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We are a fully Irish owned, family run business in operation over 48 years.


Founded in 1973, the company has grown year on year, with the continuous development of new products, materials and processes.

MINIMISING TRAFFIC/USE OF VEHICLES

Munster Joinery acknowledges the environmental impacts of transportation and our business is by its’ nature and its’ location is transport intensive. 

For this reason we have taken the time to measure and monitor key performance indices around fuel usage and mileage. This data is evaluated to identify and adopt transport strategies to reduce emissions and fuel consumption.

We optimise our route planning to ensure effective use of transport resources. Our training plan for 2021 includes Eco driving awareness for drivers.  This will help them make common sense changes in driving techniques which could deliver significant fuel savings. This promises to be a cost-effective way of improving vehicle fuel economy and reducing CO2 emissions. Available data shows a general fuel saving after eco-driving training of  of 6.3% on average.  Drivers are encouraged to change their behaviour in relation to average and maximum RPM, average and maximum speed, aggressive acceleration/deceleration.

We have commissioned the installation of the first EV fast chargers on site with a powerful 50KW charging capacity

TEARDROP TRAILERS

We have begun to test electric vehicles as part of the fleet with a view to identifying functions within the organisation where this could be rolled out in the next replacement cycle. As the range and type of such vehicles extends we would hope to be able to increase the proportion of the fleet using electric vehicles ongoing. This new form of technology also introduces the problems of introducing a workplace charging infrastructure. With this in mind we have commissioned the installation of the first EV fast chargers on site with a powerful 50KW charging capacity.


We have begun the roll out of teardrop trailers across our fleet of HGVs with two currently in service. These trailers are aerodynamically shaped with a curved-roof.  When used with a compatibly designed tractor unit this contributes greatly to greater fuel efficiency. The curved shape of the roof decreases aerodynamic drag by smoothing airflow over the top. The gap between tractor and trailer is also minimised reducing turbulence created by air flowing into the gap. The manufacturers claim as much as 11.3% saving in fuel consumption. While in service data is more conservative, a saving of 5% on long haul operation is reported.

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