Fuel trials lead to 300 Scania trucks order 08 June 2012

Independent transport operator Gregory Distribution has declared Scania its preferred supplier, following detailed comparative fuel trials involving vehicles from four truck manufacturers.

Three hundred Scania trucks are now set to be delivered to the North Tawton, Devon-based operator over the coming three years. Equating to the replacement of two-thirds of the company's fleet, the bulk of these trucks will be delivered during this year and 2013.

Given the operator's involvement in several industries, the order comprises a mix of trucks. For its general haulage operations, two tractor unit types – the R 420 LA6x2MNA tag axle and the R 420 LA6x2/2 pusher axle, both with Scania Highline cab – have been chosen.
For milk collection, the firm has specified highly manoeuvrable P 420 LB8x2*6HNA rear-steer rigids.

Meanwhile, given its presence in the environmental sector, Gregory Distribution has also opted for R 420 CA6x4MHZ double-drive tractors to haul the company's fleet of ejector and walking floor trailers. Completing the line-up day-cabbed P 420 LA 6x2MNA tractors and P 280 DB6x2MNA rigids with curtainsider bodies, both of which will be used on Gregory's distribution operations.

Scania's two year repair and maintenance support programme has been taken for all vehicles based away from the company's main operating centre in Cullompton, Devon. As part of the arrangement, Scania has also been awarded a contract to maintain outbased trailers. "We are delighted to be re-fleeting with Scania," comments John Gregory, chief executive of Gregory Distribution.

"While we already have plenty of experience operating the marque, before embarking upon such a major order we considered it necessary to undertake trials to determine the performance of the company's current product range on our operations today," he continues.

"The results were extremely encouraging and this, backed with factors such as driver appeal and the extensive range of maintenance services offered by Scania around the country, were instrumental in securing this deal," adds Gregory.

Brian Tinham

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