Panther Logistics has ordered 22 new MAN TGL 7.5-tonne trucks to support an increase in demand for its two-man delivery service.
The company, which was recently acquired by AIT Worldwide Logistics, has invested £1.1 million into the new vehicles.
A further order of 35 new MAN tractor units are set to join the Panther Logistics’ fleet later this year. The company has operated MAN vehicles for the last five years.
Guy Burgess, logistics director at Panther Logistics, said: “Ensuring that we are able to provide the best service possible, is an integral part of Panther’s long standing ethos. In order to facilitate this pledge, the need to scale up our fleet has grown with the company, especially over the course of the pandemic.
“As consumers, have spent more time at home, driving up the demand for non-essential items, Panther has looked to find ways to support growth, build sustainability and improve customer experience in order to sufficiently cater to this unprecedented spike.
“This investment will company’s continued growth and help meet increased demand as consumer buying habits continue to shift towards online purchasing.”
The new 7.5 tonne TGLs are fitted with forward, rear and side facing live cameras, and also come with playback in order to improve accident management and ensure optimal safety.
The vehicles, which will bear Panther’s new livery, will be split across five main sites: Gateshead, Preston, Northampton, Warrington, and Castleford.