A long-standing relationship between Fraikin and a nationwide supplier of insulation and drywall systems has been strengthened with the delivery of five new high specification DAF curtainsiders.
Belgrade Insulations has signed a seven-year, full-service contract hire agreement which sees them receiving four 32-tonne, and one 26-tonne DAF CF rigid trucks join the company’s 43-strong mixed commercial vehicle fleet.
The increased load capacity of the 32-tonners was specified by the company to help expand its services.
Belgrade’s commercial director, Paul Khan, said: “We have trusted Fraikin with our fleet for 10 years now – it understands what we need from our vehicles and always works hard to deliver the best solution.
“We are known for being a forward-thinking business, and Fraikin supports this by introducing us to the latest technology whenever we’re looking at bringing in new vehicles, and the latest five are no different.”
Fitted with a full telematics package
The new additions are also all fitted with a full telematics package, an external camera system, a lower passenger door window to improve driver visibility and a rear-steering axle for better manoeuvrability.
These features ensure the fleet is ‘FORS Silver’ rated and London Direct Vision Standard compliant.
Plus, each rigid carries a truck-mounted forklift to facilitate easy loading and unloading in any location.
Fraikin now supplies 25 rigids on contract hire to Belgrade Insulations and with consistent monthly operating costs, the company is able to focus on its core business activities, with all vehicle repair, maintenance and servicing managed through Fraikin’s national network of workshops.
In addition, Belgrade Insulations can track and monitor the progress of any work through Fraikin’s online web portal, FraikinView.
Based at Belgrade Insulations’ branches
Three of the new assets will be based at Belgrade Insulations’ Glasgow, Birmingham and Northampton branches, with the remaining two in operation in Leeds.
The company also has depots in Portsmouth and London.
The trucks will be on the road five days a week and will transport insulation and drylining material to builders’ merchants and construction sites across the country.
To provide additional support to the business, Fraikin has retained some of Belgrade Insulations’ older assets, placing them into its national rental fleet to help ensure the company has access to suitable, additional vehicles if required.
Mr Khan said: “It’s great to know that thanks to Fraikin’s aftersales care, we have a contingency in place if we ever need to take an asset off the road – something that’s especially important with the current pressures on new vehicle supply.”
Rigid body design helps T. Quality
Meanwhile, national delivery service T. Quality has cited the strength of its long-standing working relationship with Fraikin as being key to the successful delivery of a project involving commercial vehicle bodybuilder Paneltex, 10 new trucks and an all-new design for the company’s traditional split-load rigid bodies.
The firm’s national logistics and safety manager at T. Quality, Graham Kay, said: “We knew we needed to address a number of issues with our existing truck design, so we turned to Fraikin to make that happen.
“With more than 20-years working together, I was confident they would find the perfect solution, and they didn’t disappoint.”
Of the 10 new assets, six represent replacements for older trucks – two supplied by Fraikin and four from a competitor – with the remaining new additions to the company’s 100-plus commercial vehicle fleet, of which Fraikin now supplies close to 60%.