Mertrux Truck & Van opens a £2m truck-dedicated workshop at its Derby HQ

Mertrux Truck & Van, which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary, has invested £2m in a new truck-dedicated workshop at its Derby headquarters.

The building, located at the rear of the site, incorporates seven full-length truck bays, two of which have pits. Equipment includes new column lifts and brake roller testers. In addition to improving capacity and efficiency, truck parking has also been increased.

Dealer principal Andrew Kerrane (pictured) said: “Once again, we have underlined our commitment and determination to provide customers with the industry-leading aftersales support they’re entitled to expect.

“Demand for our maintenance and repair support was extremely high when we embarked on this project, and despite the challenges presented by the pandemic we’ve remained busy throughout the last year. The overall increase in the number of available bays is assisting with throughput and means we can get both trucks and vans back on the road more quickly than ever before.”

Mercedes-Benz Trucks MD Wolfgang Theissen added: “Mertrux has been a fantastic ambassador for the brand over the last five decades, during which our longest-serving dealer partner has never wavered in its commitment to outstanding customer service.

“By investing in this impressive, truck-dedicated workshop, Mertrux has demonstrated once again that it can be relied upon by operators to do whatever it takes to restrict downtime and keep their Mercedes-Benz and FUSO vehicles out on the road and earning.”

Like the long-established maintenance facility on the same site, which will now be used solely for lighter vehicle, the new workshop is currently open until midnight on weekdays, and on Saturday mornings. A return to 24-hour operation is expected as Covid restrictions are lifted and the economy gathers pace again.

Hultsteins appoints Longhurst Refrigeration as its UK national aftersales service partner

Swedish refrigeration manufacturer Hultsteins has appointed Kent-based Longhurst Refrigeration as its UK national aftersales service partner.

As well as providing hands-on service to Hultsteins customers in its usual catchment area, Longhurst will also have responsibility for co-ordinating all R&M work carried out on Hultsteins behalf, nationwide.

“As a fully independent company, this is potentially a game-changer for us,” says Longhurst Refrigeration operations director Fred Allen.

Hultsteins offers two main products, both of which enable a truck refrigeration unit to be powered by the vehicle’s engine via a PTO, eradicating the reliance on red diesel.