Mercedes-Benz has extended its contract with Brit European to be the British link of a supply chain for all heavy truck and Sprinter and Vario van models, that stretches from the manufacturer’s factories in Germany to its dealers and bodybuilders in the UK.
New vehicles are transported from the manufacturer’s factories down the River Rhine on barges and shipped across the North Sea. The ships dock at either Purfleet or Killingholme, depending on whether their cargoes are headed for final destinations to the north or south of Birmingham. Brit European is responsible for the final leg of the journey.
Richard Broomfield, vehicle logistics manager for Mercedes-Benz UK, said: “Our system of moving trucks and vans across Europe is designed to minimise carbon emissions and widely recognised for its extremely high ‘green’ standard.”
Brit European has marked the new three year deal by taking delivery of two 460hp Actros 2546 tractor units.
The new trucks are working on the Mercedes-Benz vehicle logistics contract but, because they are equipped to full ADR specification, are also used to haul road tanks for Brit European’s bulk chemicals division.