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18 BULKDISTRIBUTOR Road Tankers May/June 2016 It’s all about manoeuvrability I n a joint initiative with specialist bulk discharge and tanker builder HDE, North-West England and North Wales Volvo dealer Thomas Hardie Commercials has put a new Volvo FE 6x2 rear-steer fuel tanker demonstrator on the road. With its compact width and height dimensions and wall-to-w all turning circle of 16.01m - for the 4.1m wheelbase, the Volvo FE-320 rear-steer rigid chassis 6x2 configuration is claimed to be ideal for urban or rural deliveries. The ADR specification was line fitted. Plated for 26 tonnes GVW, the Volvo FE-320 rigid chassis, which features a low step entry cab, is equipped with a hydraulicallysteered tag-axle and 12-speed AT2412E I-Shift automated gearbox with fuel and economy software. Power is provided via the Volvo D8K, 8-litre engine rated at 320hp. The 3:70:1 ratio Volvo RS1344C single-reduction rear axle has a design rating of 44tonne GCW and is fitted with a diff lock. An 8-tonne front axle is standard and the cab is equipped with an additional, lower window on the nearside to aid visibility of vulnerable road users. Unladen weight of the 4.1m wheelbase chassis is 7,543 kg, ensuring a competitive 18,457 kg body/payload allowance. Mounted on the FE chassis, is a 19,000 litre capacity, fourcompartment rigid tanker, which was assembled in the UK by HDE Ltd in Castleford, Yorkshire, on behalf of Cobo UK Ltd. HDE also carried out the full ‘pet reg’ Safe Load Pass conversion. Using Cobo’s new SKD, modular design, the tank offers advantages in terms of ease of installation, a reduction in maintenance and repair costs and hence reduces life-time costs. The tanker is equipped with the latest New Truck III Checkmate discharge equipment from Alpeco, including its ACT-Clear feature. The vehicle is supported by Thomas Hardie Commercials network of six workshops in Liverpool, Manchester, Chorley, Middlewich, Preston and Deeside. Thomas Hardie Commercials has put a new FE 6x2 rearsteer fuel tanker demonstrator on the road Meanwhile, Volvo UK has also landed a couple of significant tractor orders from bulk distribution specialists. Twelve new Volvo FM tractor units are being bought by Brenntag UK & Ireland. According to Brenntag’s UK & Ireland operations director Fred Worle, Volvo’s reputation for safety and the manufacturer’s environmental credentials, together with the level of ongoing Twelve new FM tractor units have joined the fleet of Brenntag UK & Ireland support from dealer Thomas Hardie Commercials, were key to the decision to place the order for Globetrotter cabbed, FM-460, 6x2 tractor units with the company. “Safety is our foundation principle,” explained Worle. “We are constantly considering ways how to contribute towards greater sustainability in all industries and applications we serve and striving to minimise the ecological impact of our business activities. Logistics is a big part of what we do, so sustainability is a very important factor. Volvo’s core values in the areas of safety and environmental care align with those of Brenntag UK & Ireland, which helped influence our purchase of these 12 tractor units.” “Other key factors in placing this order,” said Worle, “were that, in our opinion, Volvo offered value for money and the fact that we have had a positive experience of service and serviceability with the existing fleet of Volvo trucks. Our relationship with Thomas Hardie was also an important factor.” Brenntag UK & Ireland employs nearly 900 people at 22 strategic sites and three sea-fed facilities. The company serves over 20,000 customer accounts nationwide. The Brenntag subsidiary operates a fleet of 100 trucks, of which approximately 50 per cent are Volvo. The new FMs provide traction for a variety of road barrels that carry bulk liquid chemicals for use in just about every market sector. They also service Brenntag UK & Ireland’s distribution sites, where product is diluted, packed and distributed. Although they are mainly based at Brenntag UK & Ireland operating centres in North West England, they have a UK nationwide operational brief, added Worle. Occasional international work is also undertaken and each truck will cover in the region of 140,000 km each year. While a number of the vehicles are double-shifted, all work with a variety of road tanker trailers. BULKDISTRIBUTOR Est. 1990 HAVE YOU SEEN OUR WEBSITE? Bulk Distributor’s website is regularly updated with the latest news, analysis, product reviews, exclusive interviews and industry events. Since 1985, Boasso America has been the U.S. leader in providing Depot and Transportation services to an ever-growing 20’ ISO Tank Container industry. An American Chemistry Council “Partner Member”, offering a full scope of services at 10 Terminal Locations, we remain dedicated to providing the ultimate customer experience. 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