FRUEHAUF : Our values

Fruehauf, leader on the French market

FRUEHAUF is the leader on the French trailer and semitrailer market and one of the brands most recognised internationally.

Its operational activities are based in Auxerre (France) where it employs more than 600 people.

It manufactures and markets a wide range of semitrailers:

  • Dry Freight, CURTAINSIDERS, VANS, CONTAINER CHASSIS and PLATFORMS, for all of which it is number one in France with a market share of around 35%
  • As well as steel or aluminium TIPPERS for PUBLIC WORKS and LARGE VOLUMES intended for food products, chemicals or recycling

It also offers a comprehensive range of CENTRE-AXLE TRAILERS, a market in which it has become essential with a market share of 60% for curtainsider trailers as a result of the trust customers place in it and all the specialist partner coachbuilders.

4 strategic priorities

Four major strategic priorities ensure FRUEHAUF’s success and reputation and set it apart from the competition :

The “Designed to last” concept

The needs of transport companies have changed considerably in recent years with a revived need for sturdiness, without premature wear and above all no risk of equipment downtime. With vehicles operating full time, downtime is extremely costly.
FRUEHAUF has always designed and manufactured equipment that is recognised by the market for its sturdiness and perfect for intensive, harsh applications with mechanically welded beds, decks designed to withstand high loads and reinforced bodywork.
As a result, with ownership times more than 10 years longer and fewer opportunities to buy second-hand vehicles in Western Europe, investment in FRUEHAUF “Designed to last” vehicles gives customers a competitive edge.

Customer relations

FRUEHAUF has always fostered strong relationships with transport company customers and all users of its vehicles, large distribution companies, rental companies and own accounts.
A Technical Sales team, assisted by specialist Distributors, provides the daily advice necessary to perfectly adapt the definition of vehicles to every need and every application.
Each new vehicle, each change, each innovation has been developed in close collaboration with specialist customers involved in Working Groups, suggesting that FRUEHAUF vehicles are also manufactured by “listening to transport companies”.

Innovations

Since the concept of the semitrailer was invented by August Fruehauf in 1914 (see history), FRUEHAUF’s DNA has been marked by 100 years of innovation.

In this spirit, FRUEHAUF continuously develops active innovations for its customers, giving them an edge over the competition in terms of SAFETY, PRODUCTIVITY and operating SAVINGS:

  • RCP® – Reverse Collision Protection
  • SafeParking® – Automatic parking brake activation
  • M&B Inside® – Interior docking control
  • APCS® – Automatic Pressure Control System
  • See “FRUEHAUF Innovations”

Some other examples of this ongoing innovation at the service of customers:

  • The range of CITY vehicles, the best solution for urban distribution
  • And also the ambitious FALCON project for the development of a road train of the future, with significantly lower fuel and energy consumption in partnership with and project managed by the Renault Trucks Group.

Service

The quality of service provided by the extensive, unequalled network of FRUEHAUF Service Centres is a major asset.

With the ServicePro software, FRUEHAUF Service Centres throughout Europe can easily go online to identify and order spare parts for vehicles produced in the last 20 years. They provide a quality professional, local service for customers and users.

FRUEHAUF also provides additional services : FINANCING of new vehicles and sale of SECOND-HAND VEHICLES.

WOMEN / MEN EQUALITY INDEX

As part of the “Law of the Freedom to choose our professional future” of September 5, 2018 aimed at combating professional inequalities ; companies with more than 50 employees must calculate and publish their Women/Men Equality Index.

What does this index consist of ?

The index assesses professional equality between women and men within companies in the form of a global score out of 100 points, which each company calculates from the following 5 indicators:

  • Pay gap between women and men (38 points)
  • Gap in the proportion of women and men increased (20 points)
  • Gap in the proportion of women and men promoted (15 points)
  • Percentage of employees increased on their return from maternity leave (not calculable for 2020)
  • Number of employees of the under-represented sex in the 10 highest paid (0 points)

Below the 75 point threshold, the company must define and implement corrective measures within three years.

What are the results of FRUEHAUF ?

For the 2020 period, Fruehauf SAS calculated its Women/Men Equality index and obtained a score of 86 points out of 100.
These results reflect Fruehauf’s commitment and efforts in favor of equality between women and men.

THE WIELTON GROUP

FRUEHAUF benefits from the power of the European WIELTON Group to which it belongs.

Through the sales networks of the various subsidiaries of the Group, WIELTON in Poland, LANGENDORF in Germany, LAUWRENCE DAVID in England, VIBERTI in Italy and WIELTON AFRICA in West Africa, FRUEHAUF products manufactured in France in Auxerre are distributed throughout Europe and Africa.