Friday, June 10, 2011

New Truck and Trailer Purchases for Two UK Haulage Operators

Schmitz Cargobull and Mercedes Make Sales
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UK – Two family-based UK road freight operators have announced that despite tough conditions in the haulage industry they are continuing to expand their respective fleets and equipment assets with new purchases.

Melton Mowbray-based S&J European Haulage has added three new Schmitz Cargobull curtainsider trailers to its fleet. One of the new vehicles will be dedicated to work carried out by S&J for the Palletforce pallet network and has been liveried in the network’s colours and fitted with a tail lift to assist with deliveries.

“We have been a part of the Palletforce network for several years and felt that it would be good to have the Palletforce colours emblazoned on the vehicle. The new trailer will mostly be used for day time drops so people will certainly notice it,” said S&J European’s Managing Director, Steve Haines.

All three trailers have been specified with front and rear lifting axles which remain raised if the trailer is running below fully laden. Built-in sensors prompt the front and/or rear axles to drop down as more weight is added. This feature ensures that the load is evenly distributed over the optimum number of axles.

As the front and rear-lifting axles remain raised unless the weight of the load demands they are lowered, rolling resistance is dramatically reduced when lighter loads are in transit. As a result S&J European have noticed that they are making considerable fuel savings with the new trailers.

“Because we have seldom had to have all three axles down, rolling resistance has been minimised and we are achieving significant fuel efficiency benefits, as well as savings on tyre wear,” Haines added.

Meanwhile, Boston-base Benton Brothers have taken delivery of 27 Mercedes Actros 2544 tractor units. The purchase means that over half of Benton’s 108-strong fleet is now composed of Mercedes trucks, despite the company only making it first buy from the maker five years ago.

Managing Director Martin Benton said: “We have continued to enjoy excellent performance from the vehicles and the dealer ever since, which explains why Mercedes-Benz has steadily grown its share of our fleet. Fuel economy and driver appeal are the most important criteria when we come to purchase new vehicles and the Actros scores highly on both counts".

Benton Brothers was founded in 1908 and now specialises in general haulage work, delivering containers and palletised loads all over the UK, with the Actros proving perfect for their work.

“It has proved consistently economical and reliable, while the flat-floored MegaSpace cabs are very popular with our drivers. They may be away from home for up to four nights per week so appreciate being able to move around in comfort, as well as all of the extra storage space,” Benton explained.