CRS adds new FUSO Canter to growing fleet

CRS Canter

CRS Building Supplies has taken delivery of its first FUSO Canter trucks, expanding its fleet size to 22.

The South West-based building supplies company runs a predominantly DAF fleet that runs up to 26 tonnes, but has acquired four 7.5-tonne Canters because of their “exceptional payloads” .

CRS has grown into a 10-site company in just 14 years and says a flexible and efficient fleet is key to further growth in the future. In addition to the DAFs, the company runs a number of Nissan Cabstar 3.5-tonners.

Like the Cabstars, the new Canters will provide free local deliveries of products including power tools, a wide range of insulation products, timber, bricks and blocks, and loose or bagged sand and aggregates.

“We have a lot of coachhouses and tight worksites here in Somerset so we need something that is compact and manoeuvrable but, at the same time, we want something that can carry a lot of weight so we can do longer delivery runs,” explained Paul Gibbard, CRS building supplies transport manager.

“The Canters fit the bill perfectly. They are barely any bigger than our Cabstars in terms of their external dimensions but can carry an impressive 3.8 tonnes – compared with around 900kg.”

CRS acquired its Canter 7C15 models from Mercedes-Benz dealer City West Commercials, which celebrates a decade in business this year. The vehicles are powered by 3-litre engines, providing 150hp and 370Nm, while their steel tipping bodies are supplied by Brit-Tipp of Warrington.

“They’re a lot more comfortable than they used to be, too,” said Gibbard.

Safety was another high priority for CRS – the Canter’s low seating position, deep windscreen and side windows allow drivers to easily make eye contact with vulnerable road users.

The operator has added all-round recording cameras supplied by Leeds-based SM UK, strobe-light beacons and side repeating marker lights to boost safety still further.

The company acquired the first two Canters with funding support from Mercedes-Benz Finance, but purchased the second pair outright.

M&H Logistics opts for special pallet network-spec trailers

M&H logistics

Glasgow-based M&H Logistics has taken delivery of six specially designed double-deck trailers from Trailer Resources as part of its fleet replacement programme. The trailers were designed by Trailer Resources, which carried out extensive consultation with its customers within pallet networks, and manufactured by SDC.

Named the Damage Limitation Network Double-Deck trailer, it has a unique design of pelmet carrier to prevent damage while loading, and several features to improve the safety and strength of the units. New conspicuity tape markings also help forklift operators see the roof line of the trailer, and the roof rail has been designed to limit damage caused by an impact from a forklift truck while loading the top deck.

The six trailers have also been specified with full EN 12642 XL load-restraining curtains and are ADR-ready so that the units are not restricted by the work they can do in the M&H fleet.

The design, which has been made into a standard specification by Trailer Resources for all of its pallet network members, also sees wide-spread axles fitted allowing super-single tyres to replace standard twin-wheel configurations. Finally, to improve driver safety, front and rear pull-out steps have been added.

Trailer Resources sales manager Ryan Jones said: “Our customers had told us about the damage happening to their curtain rails and pelmets while in the hub, so in collaboration with SDC we designed a new pelmet carrier, moving it from the side to the roof, to stop it getting damaged by a forklift.

“We’ve worked with M&H since 2010 and these are the second batch of trailers they’ve taken from us, but we’ve made many important changes to make them more efficient and safer. We’ve designed this Damage Limitation Network Double Deck to give us a niche in the market because it has these extra, hidden safety features.”

M&H Logistics – part of the Fortec Distribution Network – has also redesigned the livery of the trailer curtains on the new units, and the design will be rolled out across the existing fleet.

Robert Paton, M&H Logistics operations manager, said: “Trailer Resources came to us with the design for its new trailer and I have to say it’s done a really good job with them.

“We specified them with full load-restraining curtains and these have been rigorously tested. I don’t know how many times we’ve had to have people out to repair damaged runners on the curtains, so the new design will make a huge difference in costs.

As well as the improvement to loading, rather than 12 tyres there’s now only six, a good thing from the environmental side too.”