Tuesday 25th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Refrigerated fleet enhances service levels Fuel economy is the deciding factor

Castle Cement, the UK arm of the HeidelbergCement Group, has taken delivery of three new I-Shift equipped Volvo FM12 tractor units, following a three-month trial which closely monitored fuel performance.

“We decided to add the three Volvos to our fleet after the trial vehicle with the automated I-Shift ‘box performed very well in terms of fuel economy,” says Castle Cement national fleet manager Barry Hoole. “The feedback we had from the drivers was also good.”

Plated for 44 tonne GCW operation, the 6×2 420bhp artics feature Globetrotter cabs, including electronic climate control and CD players. They are on a four-year lease and will be maintained by Castle Cement.

Based at the company’s Padeswood cement works in north Wales, the trucks are being used to transport cement powder across the UK using 40cu m capacity Feldbinder tanker trailers.Hospitality foodservice company Eurest has updated its airside vehicle requirements at Heathrow and Gatwick airports by adding 16 new distribution vehicles and which all feature GRP refrigerated van conversions and Carrier Transicold Xarios 150 refrigeration systems.

The new vehicles, comprising 11 Citroen Berlingo vans and five Iveco HR Daily vans, are being used by Eurest on vending routes and for delivering chilled food products to British Airways staff catering facilities and BA lounges at both airports.

It is the first time that Eurest has operated vehicles with GRP refrigerated bodywork for the contract. Eurest’s Karen Tate comments: “The vehicles are proving to be excellent in operation, enhancing the level of service from Eurest to the various BA airside locations.”