Felixstowe-based LM Logistics has added the first new generation Mercedes Actros trucks to its fleet – a pair of 26-tonne Actros 2532L rigids.
The Actros is the reigning International Truck of the Year. LM’s trucks are fitted with 1.5-tonne tuckaway tail lifts and nine-metre curtainside bodies, by Belle Coachworks of Lowestoft. These have a nearside-to-offside overlap on the double rear doors, allowing for opening of a single door at the kerbside, to improve safety and convenience for both driver and customer where access to delivery points is difficult.
LM Logistics was a division of German forwarding company Lehnkering until 2004 when it was the subject of a management buyout led by Tony Barnes, now managing director.
Since then the operation has grown rapidly, acquiring the business of Verbrugge UK and specialist container transporter Syntex Logistics on the way. It now runs two of the largest warehouses in Felixstowe, totalling 310,000 sq ft. The company operates a fleet of 60 vehicles across its Distribution, Home Delivery and 28 Syntex Logistics container haulage divisions.
One of the new trucks runs in LM Logistics’ own livery, the other in the colours of international freight handler DB Schenker – the German-based company is one of LM’s principal customers.
The engines drive through new Mercedes PowerShift 2 automated transmissions – the new Actros truck range is the first to be fitted with two-pedal systems as standard equipment.