Douglas F Mitchell continues love affair with Volvo

Douglas Mitchell


Laurencekirk-based, Douglas F Mitchell has added a new Volvo FH tractor to its fleet.

The FH comes with a range-topping Globetrotter XL cab, a 6x2 pusher axle, 4,100mm wheelbase chassis and 540hp.

Inside the cab is a leather interior and  Volvo’s Bed Resting Package, coffee-maker and microwave.

Douglas F Mitchell will use its latest  Volvo to haul a variety of trailer types on agricultural work.

Supplied by Volvo Truck and Bus Centre North & Scotland in Aberdeen, the truck is on a five-year, Volvo Gold Service Contract. 

Founded by Douglas and Rosehelen Mitchell in 1974 with one tipper lorry, Douglas F Mitchell now operates a fleet of ten vehicles, including seven FHs and one FM, which are bolstered by two full-time sub-contractors.

The Mitchell family’s association with Volvo trucks stretches back to 1983, when Douglas bought an ‘A’ registered F7 from Volvo truck dealers James M Forbes (Motors) Ltd in Aberdeen

Thermoking and Frigoblock recognised for low-noise equipment

Thermo King and Frigoblock have been recognised by the Noise Abatement Society for their advances in low-noise equipment around urban deliveries.

Thermo King and Frigoblock were awarded for their efforts to eliminate engine noise from trailer refrigeration units with their SLXi Hybrid technology. It uses geofencing to transition the unit’s operation from diesel engine to electric mode when it enters pre-defined urban or noise sensitive areas.

The John Connell awards ceremony at the Palace of Westminster recognises local authorities, organisations and individuals for having a significant impact on improvements to the aural environment.