Special anniversary Volvo FH marks 50-year relationship with Bowker Transport

George Barrow
April 9, 2023

Bowker Transport has taken delivery of a Volvo FH 460 to mark 50 years of working with Volvo.

The 6x2 tractor unit with I-Save has had a special livery to commemorate their relationship with the manufacturer.

Bill Bowker, director at Bowker Group, says: “This relationship was originally forged 50 years ago, and it is a partnership where customer input plays a vital part in the development of a transport solution. The decision to go with Volvo trucks originally was based upon our opinion that they have the safest and best products, supported by the most effective back-up service in the UK and Europe. As far as we are concerned, we made the right decision, and the relationship has grown and developed over the years.”

Preston-based Bowker Transport has been in operation for more than a century and is now one of the UK’s largest family-owned transport operations with 225 vehicles and 450 trailers. They also have 1.2m sq ft of warehousing at 10 depots.

Bowker Transport celebrated its centenary in 2019 with a special livery for two Volvo FH tractor units featuring a blue cab with a wide white band around the middle section and a narrow gold band.

The centenary design has been adapted on the new FH with the gold colouring wrapped around the top half of the cab and ‘1972 – 2022’ written above the door to mark the 50-year partnership.

Supplied by Thomas Hardie Commercials the 460hp FH will be used to deliver a variety of goods across the UK and into mainland Europe.

Read more about Bowker Transport and their 50 year relationship with Volvo Trucks in this week's Commercial Motor magazine. On sale now.

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George has been writing about nearly anything with wheels for the past 15 years and is the UK jury member of the International Van of the Year and International Pick-Up Award.

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