Southampton and Derby based, Meachers Transport & Warehousing has taken delivery of twelve Mercedes Actros 6×2 tractor units following a comprehensive testing programme. Purchased through the Derby based Mertrux Group on a five year maintenance contract, the twelve Mercedes Actros trucks will be followed by three additional tractor units in March 2008.
They join Meachers 70-strong fleet, comprising of MAN, ERF and Iveco models. The new Mercedes trucks will operate at 44 tonnes with tri-axle curtainside trailers, carrying out general haulage and distribution work between the company's two depots in Southampton and Derby.
” These are the first Mercedes trucks we have purchased for twenty-five years”, said Richard Lambourne, Director at Meachers Group Holdings. “They have been chosen for their reliable, high-torque and fuel efficient engines along with their comfortable, user-friendly cabs”.
In operation five and a half days a week, the vehicles are double-shifted and are expected to cover up to 160,000 km a year. They will be regularly serviced by Mertrux, which is located close to Meachers one-acre site in Raynesway, Derby.
The Mercedes Actros 6×2 is powered by a Mercedes-Benz 12-litre turbo-intercooled V68 direct-injection diesel engine, which is classified to Euro 4 emission standard. Equipped with Telligent electronic engine management, brake systems and stability and proximity control, the Mercedes Actros offers Meachers the important features of economy, comfort and safety for both the driver and the load.
The enlargement of Meachers' fleet in Derby forms part of an overall expansion by the company in the Midlands area, following the winning of a number of new major accounts in industries ranging from aggregates to packaging. The new Mercedes Actros trucks underlines Meachers continuing investment in its fleet it now operates and consists of an extensive range of equipment including 44 tonne articulated vehicles, curtain sided rigids & trailers and tail lift vehicles.
Meachers Group Holdings Ltd., Mauretania Road, Nursling, Southampton SO16 0YS
Tel: 023 80739999
Fax: 023 80 740208