Fuso Canters drive growth for Chelmsford Plastic Warehouse 25 November 2021

Builders’ merchant Chelmsford Plastic Warehouse bought its first FUSO Canter in 2017, and since then has never wavered in its loyalty to the ruggedly reliable light truck. The service-led company runs a fleet of eight 3.5-tonne Canters – six work from its headquarters in Chelmsford, Essex, while the remaining couple are based at its branch in Benfleet.

The latest has just been delivered by Motus Truck & Van. The dealer sells and supports Mercedes-Benz as well as FUSO trucks – both brands are part of the Daimler Truck family – and will also be supplying Chelmsford Plastic Warehouse with another Canter next spring.

The operator’s new 3C13 variant is powered by a fuel-efficient 3.0-litre common-rail turbodiesel that produces 128bhp and 300Nm of torque at 1,300-3,000 rpm, and drives through a five-speed manual gearbox. Its body is the work of KMR Engineering, of Hadleigh, Ipswich.

Established in 2003, Chelmsford Plastic Warehouse specialised initially in plastic products such as fascias, soffits and guttering but has since expanded its range.

Finance Manager Sandra Garratt recalled: “We were running another type of vehicle prior to 2017, but then we bought our first Canter and have never looked back. It’s a better truck all round, and a lot more reliable, as well as being great value – for the money you get a really good truck.

“We work our vehicles hard,” she continued. “They venture regularly onto rough building sites to make their deliveries, and come in for plenty of abuse. But experience has shown that over a three- or four-year life the Canters stand up to the punishment really well.”

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