Lafarge adds more MAN trucks to cement fleet mix02 March 2011
Cement and building materials producer Lafarge has taken delivery of 29 new MAN TGX 24.440BLS 6x2 tractor units, with 'L' sleeper cabs – chosen for their low running costs, and high uptime and payload.
The trucks operate at 44 tonnes gcw, and Lafarge transport manager Andrew Brodley says that MAN's EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) technology offers payload benefit you just can't get with alternative SCR (selective catalytic reduction) trucks, using AdBlue.
The MAN contingent at Lafarge's cement fleet now numbers more than 40%, with a further 20 MAN trucks having already been in operation for the last 18 months.
"Based on running costs, vehicle uptime and driver acceptance, the MANs led the initial replacement programme and have performed well ever since," comments Brodley.
"Payload is critical for us, and the saving of almost a quarter of a tonne per truck with MAN's EGR engines equates to a productivity increase and reduction in CO2 emissions," he explains.
"The transition for drivers and staff onto the MAN product was seamless," continues Brodley. "We used the MAN Profi-Drive driver training programme and the results have been very positive."
MAN Truck & Bus UK Ltd
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