Schwarzer Logistics leads the way

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Schwarzer Logistics is leading the way towards a sustainable transport industry. The company has chosen to install CIGS solar panels on the roof of its fleet

At family-owned Schwarzer Logistics, they are ready to provide a professional service to their customers every day. Whether on land, at sea or in the air, they can offer a solution that, with the use of the latest technology, high professionalism and a passion for their work, ensures that their customers’ transport is both competitive and sustainable. To take this a step further, they have now installed solar panels on their fleet of trucks.

An old giant who never rests on his laurels

More than 100 years ago, the seed was laid for the company that is today known as Schwarzer Logistics. Here Heinrich Schwarzer found the courage to found his company Heinrich Schwarzer – Motorfahrzeuge, in the now Polish town of Bystrzyca Kłodzka. Initially, the company worked with the repair of both trucks and cars. At the end of World War II, Heinrich Schwarzer employed 20 people. With partition after the war and the area’s status as a Russian occupation zone, Heinrich’s son, Josef Schwarzer chose to start over in Steinfeld, Germany. After this, it is going strong with more and larger acquisitions of companies. Today, the company employs over 900, has 500 of its own trucks and advises approx. 150,000 square meters of storage space spread over 7 locations around Germany.

Schwarzer Logistics focuses on Transport Logistics, the written and unwritten rules

The company’s core business in transport logistics is national and international part and full loads. Within Europe, the company uses road haulage as the most efficient mode of transport, offering the flexibility of being able to consolidate several smaller part loads into a full load. The use of satellite tracking ensures a constant overview of where each lorry is and allows customers to track their goods. The growing market for worldwide air and sea freight has also left its mark on Schwarzer Logistics. With their usual dedication to perfection, they stand by the customer throughout the entire process with their expert knowledge and extensive know-how. Their in-depth knowledge of all legal and cultural regulations makes them a strong partner.  For air freight, there is a maximum time limit of 24 hours and can therefore be used for urgent jobs of almost any kind.

Customer’s supply chain management – Their warehouse logistics

At Schwarzer Logistics, they see it as a natural extension of their transport and forwarding work to offer sophisticated warehouse logistics. Therefore, the company’s second pillar is, of course, to offer warehousing and related services. Supply chain management and optimisation of value creation play a crucial role in today’s manufacturing companies. Their goods storage offering, is designed to integrate with customers’ supply chain management (SCM). Their warehouse logistics cover almost all aspects of the warehouse processes typically used for conventional products. This allows them to offer a customised service that is carefully tailored to the unique requirements of the customer’s value chain. A selection of services that can be offered include: Individual warehouse management, customised storage strategies such as: First in – First out or batch management and frost-free storage. Tasks such as labelling, picking and quality checks are also offered.

The travelling business cards must be clean both inside and out

A clean truck is the travelling business card of your company. It’s what potential customers see on the road, so of course they need to be clean and well-maintained. But interior cleaning is also very important to avoid contamination of the goods being transported. Since 2016, when the company’s own truck wash was completed, this task has been in-house and it has been possible to set their own high standards. Since the summer of 2020, the company’s truck cleaning and box washing system has been fuelled by energy from their new combined heat and power plant. Another example of their desire to be a sustainable company.

Careful and responsible logistics ensure environmental protection

The company is working on several fronts to reduce its resource usage. Drivers are continuously trained to drive as fuel-efficiently as possible. Additionally, the company exclusively uses vehicles with the latest engine technology to reduce CO2 emissions. There is active effort to adjust engine sizes to avoid both under- and over-motorization relative to cargo weight.

Solar panels have been installed on the company’s buildings. Another initiative is the sorting of recyclable materials and their incorporation into the recycling process. Even down to the paper bin, the company focuses on resources. With a keen eye on the necessity of printing, they have reduced paper printing consumption.

The next step on the road to carbon neutrality

As a natural development in the company’s sustainable profile, they have chosen to install the first set of solar panels on the roof of one of their MAN – TGX trucks. Oliver Heinze from Green Energy helped install this first 165Wp set. Konstantin Gottfried, workshop foreman at Schwarzer Logistics, shares his thoughts on the latest initiative.

“Our company works very progressively to be as environmentally conscious as possible. We know that our industry is often in the firing line for being polluting. We want to change that. So when we heard about your products through EUROPART, we were naturally curious. We found that your products, with their great robustness and flexibility, met our criteria and decided to carry out this first test. We expect to achieve an increase in battery life as well as considerable fuel savings. When talking about carbon footprint, solar energy is an important and highly relevant topic to address, like the solar cells on our buildings. After the test, the plan is to install solar panels on the newest vehicles in the fleet, they will remain in operation 5 years ahead compared to 4 years earlier,” concludes Konstantin Gottfried.

Congratulations to Schwarzer Logistics on the installation.

You can read more about the company here: www.schwarzer-logistics.com

Would you like to find out more about how to implement solar panels on truck or bus fleets to reduce engine idling, fuel consumption and ensure a reliable start every time?  

Green Energy products are distributed by the following companies: 

Contact europart.net
Norway: www.tti.no
Netherlands: www.wijlhuizen.com  

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