How it started

25 Years Krone Cool Liner

Premium refrigerated trailers since 1996

In the mid-1990s, when opening up new markets and expanding its product portfolio, Krone also intensively looked at refrigerated and box trailers, which were still missing in its own product range. The starting point for the programme expansion was in 1996, when Krone introduced the first refrigerated trailer under the product name "Krone-Wabash". The background was a cooperation with the world's largest trailer manufacturer Wabash from Lafayette, Indiana (USA), who supplied the refrigerated boxes to Germany.

When imports were no longer profitable due to negative exchange rate developments caused by an increasingly strong dollar, Krone took over the leading Scandinavian manufacturer Norfrig A/S from Denmark, including nearly 200 employees, in April 2000. The factory in Hvam was expanded and modernised with investments of more than 7 million euros, increasing capacity to 3,000 units per year by 2004 and more than quadrupling turnover. Krone was very quick to successfully market the Cool Liners with GRP top layers throughout Europe via its distribution network. .

Expansion of capacity and focus on steel top layers

Due to the increasing international demand for Krone Cool Liners and the limited capacity of 3,000 units in Hvam, Denmark, Krone decided to build a completely new production line in Lübtheen, Germany. In 2007, the world's most modern, fully automated refrigerated semi-trailer production facility in steel deck design was built here. With an annual capacity of approx. 10,000 units, the production volume has been tripled. The refrigerated semi-trailer from Lübtheen proved to be a sustainable success and unit numbers increased year after year. Since 2016, the plant in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern has been part of the Krone Nutzfahrzeug Group as a result of the merger of several companies.

The proven concept of the versatile refrigerated trailer has been continuously developed technologically. In 2014, Krone also introduced the new Krone Trailer axle for the Cool Liner, which quickly became very popular due to its minimal life cycle costs. 2016 saw the launch of the new, particularly lightweight Isowall plus, which can be moved in the load compartment to flexibly transport refrigerated goods at different temperatures. At the IAA 2018, the Cool Liner presented itself "cool and smart" in a double-decker version including many intelligent telematics features. In the following year, 2019, Krone presented the new "Celsineo" refrigeration unit as a technological highlight for the Cool Liner - an innovative, modular refrigeration unit in cooperation with Liebherr.

"25-Years Edition" for the anniversary

In the anniversary year 2021, the current Cool Liner comes with numerous updates such as standard equipment with Krone Telematics, an innovative lighting concept, a new optimised door seal, the redesigned rebound plate, a new impact protection kit and comprehensive additional equipment. To mark the anniversary of the Cool Liner, Krone is launching an exclusively labelled "25-Years-Edition" - with a comprehensive equipment package at attractive conditions.

The Krone-Wabash
The Krone-Wabash

In 1996, Krone introduced the first refrigerated trailer under the product name "Krone-Wabash".

The factory in Hvam, Denmark
The factory in Hvam, Denmark

The factory in Hvam, Denmark, was taken over from the Scandinavian manufacturer Norfrig A/S in April 2000. The factory was expanded and modernised with investments of more than 7 million euros, so that capacity was increased to 3,000 units per year by 2004 and turnover more than quadrupled. Krone was very quick to successfully market the Cool Liners with GRP top layers throughout Europe via its distribution network.

Opening of Lübtheen plant
Opening of Lübtheen plant

Due to the increasing international demand for Krone Cool Liners and the limited capacity of 3,000 units in Hvam, Denmark, Krone decided to build a completely new production line in Lübtheen, Mecklenburg. In 2007, the world's most modern, fully automated production facility for refrigerated semi-trailers in steel deck design was built here.

More than 90 % DUOPLEX STEEL
More than 90 % DUOPLEX STEEL

The refrigerated trailer from Lübtheen proved to be a sustainable success and the number of units increased year after year. More than 90 % of the reefer trailers in the 2012/2013 business year came from the Duoplex-Steel series and thus from the plant in Lübtheen. Since 2016, the plant in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern has been part of the Krone Commercial Vehicle Group as a result of the merger of several companies.

Cool Liner with Krone Trailer Axle
Cool Liner with Krone Trailer Axle

The proven concept of the versatile refrigerated trailer has been continuously developed technologically. In 2014, Krone also introduced the new Krone Trailer axle for the Cool Liner, which quickly became very popular due to its minimal life cycle costs.

New Krone Isowall
New Krone Isowall

2016 saw the launch of the new, particularly lightweight Isowall plus, which can be moved in the load compartment to flexibly transport refrigerated goods at different temperatures.

Krone Smart Features
Krone Smart Features

At the IAA 2018, the Cool Liner presented itself "cool and smart" in a double-decker version including many intelligent telematics features.

Celsineo - a brand of Liebherr and Krone
Celsineo - a brand of Liebherr and Krone

In the following year, 2019, Krone presented the new "Celsineo" refrigeration unit as a technological highlight for the Cool Liner - an innovative, modular refrigeration unit in cooperation with Liebherr.

KRONE 25-Years-Edition
KRONE 25-Years-Edition

To mark the 25th anniversary of the Cool Liner, Krone is launching an exclusively labelled "25-Years-Edition" - with an extensive equipment package at attractive conditions.