Owens Group has revealed that it is to replace 90% of its trucks operating out of its Carrington site in Greater Manchester with Volvo FH 460 Globetrotter tractor units.
The new vehicles will be delivered in three tranches over the next nine months, as part of a landmark deal cementing the customer’s first Volvo order since 2005.
The company is Wales’ largest family-owned independent logistics, warehousing, pallet network and express delivery company and the 60-strong fleet will be supplied by Thomas Hardie Commercials – who supplied a ‘seed’ truck which was compared against equivalent models from two rival marques.
The Volvo FH 460 Globetrotter tractor units achieved an impressive 11.4 mpg average with the firm’s drivers.
‘We never buy a truck until the product has proven itself’
Andy Williams, the head of fleet and compliance at Owens Group, said: “We never buy a truck until the product has proven itself within our operation and with our drivers.
“Thomas Hardie Commercials had full faith in the FH to deliver, and it didn’t disappoint – coming out top on fuel and getting a great reception from our drivers in the process.”
He added: “From day one, the whole team at Thomas Hardie demonstrated a strong desire to win our business and build a long-term relationship, investing a lot of time to tailor a truly premium-spec new fleet.
“It’s exciting to see the first new trucks entering service, and we are confident they will help us to attract and retain the very best drivers.”
New fleet of Volvo FH trucks
The new fleet of Volvo FH trucks comes with three comprehensive option packs adding an array of highly desirable features including full electronic air conditioning, a cab parking heater, dimmable interior lighting and a 33-litre under-bunk fridge-freezer.
The drivers will also benefit from twin armrests, additional dashboard storage, a generous 245 litres of rear cab upper storage, bottle holders in the driving and living space, a fixed lower bunk with a wide middle section, ultra-comfy 40mm thick mattress topper and a luxury sleeper control panel.
For maximum efficiency, Volvo’s I-See predictive cruise control enables the truck to use map-based topographical information to manage speed and gear changes in the most fuel-efficient way, helping to drive down fuel consumption.
Fleet uptime is also maximised thanks to a comprehensive Volvo Gold Contract for each truck, which includes all preventative maintenance and repairs – with routine service work to be carried out at Thomas Hardie Commercial’s modern Trafford Park facility.
Join their fleet of 500 vehicles
The new trucks are being vinyl wrapped in their striking livery by Owens Group’s in-house team and will join their fleet of 500 vehicles and 850 trailers.
The fleet of Volvo FH trucks will be used for general haulage across the UK, providing reliable first-class service to a long list of Owens Group’s blue-chip customers.