting for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It has also saved 1,950 tons of CO2 to date and cut emissions of diesel particulates and other polluting gases as a result.