The Co-operative Food Supply Chain has chosen Scania to provide new fleet vehicles and all associated service at its new composite distribution centre for Scotland.
The site a Newhouse will be the operating base for 32 Scania 18-tonners and will have a five-bay workshop which will ultimately maintain approximately 350 items of equipment and provide employment for up to 12 Scania-trained staff.
CFSC’s group transport manager, Ken Thompson said: “One of the reasons we have appointed Scania to operate the Newhouse vehicle maintenance unit is that should we require to extend the working life of the vehicles in our fleet, we know Scania can help us achieve that.
“Experience tells us we can also expect excellent first time MOT pass rates, and Scania’s ability to maintain all ancillary equipment such as fridges and tail-lifts means all services are available to us from a single supplier, which simplifies matters and reduces our administrative workload considerably.”
The 18-tonners are 230 horsepower Scania P 230 DB4x2MNA models with dual-compartment bodies for composite deliveries of chilled, frozen and ambient products.
Scania will be responsible for a total of 60 rigid vehicles and 92 tractor units. In addition to the vehicles themselves, the rigids are equipped with tail-lifts and refrigeration units, all of which are included in the agreement. The tractor units haul a total of 190 trailers, of which 48 are ambient with the remainder being either double-deck or multi-compartment refrigerated trailers.