South Wales Dealer Euro Commercials has supplied Caerphilly-based Chemical Corporation with a new Mercedes-Benz Actros 2533 26-tonner.
The truck features a StreamSpace cab, a 10.7-litre straight-six engine which produces 326hp and Mercedes PowerShift 3 automated transmission. Its curtain-sided body is by Commercial Truck Bodies, also of Caerphilly, and it has a 1.5-tonne DEL column tail-lift.
Chemical Corporation transports its lubricants in 1,000-litre intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) for ExxonMobil and the new Actros can carry up to 14 of these. This gives the operator the flexibility to handle orders of different products in smaller volumes, and carry extra items such as barrels of grease.
Previously, drivers have had to access their vehicle beds to connect the hoses and dispense lubricants from the IBCs. However, the new Actros allows the necessary connections to be made, and the pump operated, from ground level.
The Alpeco pumping system on the truck is housed beneath the vehicle floor, as are three hose reels which are colour-coded to prevent cross-contamination. It includes a five-year Mercedes-Benz Service Contract, with inspections and maintenance carried out at the Newport branch of Euro Commercials.
Operations director at Chemical Corporation Steve Stewart said: “Over and above the cost of the chassis, we’ve invested some £50,000 on fitting and equipping the body of our new Actros. That’s significantly more than we’ve committed in the past, but it’s money well spent.
“The pumps were previously mounted on the beds, which ate into our carrying capacity, while the fact that the driver no longer has to climb on top of the tanks to make the connections eliminates any risk of a fall from height."
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