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Acumen invests in five new tractor units for Johnson Controls contract

Acumen Distribution Ltd has invested in five new DAF XF105 tractor units for its long-term contract with Johnson Controls Automotive (UK) Ltd. Acquired through Widnes based Riverside Truck Rental, the new tractor units will be utilised as part of Acumen's Redditch outbound operation, delivering Johnson Control's seating systems to Land Rover in Solihull.

Working in partnership with Johnson Controls Automotive, Acumen's new tractor units will provide Just In Time (JIT) deliveries to Land Rover's manufacturing plant enabling the seating systems to be transported in sequence to match the production line build programme. Acquired from Riverside Truck Rental on a full maintenance contract hire agreement, the DAF 4×2 tractor units have been chosen for their reliability, low operating costs, fuel efficiency and Euro 5 emission levels.

The new trucks form part of an overall expansion and investment strategy by the Acumen Distribution, which has enjoyed a 120% increase in turnover over the last financial year. They are the first acquired by the company through Riverside Truck Rental, which has built its reputation by offering a unique combination of contract hire vehicles for both the commercial and municipal sectors.

This was an important factor for Acumen Distribution which in addition to its inbound automotive parts, also provides contract services for kerbside recycling collections, the transport of gases and chemicals and healthcare and retail logistics.

Commenting Chris Doughty, Managing Director says: “Acumen understands that its equipment and facilities have to be of the highest quality and of proven reliability in order to work in a time-sensitive market. To this end, the company is continually investing in the latest equipment and technology.”

A leading logistics provider to the automotive industry for the past 10 years, Acumen Distribution has built a reputation of providing inbound logistics and European freight solutions for a range of Tier One and Tier Two automotive clients. The company delivers to assembly plants across the UK on a JIT basis using the most cost effective transportation modes available including groupage services, unaccompanied Mega Trailers, supply chain management and emergency freight.


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