With safety bitumen tanker Kässbohrer wins Trailer Innovation 2017 award

Kässbohrer announced today that its Safety Bitumen Tanker has won the industry’s one of the most prestigious awards, Trailer Innovation 2017, in recognition of Kässbohrer’s safety concept and its implementation of innovative technologies for bitumen tankers that contribute to safer and more efficient operation.

16 September 2016

The award ceremony will be held on September 23 at the Convention Center in Hanover during the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show 2016.

Since 2002, the international “Trailer Innovation” award, through cooperation with the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), promotes outstanding ideas and new products from the trailer and body industry. The Jury members are specialist journalists from 14 leading European transport magazines.

Kässbohrer has engineered Kässbohrer Safety Bitumen Tanker, K.STS.F 32, through an exemplary industry collaboration with Hoyer Bitumen-Logistik GmbH, the German bitumen transport subsidiary of Hoyer Group, one of the worldwide market leaders in moving liquids.

Implementing the latest technology into the tank semi-trailer design, Kässbohrer’s new concept improves European best practices for occupational health and safety, as well as the discharge operation safety, and efficiency in general.

The electronic discharge automation system installed on K.STS.F 32, along with additional security features not only protects the driver, avoiding possible permanent injury, it increases security of the operation site and the equipment as well. The result is safer working conditions, lower risks in order to increase the total value of ownership and lower operational costs.

“Kässbohrer’s commitment to innovation in the semi-trailer engineering, which shaped the company’s spirit from the very beginning, continues to contribute in improving the safety and the efficiency in the transport industry and this award is a valuable proof of it,” said Kässbohrer’s Executive Board Member İffet Türken. “The award also confirms the success of our policy of engaging in long-term partnerships with industry constituents to ensure sustainability and to provide added value to the transport industry.”

Kässbohrer Safety Bitumen Tanker, K.STS.F 32, is among Kässbohrer’s exhibition vehicles during the 66th IAA Commercial Vehicles Show in Hannover between September 22 and 29, 2016 at Hall 27 Stand E11.


The Remote Control for Discharge, as a part of the electronic discharge automation system, gives the driver the ability to operate 6 meters away from the discharge area hence putting him in a safer zone for the operation. The sequential opening and closing of the valves is automatic, which takes care of the operational oversight of not opening the first valve. The algorithm governing the remote control unit is written by Kässbohrer.

Protection Cover with Dripping Pan adds additional feature to the existing protection cover. The protection cover seals and secures the hose, functions as a dripping pan when opened. The need for additional fixture to avoid dripping becomes redundant.

Safe Start System is connected with the protection cover with dripping pan, hand rails and the remote control panel to makes sure that the tanker does not move under any circumstances. Once the dripping pan opened, the tank semi-trailer brakes automatically. Furthermore, in case hand rail or dripping pan is left open, the brakes will not be released.

Temperature Datalogger is mounted on the remote control panel. Temperature datalogger monitors and records the temperature change inside the tank. The system works as a pre-emptive risk management function in case of a product irregularity.

Operational Excellence Features, including the tire monitoring system, the brake pad wear indicator, the tail guard system and led lightings are installed to ensure an uninterrupted logistics operation, as well as to maximize road safety of the tailing vehicles.

About Kässbohrer

In 1893, when Karl Kässbohrer founded his Wagenfabrik in Ulm, he redefined what trailer engineering could achieve. Today, thanks to over 120 years of staying true to his ethos, Kässbohrer products are used in more than 55 countries, have innovated in more ways and have a broader product line than Mr. Kässbohrer would ever have thought possible.

To enable the best customer service, Kässbohrer vehicles are produced at three different locations. The headquarters of the western European sales network is located in Goch, Germany. Another production site in Germany is expected to be commissioned in Ulm in August 2016. Vehicles developed for the Russian market are produced in Tula Oblast, while its main production facility is located in Adapazari.

In the European semi-trailer industry, Kässbohrer stands out with the unparalleled width of its product range, including curtainsiders, tanks and silos, low-beds and low-loaders, platforms and container chassis.

Kässbohrer’s success is built on the spirit of excellence that drives Kässbohrer engineers to transcend the ordinary to achieve a level of efficiency, simplicity and reliability seldom seen. The result is a range of semi-trailers that are economical, durable and extremely easy to handle. Our promise to you can be summarized in one word: ’Enginuity ’. We combine modern “engineering” with “ingenuity” – the inventive spirit.