Eskimo Express Press Release 2014

Eskimo Express doubles up with Paneltex Somers Leading specialist courier company Eskimo Express runs a fleet of 20 temperature controlled vehicles and, for the first time, the latest two additions to its fleet are both Citroen Relay vans that feature high specification dual compartment bodies converted by refrigerated body manufacturer Paneltex Somers.


With the Paneltex Somers refrigerated conversion enabling the Citroens to operate at -25°C in one compartment and +25°C in the other,




Eskimo Express are now benefitting from being able to utilise one vehicle on jobs where previously they would have had to have used two vehicles.



Chertsey-based company, Eskimo Express recently took delivery of these two new Citroen Relay L3H2 diesel vans and the Paneltex Flexi-temp pharmaceutical specification conversions are built to ATP Certification Class C.

The company anticipates both these vehicles will have a working life in excess of six years. According to Tony Colato from Eskimo Express,

"Much of our courier work is specifically for the pharmaceutical industry and we have found that, apart from Paneltex Somers, no other vehicle body manufacturer can manufacture such a high level of refrigerated conversion that is ideally suited to this industry. Our vehicles work extremely hard, on deliveries and collections all over Europe, so the reliability and consistent performance achieved by our refrigerated vehicles is vital to the success of the business"

Eskimo Express first started working with Paneltex Somers last year when they purchased two Citroen Berlingos that were converted at the company's Norwich based manufacturing site. The success of these first two vehicles resulted in this latest order for two Citroen Relays. "Because of the nature of the delivery work they are involved in, the refrigerated body conversion is, by design, quite complex and detailed.

In addition to the capability of a 50°C differential between the two compartments, the vehicle also has twin temperature recorders to ensure that load integrity is never compromised at any time and full satellite tracking," added Tony Colato. The high temperature differential on these two vehicles is achieved by Paneltex's ' Flexi-Temp' bulkhead system with double seals and high impact finish.

This provides a fully sealed, thermally efficient, partition wall between the two compartments. In addition, the vehicles are specified with two apertures in which to fit the bulkhead, giving full multi-compartment flexibility. Refrigeration is provided by a Thermoking V300 Max Spectrum dual evaporator refrigeration unit.

Other features on the new Paneltex Somers demonstration vehicle include the Somers Superfreeze Foldback side load door, the Somers Superfreeze rear door mouldings, a recessed fridge condenser moulding with the Somers patented Direct Air cover.




Frozen & Chilled foods publications 2011






a brand of Connections Courier services, who hit their quarter century in 2011, have been operating with the same Directors since the company was formed in 1986. Their fleet of 30+ vehicles have the capacity to carry up to 4 pallets and load weight up to 1.3 tons. Temperatures can be set between -25 down to +25 degrees and vehicles have the facility to carry split loads of differing temperatures. Vehicle position and load area temperature can be monitored by the customer online, in real time with password access. Vehicles are fitted with double temperature monitors. Temperature records are kept and can be provided if required. All new vehicles are built to ATP specification to enable uninterrupted Continental use.


pride themselves on offering a comprehensive 24/7/365 courier service to the frozen and chilled food industry. This includes arranging temperature sensitive samples to be sent worldwide using their network of Heathrow agents. Chill/Freeze gel packs and Poly boxes are used to provide temperature stability. Product can be collected by ESKIMO EXPRESS in temperature controlled vehicles and then sent by Next Day/Next Day a.m. Air Services to many parts of the Globe.


is based between jnct 11 and 13 of the M25, just 20 minutes from Heathrow and 45 minutes from Gatwick - ESKIMO EXPRESS is ideally placed to provide an " As Soon As Possible" service to food companies.They provide a DEDICATED ONLY service, which means that once your goods are collected, the doors will be left closed until delivery is made. Thus ensuring temperature stability. They can of course, also provide a multi-drop service if required. A G.I.T insurance of £10,000.00 is included as standard but can be increased if required. Operations Controller, Simon Gould, is the In House Security Manager and Trainer for Air Cargo Security. He has trained all drivers to ACS Level B and they all carry Authorised I.D cards.


GRP Group | Press Information

1st June 2011 Eskimo Express gets converted by GRP

Heathrow based temperature controlled courier, Eskimo Express has recently come back to GRP to order high spec freezer conversions for an Iveco Daily and a Citroen Relay for the expanding fleet. The long established Yorkshire converter is delighted to be dealing with Tony Colato and his team again, as the two companies are aligned in their strategy of providing a quality service in this sector.

The vans converted for Eskimo Express are to a freezer specification and both have been ATP certified. ATP certification is compulsory in mainland Europe for food transportation and is widely regarded as the stamp of a quality manufacturer in the UK. GRP can offer full ATP Class C Certification on van conversions as part of their commitment to raising industry standards and would welcome i being adopted in this country too.

The vans are also fitted with GPS tracking systems, Euroscan temperature recorders and the Storm Printman as well as the latest Super Rapier refrigeration equipment from GAH.

Comments GRP's Angie Potter, "It is a pleasure dealing with such a dedicated and professional team as Eskimo Express. The devil is in the detail when purchasing multi-purpose courier vehicles and Tony understands this. The vans will stand the test of time and that's what we always aim to provide".

GRP is looking forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with Eskimo Express as the two companies look forward to a bright future in these challenging economic times.

The sales team at GRP can be contacted on 0113 2554664 or by email on





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