The BDF System
The fledgling stages of the modern BDF systems can be found in the early 1950s. The first transport companies began to develop interchangeable bodies (swap bodies) in order to use bodies that were available for road, rail and sea transport at the same time.
In the 1970s, the transport industry was looking for ways to speed up the handling of goods. In addition to Deutsche Post, the driving force behind this development, other freight forwarders and vehicle manufacturers, who were also working on fully air-suspended chassis, were also involved. This was the birth of the BDF swap body, whose great advantage was the compatibility and the reduction of downtimes of the vehicles used. The days of swap bodies being changed with the help of a crane or special forklift trucks were over.