Road tanker specialist Abbey Logistics Group has taken delivery of 28 Mercedes-Benz Actros tractor units.
The vehicles are the operator’s first Mercedes-Benz trucks and feature small-wheeled (17.5-inch) mid-lift axles which save around 300kg compared to the standard version with 22.5-inch wheels, while also freeing up space on the chassis.
Operating throughout the UK and Europe, Abbey Logistics provides haulage and logistics services covering bulk liquids and powders for customers across a wide variety of sectors.
Most of its new trucks are now distributing cement regionally for Tarmac in Scotland, although 11 deliver flour from a Hovis mill in Wellingborough to bakeries in the midlands and south.
Abbey Logistics runs a fleet of 400 tractor units and 550 liquid and powder tank trailers.
Dave Boden, head of fleet, said: “The introduction of our first Mercedes-Benz trucks has gone very smoothly.
“The Actros is proving economical in both applications, and has not presented us with any reliability issues, while its competitive weight helps us realise payload benefits.
“Importantly, the feedback from our drivers has been very positive – they really appreciate the smoothness of the truck’s driveline, as well as its comfortable, well equipped cab, and all-round quality. The Actros also look great in our livery, and have a real presence on the road.”
The trucks have been supplied by Intercounty Truck & Van, which also put together an aftersales package based on five-year Complete Service Contracts.