Paul Greaves, logistics manager at Ultraframe, says it’s all about, driving down transportation costs and reducing emissions for the Lancashire-based conservatory roofing manufacturer.
The new tractor units, which are expected to cover 200,000 kilometres annually, were converted to dual-fuel LPG by Gvolution, and have already seen diesel usage drop by 20%, with projected carbon emission reductions of more than 10%.
Meanwhile, the new 15.65m LSTs, with their increased load space, allow Bibby Distribution to make fewer deliveries, so reducing road miles and hence further cutting carbon emissions and fuel consumption for Ultraframe.
They also have a lower deck and smaller wheels, allowing for a taller trailer running at the maximum legal height of 4.96m. That, says Greaves, increases capacity of 35%, meaning each LST can accommodate six stillages in the front of the trailer and seven in the rear – all carrying pre-fabricated roofs, roof components and non-standard freight.
“We have a long standing relationship with Bibby Distribution and one that has always been based on a shared approach to our business,” comments Greaves.
“The introduction of the LSTs and the LPG vehicles proves again the flexibility and collaborative nature of this relationship,” he continues.
“The new trailers have already delivered in terms of cost, efficiency and our green footprint.”
The introduction of the new trailers on a permanent basis follows the trial of a loaned LST, which was a shared resource borrowed from another part of Bibby Distribution’s fleet.
The LSTs were first introduced as part of the 10-year government trial in which Bibby Distribution is a core participant, operating 44 LSTs across the UK.
Ultraframe’s LSTs will operate on trunking routes from its depot in Clitheroe to distribution centres in Glasgow, Avonmouth and Biggleswade.