Dawsongroup to add £50m in new assets this year

Dawsongroup truck and trailer says it is continuing to invest in new stock throughout 2021 with 700 trucks on order for delivery later this year.

As well as the new vehicles, 600 trailers are also on order amounting to £50m in new assets. Despite disruption caused by Brexit and COVID-19, Dawsongroup truck and trailer says it invested £75m in new stock during 2020, having added more than 850 new trucks and nearly 1,000 trailers to its fleet while remarketing 2,000 older vehicles through its used sales business Dawsondirect.

John Fletcher, Dawsongroup truck and trailer MD, explained: “We actually rationalised and reduced the size of our transient fleet, but it continues to be in very good shape, in terms of both numbers and quality - and ready for the recovery.

“As a result of our continued investments, the new stock added to our fleet will improve vehicle reliability, bring new models, designs, technologies and safety features to our customers, while also reduce downtime and the average age of both trucks and trailers,” Fletcher said.

“Our business remains strong and, as the sector returns to some sort of normality, we’ll continue with our strategy of investing for the long term and helping customers bounce back from what have been exceptionally difficult times.”

T4 Logistics returns for new Actros trucks

Cardiff haulier T4 Logistics has taken delivery of four new Mercedes-Benz Actros 2548 BigSpace tractor units from Euro Commercials.

The new units will join a mixed fleet which includes vehicles previously operated by three recently acquired local companies as well as four new DAF XF 6x2s purchased in January.

“Those units gave us more problems than we anticipated,” explained T4’s transport consultant Mark Rees. “The Actros, by contrast, has an excellent track record in our fleet – they’ve been highly dependable and cost-effective to operative. For our latest order we therefore had no hesitation in returning ‘home’ to Euro Commercials who have always provided excellent customer service.”

Established in 2013 by David Butler, T4 logistics has steadily grown, carrying a range of loads from 20- and 40-foot shipping containers and demountable tanks to skeletal frame trailers and steel on flatbeds.

“We’re still a relatively young business but as individuals we’re all steeped in the transport industry,” said Rees. “Within our head office team we have a total of well over 100 years’ experience. As well as its proven reliability the Actros has always been a popular truck with our drivers.

"The latest developments on these new models only make it more so. MirrorCam, in particular, is clearly the way forward in vehicle design. Overall, we’re delighted with our new Mercedes-Benz trucks.”