KN Drinks in giant Stralis order

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KN Drinks Logistics, part of Kuehne + Nagel, is taking delivery of 164 Iveco Stralis Active Time tractor units to complete the single largest Stralis order ever placed by a customer in the UK.

KN Drinks Logistics is using the vehicles for the dedicated bulk movement of beverages from production sites to the company’s five regional distribution centres, as well as to large multiple retail customers. They will operate in conjunction with a mix of 13.6m tri-axle curtainside trailers and 9m tri-axle skeletal trailers.

Additionally, each vehicle has been specified to include alloy wheels and a MiX telematics system which connects through Iveco’s on-board Fleet Management System interface.

Supplied by Iveco Capital on a three year contract which includes full repair and maintenance, the Stralis AT440S45TX/P 6×2 twin-steer tractor units are plated at 44 tonnes and replace 149 similar models which were supplied by Iveco in 2006.

Trevor Hewitt, group fleet engineer at Kuehne + Nagel, said: “Our first Stralis order three years ago followed an extensive evaluation of vehicles from a number of different manufacturers. The decision to replace like-for-like follows the proven performance of the vehicles in our fleet, combined with the competitive whole-life costs of the Stralis across the three year contract.”

The new fleet will be serviced by Iveco’s dealer network, with each vehicle expected to cover up to 120,000 miles a year while on the road six days a week.

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