The eight new FE rigids join a fleet of 17 Volvo FH tractor units at Euro Packaging UK Ltd.'s headquarters and were all supplied by Dan Byworth, Truck Sales Executive at Hartshorne Motor Services Ltd.
The quartet of 26-tonne Volvo FEs are powered by D8K Euro-6 engines rated at 320hp, whilst the four remaining Volvo FE 4x2 rigids, operating at 18-tonnes, are fitted with 250hp versions of Volvo's D8K power plant. Sleeper cabs and Volvo's award-winning I-Shift 12-speed, automated transmission systems were also selected for the group.
The FE chassis all come with front steel, rear air-suspended, 5,800mm wheelbase chassis and curtainside bodywork by Fred Smith & Sons (Motor Bodies) Limited in Walsall.
Euro Packaging UK Ltd opted for five-year Volvo Gold Service Contracts that guarantee 100 per cent uptime; a commitment that is made possible by a telematics gateway.
The company is also using Volvo's fleet management system, Dynafleet to gain precise data on vehicle and driver status.
"We are deploying the new Volvo FEs on long distance deliveries, nationwide," notes Rob Solloway, Transport Manager at Euro Packaging UK Ltd., adding, "Our operation combines own group work alongside hire and reward jobs. Volvo trucks represent good value for money and they are the right tools for the job. Hartshorne Motor Services Ltd in Erdington, Birmingham are our nearest Volvo trucks dealerpoint and we have an effective working partnership them."