Connolly named as Scania UK sales director

Scania has appointed former Imperial Commercials regional director Vincente Connolly as its UK sales director.

Connolly takes the reigns in the position previously held by Andrew Jamieson, who left the role to become managing director of Mercedes-Benz dealership Intercounty Truck & Van last month.

Connolly said he was “delighted” to have been given the opportunity to lead the UK sales team at Scania and he was looking forward to working with retail and fleets sales teams “as we assist and enable our customers make the transition to more sustainable transport solutions". 

As UK sales director Connolly is responsible for the sales of all new Scania UK trucks, buses, coaches and industrial and marine engines. Aside from his one year stint at DAF dealership Imperial, Connolly had previously spent a year at failed hire firm TOM Vehicle Rental which went into administration in March 2018. Prior to that he spent over 10 years at Mercedes-Benz, most recently as national sales director for trucks.

Scania (Great Britain) MD Martin Hay said that Connolly has “experience in both internal and customer-facing roles”.

“His in-depth knowledge of the industry spans sales and aftersales, making him ideally suited for the pivotal role of UK sales director within our organisation,” he added. 

Crossland Tankers introduces a new design

Crossland Tankers brought the first of its new 6.8-tonnes 28,000-litre stainless steel lightweight single compartment molasses tankers to this year’s show from global commodity trader Prime, hooked up to the firms new Scania S 500 6x2 with a midlift axle.

One of the two unique features of the design was the positioning of the side mounted ladder, allowing the hose to be used on either side without having to drag it below the rear end, reducing wear and tear.

Secondly, the tank-top walkway occupies the full width with both sets of handrails operational from above or at ground level with control panels located in both places. Either the left or right side can be lowered or raised individually increasing operator safety while accommodating the loading arm.

Two baffles and three lids provide access to the unit, Crosslands business development manager Bryn Ives said, “Easing the cleaning and loading processes. The driver needn’t worry about which side the loading arm is located on either because of the mechanical handrails.”  

Enhanced lamps and extra reversing lights were specified to ensure optimal visibility during night operations or challenging conditions, helping the crew to stay safe, Ives adds.