General news about the trucking industry

Chippindale Plant acquires four new Isuzu trucks

Chippindale Plant, a family-run company that has recently been acquired by AER Group, has taken delivery of four new Isuzu trucks over the past 12 months. The latest two replacement trucks are Isuzu Grafter N35.125 dropsides that are now working across the company’s eight depots in the North of England. Having taken their very first 7.5 tonne Isuzu way back in 2010 – and which is still in daily operation – Chippindale Plant now have thirteen Isuzus in their sixty-strong commercial vehicle fleet. Their fleet consists of 10 Isuzu Grafter 3.5 tonne trucks and three Isuzu 7.5 tonne rigids. ‘Isuzu trucks are strong and dependable’ Chippindale Plant’s operations director, Tony Atack, said: “We have found that the Isuzu trucks are strong and dependable wo...[Read More]

Radical Waste Group expands with funding from Unity Trust Bank

A former surveyor who was inspired to transform a skip hire business into a recycling and waste management facility after renovating his own home is expanding his operation thanks to a £1.8m refinance package from Unity Trust Bank. Julian Knights, who set up Radical Waste Group in 2015, has used the funding to consolidate the company’s debt, install 90kw solar panels on site and create new office space. He said: “When I was having building work done on my house, I realised a lot of the stuff in the skip had value. “I then watched a documentary about what we do with waste, and I became really interested in the subject.” Bought a skip hire company Mr Knights then carried out more research before leaving his job in commercial real estate and bought a skip hire company ...[Read More]

Moran Logistics saves 80% on fuel with Hultsteins’ Ecogen units

Temperature-controlled transport and warehousing specialist Moran Logistics has boosted sustainability for a key client by fitting Hultsteins’ Ecogen units to its gas-powered trucks. The company operates a pair of Scania tractor units, which run on CNG and are used to transport chilled produce from a national distribution centre to stores around the country, as part of a contract with a large retail customer.  Both the client and the operator were keen to improve sustainability, so Moran Logistics began investigating ways to render the transport refrigeration units (TRUs) more efficient last year. ‘Clear plan to achieve our net zero goals’ Moran Logistics’ managing director, Lee Graham, said: “We have a very clear plan to achieve our net zero goals and ha...[Read More]

Isuzu ramps up its UK truck operation

With Isuzu Truck UK (ITUK) now in a strong position after celebrating its 25th year in the country, the truck manufacturer is embarking on a programme of expansion. It will be based on boosting sales levels and dealer support. Isuzu’s managing director, Pete Murphy, said: “Following the conclusion of Brexit at the end of 2020, the supply of our product has become a much more streamlined process with the added benefit of the removal of previous volume restrictions.  “Our vehicles now come fully assembled direct from Isuzu Motors in Japan which will enable us to quickly expand new truck sales within those sectors in which we have built a strong reputation over the last 25 years.” Isuzu is forecasting a doubling of its sales In 2022, Isuzu is forecasting a doublin...[Read More]

Think Hire starts truck fleet with Volvo FH rigid

Renewable energy supplier Think Hire has put its first-ever truck on the road after taking delivery of a new crane-equipped Volvo FH 460 8×2 rear-steer rigid to help the business keep pace with growing demand. The FH will be used to deliver the company’s own range of solar generators, renewable power and site establishment products to its nationwide customer base. Supplied by Thomas Hardie Commercials, the new FH is mounted with a Fassi 710 crane and flatbed body, supplied and fitted by The Crane Centre, in Sandbach.  It is also equipped with VBG drawbar coupling for pulling a trailer when required. ‘Investment in our first truck’ Ian Potiatynyk, Think Hire’s head of contract delivery, said: “We are a relatively new company but have expanded quickly ...[Read More]

Northern Platforms signs up for a new Mercedes Atego

The dependable performance of its Mercedes trucks, coupled with positive feedback from their drivers, helps to keep Northern Platforms and Stagings at the top of its game. So, when the Aberdeenshire scaffolder needed another 7.5-tonner, its first call was to the manufacturer’s representative in the north of Scotland. The new Atego is the fourth that the Peterhead-based firm has purchased from BLS Truck and Van since the dealer’s appointment in 2018. Truck is an 816 variant with ClassicSpace S-cab Like its predecessors, the truck is an 816 variant with ClassicSpace S-cab and a 5.1-litre engine that produces 156 hp and is paired with a smooth and fuel-efficient Mercedes PowerShift 3 automated manual transmission.  Its platform body was built in Mirfield by Advance Commercial Bodie...[Read More]

Nobilia hails their ‘magnificent seven’ Mercedes Actros rigids

The seven Actros rigids are based at the 55,000 sq ft UK head office and distribution centre that Nobilia GB opened in 2018 in Rochdale. Supplied by Ciceley Commercials, they are the subject of a Mercedes-Benz Finance contract hire agreement under which routine inspections and maintenance are carried out at the dealer’s Bolton workshop. Nobilia, which also has an extensive showroom in Surrey Quays, East London, is committed to providing a comprehensive and seamless kitchen service to housebuilders, developers and other contract clients nationwide. Serving the UK’s contract kitchen sector for nearly 25 years Nobilia has been serving the UK’s contract kitchen sector for nearly 25 years and boasts a ‘blue chip’ client portfolio that includes the likes of Taylor W...[Read More]

Samworth Brothers take delivery of MAN TGX trucks

Leicestershire-based Samworth Brothers Supply Chain has taken delivery of their first batch of New Generation MAN TGX trucks. The tasty duo enters the fleet following the success of a demonstrator vehicle which impressed Samworth Brothers with its competitive fuel efficiency, impressive uptime record and the high amount of positive driver feedback. The latest additions to enter the temperature-controlled distribution specialist’s fleet are new generation TGX 26.470 6×2 tractors, featuring the popular GM cabs.  They have been supplied by MAN’s direct sales function, PDI, and preparation was carried out by MAN Truck & Bus Nuneaton. ‘Number of older generation MAN Trucks on the fleet’ Paul Marrow, the operations director at Samworth Brothers, said: “...[Read More]

Abbey Logistics tanker fleet is boosted with New Generation DAF XFs

Bulk powder and liquid specialist, Abbey Logistics, has taken delivery of seven New Generation DAF XF 450 FTP tractor units, as part of its ongoing fleet replenishment programme.  The new trucks continue the long-standing relationship between DAF Trucks and Abbey Logistics. Also joining the fleet are four previous generation DAF XFs. Abbey Logistics is the UK’s largest transport provider of bulk liquid and bulk powder food, and their new trucks will serve some of the UK’s and Europe’s key food producers.  They join an existing fleet of around 350 tractor units and nearly 700 purpose-designed tankers. ‘A successful fleet truck’ Dave Patten, the managing director at Abbey Logistics, said: “A successful fleet truck is one that our drivers will tak...[Read More]

Mullholland Contracts updates fleet with help from Andover Trailers

Civil engineering and groundworks firm, Mulholland Contracts, has taken delivery of a new bespoke-built plant body and step-frame trailer from Andover Trailers, maintaining a near 20-year relationship between the two companies. After initially specifying two very similar builds from Andover in 2004, these were replaced like-for-like in 2013, before that pair made way for this latest delivery.  The new plant body is mounted to a 26-tonne Volvo FM 380 6×2 chassis, and along with the triaxle, 60-tonne step frame trailer, join a Volvo FM 500 tractor unit and two MAN tippers in the company’s commercial vehicle fleet. ‘We received our first Andover builds’ Alan Bingham, of Mulholland Contracts, said: “As soon as we received our first Andover builds, we could see why ...[Read More]

Volvo showcases its new hydrogen-powered truck

Volvo Trucks has showcased its new zero-emissions truck that only emits water vapour, produces its own electricity onboard and has a range of up to 1,000 km (621 miles).  All of this is possible with fuel cells powered by hydrogen, and Volvo has started to test vehicles using this new technology. The firms says that its hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric trucks will be suitable for long distances and heavy, energy-demanding assignments. To decarbonise transport, Volvo already offers battery electric trucks and trucks that run on renewable fuels, such as biogas.  Later this decade, a third CO2-neutral option will be added to its product portfolio – fuel cell electric trucks powered by hydrogen. ‘We have been developing this technology’ The President of Volvo Trucks, Roger A...[Read More]

Scania launches electric solutions for regional transport

Scania has revealed the next step on its electrification journey with new battery electric trucks and a solutions-focused sales approach to encourage customers make the switch and electrify their regional operations. The new trucks come with an improved driveline, batteries and charging capability, and are available in R and S sleeper cabs and as a 4×2 tractor or as 6×2*4 rigid. Scania will also support customers by being their single point of contact, to guarantee the approach and implementation of any solution that suits their business and operations. ‘Introduction represents a major milestone for us’ Christian Levin, Scania’s chief executive, said: “This introduction represents a major milestone for us and for our partners. “We are now increasing ...[Read More]