KN Drinks Logistics has taken delivery of 149 Iveco Stralis Active Time tractors. The order from Blackwell-based Iveco dealer Sherwood Commercial, is thought to be the UK’s single largest order for a retail customer.
The new trucks will join KN Drinks’ fleet of 550 medium and heavy trucks and will be dedicated to the bulk movement of beverages from production sites to ten regional distribution centres, as well as to large multiple retail customers.
Ewan McGregor, regional operations director for KN Drinks Logistics, said: “We placed the order with Sherwood Commercial Vehicles following an extensive evaluation of vehicles from a number of different manufacturers.”
“The process saw each vehicle assessed in a number of key areas including whole life costs, economy and driver comfort, with the Stralis AT chosen as the vehicle best suited to our requirements. Iveco was set a kerbweight target of 7,900 kg per tractor unit which they beat by 100kg, providing a healthy payload advantage.”
The units will operate primarily with 13.6m tri-axle curtainside trailers, together with a small fleet of 12m tri-axle tankers. Each vehicle is expected to cover up to 120,000 miles a year and will be on the road between six and seven days a week.