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Lawsons makes all the right noises to win award

Lawsons has picked up an award for using a battery-powered HIAB X-HiPro 142 loader crane in residential areas.

As more UK councils strive to tackle noise pollution and traffic flows, particularly in residential areas, timber and builders’ merchants Lawsons is leading the way in effective solutions.

So much so, that their efforts were applauded recently as being the ‘best in industry’.

The family-run merchant is showing how protecting the environment and reducing noise levels can work hand-in-hand with increased productivity.

Using a 26-tonne Iveco Eco Truck equipped with a Hiab X-HiPro 142 loader crane and powered by Hiab’s zero-emission ultra-quiet ePTO solution, Lawsons was awarded the ‘Silent Approach’ title at the John Connell Awards, presented by the Noise Abatement Society.

Best practice to reduce noise 

The Silent Approach award rewards significant advances in industry awareness and best practice to reduce noise from operations and logistics.

Lawsons has a fleet of more than 90 commercial vehicles operating from 17 branches in-and-around London and operating from the company’s Camden depot the Eco Truck regularly delivers building materials into sensitive urban zones.

David Harvey, the projects manager for Lawsons, said: “The reality is that, as builders’ merchants, we have a responsibility to not only reduce our emissions but also protect local communities. 

“This is not just about falling in line with council policies, but about doing the right thing. 

“The Eco Truck has enabled us to do just that and at no cost to our productivity levels. Our hope now is that other companies will see the benefits and follow our approach.”

Eco Truck has a 7.8-litre natural gas engine

The Eco Truck has a 7.8-litre natural gas engine producing 70% less NOx than its diesel equivalent, 99% fewer particulates and up to 15% less CO2. 

Its gas engine is also 50% quieter than an equivalent diesel, and the Hiab crane is powered via a battery-pack providing near-silent operation.

It is the third time Hiab products have won national recognition at the John Connell Awards; winning the Technology Award for the electric MOFFETT truck-mounted forklift in 2012, and in 2018, a Quiet Logistics accolade for the benefits achieved when Hiab’s customer Pets at Home switched to a fleet of electric MOFFETTs.

‘Changing and challenging circumstances’

John Bailey, the director of international key accounts at Hiab, said: “Lawsons are a prime example of a company who have taken changing and challenging circumstances and used them as a positive for their operations. 

“The need to reduce both noise and emissions is here to stay, yet solutions exist that ensure such considerations do not come at the expense of performance and productivity.”

He added: “Hiab is proud to have again been recognised for our ground-breaking work in partnership with forward-thinking customers.”

Gloria Elliott, the chief executive of the Noise Abatement Society, said: “NAS applauds Lawsons for setting a high standard for quiet heavy load delivery equipment as part of a customer and resident, and indeed driver, care programme – a great example for other companies to follow.”

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