Custom Glass opts for new Atego fleet

Custom Glass has taken delivery of six 7.5-tonne Mercedes-Benz Atego trucks with box bodies.

The Liverpool-based operator opted for Atego 816 with ClassicSpace cabs and 156hp engines.

The order comes off the back of completion of a new production facility after its premises at Knowsley Industrial Park were badly damaged by fire. The vehicles were ordered in order to to help deliver the increased volumes of glass that are now being produced at Custom Glass’s new facility.

Specified with box bodies with internal glass-carrying frails from Truckcraft Bodies, of Stalybridge, Greater Manchester they replace four 7.5-tonne Atego glass-carriers with the two others being additions to the 16-strong Atego fleet along with an Actros tractor unit and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans.

Custom Glass MD Jeff Hooson said: “The fact that our trucks have bespoke bodies means that if one breaks down it’s very difficult to hire or buy a replacement at short notice. That’s why we’ve come to depend on the Atego, which leads the field in terms of reliability and longevity.”

Dunlop launches SP346+ multi-purpose tyre

Dunlop has launched a new steer tyre for all on-road uses which offered improved winter grip.

The new Dunlop SP346+ has been designed for all seasons and purposes with high mileage and durability in mind. It is aimed at operations that have a varied range of work in order for them to mix regional with short haul and urban deliveries, describing it as a “multi-tasking” tyre.

It features a newly optimised tread pattern for more even contact pressure which is said to increases resistance to damage and wear with stiffeners that act as rib connectors which reduce the slip of the should rubs when steering. That means

a higher usable mileage and longer service life under severe conditions.

Dunlop SP346+ are Three Peak Mountain SnowFlake rated to enable them to be used as winter tyres  and come as a 315/70 R 22.5 HL steer tyre with a 315/60 R 22.5 HL scheduled for launch by the end of the year.